We are adopted.

We are adopted.


For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
— Ephesians 1:4-6, 13-14

Think it through

  1. How does it make you feel to know that God predestined the plan of salvation before creating the world?
  2. How does the notion of our “adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ” change the way you think about your relationship with God?
  3. Paul says we were chosen to be “holy and blameless in his sight.” And yet we still sometimes sin and fall short of the glory of God. What other part of this passage is able to reconcile these two opposites?


Lord, I know you have adopted me as your own, yet I still sin, I still fall short, I still make bad choices. Thank you for never forsaking me, and for bestowing upon me your grace. Help me to walk the path you have laid out for me in righteousness, so I may truly see and know you better each day.