Adoption is a big thing. It’s even described as being greater than the universe.
To all who believe in Jesus, “you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'” (Romans 8:15)
The Apostle Paul is making a contrast.
Without Christ, we were slaves. Ah, but with Christ, we are made sons!
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.~Romans 8:22-24
Sin affects the whole creation. The whole universe is groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
And it is our big A Adoption (God the Father Adopting us) that is the redemption of our bodies.
God the Father in Christ is redeeming the whole creation, the whole universe because all those who are under the law are cursed; “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree'” ~Galatians 3:13.
Christ came “to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” ~Galatians 4:5.
Did you get that? We were cursed but now we receive big A Adoption as sons.
Without Christ we were cursed. Ah, but with Christ, we are big A Adopted as sons
When we begin to struggle through trying to understand big A Adoption, we are moved with compassion to an intensely high degree in helping orphans, the fatherless, trafficked, abused, the poor, the needy, and those in distress. ~James 1:27.
It is understanding our Adoption through Christ by the Father that intensifies our current pursuits of love and justice in the world.
Your passion and pursuit of love and justice is not as intense as you think it is
If you want to have your mind blown, your world rocked, and a paradigm shifting experience, you need to attend the Together for Adoption 2012 National Conference.