Adoption, from Scofield Reference Notes (1917)

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Adoption (huiothesia, “placing as a son”) is not so much a word of relationship as of position. The believer’s relation to God as a child results from the new birth John 1:12,13 whereas adoption is the act of God whereby one already a child is, through redemption from the law, placed in the position of an adult son. Galatians 4:1-5.

The indwelling Spirit gives the realization of this in the believer’s present experience Galatians 4:6 but the full manifestation of the believer’s sonship awaits the resurrection, change, and translation of saints, which is called “the redemption of the body” ; Romans 8:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 ; Ephesians 1:14; 1 John 3:2.

John 1:12-13

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he to become the sons of God, [even] to them that on his name

13 Which were born, not of , nor of the will of the , nor of the will of , but of God.

Galatians 4:1-6

1 Now I say, [That] the , as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

2 But is under and until the time appointed of the father.

3 Even so we, when we were children, were in under the elements of the :

4 But when the of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a , made under the ,

5 To them that were under the law, that we might receive the of sons

6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the of his Son into your hearts, crying, , Father.

Romans 8:23


And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the of our body.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

14 For if we that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the , and with the trump of God: and the in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be together with them in the clouds, to the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Ephesians 1:14

Which is the of our inheritance until the redemption of the possession, unto the praise of his glory.

1 John 3:2

Beloved, now are we the of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall , we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.


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