posted on: Jun 29, 2017
The Apostle Paul uses adoption to illustrate our salvation. When he uses adoption his frame of reference is Roman adoption, which was a common thing in those days.
Roman adoption looked like this… A child, sometimes even a young adult, was taken out of their previous status and placed in a new, permanent relationship with his new father. Old debts were canceled; they didn’t carry over into the new position.
The child was given absolute stability, assurance, security, and authority with sonship. He could now use the term ABBA when speaking to his Father; a term of endearment, a strong, but intimate word.
What Paul is saying is, as Christians, we are no longer identified by our biological family bloodline, rather by the blood of Jesus.
We are given a new name CHRISTIAN, a new inheritance FREEDOM, SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES WITH JESUS, HOPE, ETERNITY WITH THE FATHER, RESOURCES A HUNDREDFOLD.
We have a new power, a new authority in the HOLY SPIRIT. We have confidence to go before the throne of God to receive grace and mercy.
We get to reign in life as citizens of Jesus’ kingdom.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
That’s a true statement, you are no longer held accountable for your sins, you no longer have to be ashamed of your past, Jesus has dealt with it.
If you’re familiar with the story of Moses going to Pharaoh to demand the release of the Israelites, you’ll remember that when Israel was finally aloud to leave Egypt, they were completely free from the slavery that once held them, and yet, they still wanted to go back. They still brought with them Egyptian worship, Egyptian practices, Egyptian philosophy.
WHY? Those people beat and killed them! They killed their babies! Why would you want to bring into your present freedom anything from your past slavery?
This is our situation. You are no longer a sinner. You’re not a slave to sin, you are called beloved and righteous, and yet you choose to go back to the old way at times.
You and I descend from the family tree of Adam and Eve.
Their intent after they disobeyed God was to shield and defend themselves from God and from each other. This aim of protecting ourselves from God and from others comes in lots of different packages…
CONTROLLING, FIXING, FEAR, WITHDRAWING, IGNORING, DENYING, PACIFYING
LONELINESS, ANXIETY, FRUSTRATION, RESENTMENT, BLAMING, ETC…
We must look at our family of origin and see some of the tendencies they have and that we may have picked up and still cling to.
Do the following activity:
What are the TEN COMMANDMENTS OF OUR FAMILY OF ORIGN?
(Write down how you’re family viewed and dealt with the following…)
It’s important to explore our family of origin to see patterns that may be keeping us from fully following Jesus.
It’s also important to explore our past to where we have made agreements with lies about who we are. Spiritual warfare is essentially believing lies rather than truth. (I know that is probably over simplified, but it’s true.)
For instance, someone may have spoken curses over you that you have believed as truth. “You’re hard to love.” “You’ll never amount to anything.” We can easily make agreements with lies like this and they need to be broken.
We break those agreements by practicing LISTENING PRAYER. We invite the Holy Spirit to reveal agreements we’ve made that need to be broken. We name those agreements and we take the authority Jesus has given us to break those agreements. I strongly recommend that you either do this with a partner or at least tell a partner what you’re learning through listening prayer so they can walk with you as you continuously believe TRUTH rather than LIES.
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