YHWH adopted us through Christ into the family of God. (Eph 1:5) Changing, our whole heritage, and our heredity, we are no longer slave under the law of sin as “Children of Disobedience”. The adoption has granted us a new identity into a new family – one that is holy, and obedient to the Will of God. We are now co-heirs with Christ – we now belong to the Father of Eternal life – of righteousness, not sin.
Our adoption also means, new filial life. It means, we are one and equal with other regenerated elects of God. Therefore, Christ gave us the two commandments – love God, and love one another.
This season, if you are struggling with a certain sin. I want to encourage you – you have a family beyond the biological one. I want to encourage you – you have friends beyond the people who know your name, but don’t know your struggles. Because you have not been saved in isolation. You have been saved into the family of Christ. Pray, and reach out for this family. I also want to urge you, if you see fellow brethren struggling – reach out to them this season. Comfort them with the Father’s love. And encourage them with the Father’s words. No one has to be alone. Because we are united by the love of Christ. Let us remember the Apostle Paul’s words, “(I)… urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph 4:1-6, ESV)
Read previous entries in this Series:
(i) Introduction: What Christ wants this Christmas (ii) December 1: Prepare the Way (iii) December 2: Mary’s Magnificent God (iv) December 3: The Confidence of Redeeming Hope (v) December 4: A Big God for Little People (vi) December 5: What He Willed to do (vii) December 6: Peace to those with whom He is pleased (viii) December 7: Messiah of all (ix) December 8: Christ is Central in Christmas(x) December 9: Two Kinds of Oppositions (xi) December 10: Our Treasure (xii) December 11: Why Jesus came (xiii) December 12: Replacing the Shadows (xiv) December 13: Christ, the Real Thing, the Perfect Priest (xv) December 14: Making Transformation Real (xvi) December 15: Abundant Life (xvii) December 16: An Unlikely Route to Victory (xviii) December 17: Freedom & Joy Secured in Him (xix) December 18: Pass Me Not (xx) December 19: Overcoming the Power of Death