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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Dr. Russell Moore on the Doctrine of Adoption from "Adopted for Life"

[With so many systematic theologies and confessions of faith published by Christians throughout the centuries, what work is there left for a theologian to do? One endeavor that is, I believe, beneficial to the Church as a whole is when theologians devote themselves to a fresh, thoroughly biblical examination of doctrines that have been under-emphasized in other writings. Part of what Dr. Russell Moore accomplishes in Adopted for Life is just this: Dr. Moore elucidates and systematically presents the doctrine of adoption found in the pages of Scripture. In the following short passage from Chapter 2-- which I've picked almost at random because there is so much gold here-- Dr. Moore explains some results of God's adopting work.]

The Spirit is continually telling the people of Christ that they-- excuse me, that WE-- are blessed in Christ through adoption (Eph 1:3-5). We are all Abraham's children because Jesus is (Gal 3:28-29). Perhaps we were, at one time, Gentiles, but we aren't part of the uncircumcised order anymore (Eph 2:11). We are all now fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Eph 2:19). We are to exchange our old self for the new self created after the likeness of God (Eph 4:22-24). We are now brothers (Rom 8:12).

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