One of the final official documents concluding the adoption process is a letter from the Department of Social Development, informing you that the adoption has been processed and finalised by the Registrar of Adoption.
One sentence that stands out to me from this document is the following:
“Your adopted child is now seen as being born from you”
What a powerful statement! I can’t help but reflect on this sentence and relate it back to our adoption into God’s family by the work of Jesus Christ. When we accept Christ by faith we are adopted into God’s family as His sons and daughters. In the very same way an adopted child becomes as much part of a family as a biological child.
“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4b-6
That means we are legitimate children of God – sharing in the same privileges, the same love and the same fellowship that Jesus has with His Father! Praise the Lord – for He is the author of adoption!