Today I’ve been remembering the marvelous truth that God is my Father. He has been with me all of my life, and as a young boy I heard His call and submitted my life to Him as Lord and Master.
But it was later in life that I was stunned by the fact that God Almighty calls me His adopted son. I found these verses in Isaiah, where God describes His relationship with Israel as one in which He has cared for them all the days of their lives:
“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
You who have been borne by Me from birth
And have been carried from the womb;
4 Even to your old age I will be the same,
And even to your graying years I will bear you!
I have done it, and I will carry you;
And I will bear you and I will deliver you. Isaiah 46:3, 4
As one who has reached the “graying years,” it’s good to know that the God who has carried me from birth says that “Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you.”
But God, my Father, has had me in mind longer than just 73 years.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6
God the Father chose me in Christ before the foundation of the world. That’s a long time ago. He did this so that I would be holy and blameless before Him. He predestined me to adoption as His son through Jesus Christ. He did this according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace.
I did nothing to earn this or deserve this. God the Father chose to make me his son to the praise of the glory of His grace.
How do I know this is true? One way is through the witness of the Holy Spirit:
12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:12-16
The Holy Spirit testifies with my spirit that I am a child of God — and if a child, an heir also, an heir of God and a fellow heir with Christ.
I have received a spirit of adoption as a son, by which I cry out, “Abba! Father!”
God the Father Almighty is my loving Father. To Him be all the praise and glory forever!