Biblical Images of Salvation
Complete a theological essay that will address the relationship of human sinfulness to an aspect of the doctrine of salvation. Students will examine one of the biblical images of salvation (adoption, conversion, regeneration, redemption, reconciliation, justification, election, sanctification, or glorification) and define and describe the doctrine with its biblical, historical and theological contours as well as discuss how this image of salvation relates to and addresses the problem of sin. Finally, the student will apply the implications of this doctrine to the Christian life and for the student’s chosen vocation. The essay will be 800-1,000 words. Refer to the “Course Policies” in the course syllabus for the formatting expectations in this course. This assignment aligns with MLO’s A-D and the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 2-4, Communication and Information Literacy 1-5, Critical Thinking 1, 2.
Adoption and Salvation
In a layman’s language, the term ‘Adoption’ refers to the assumption of parenthood to a child who legally or biologically belongs to another parent. The concept of adoption has been widely utilized in the physical world whereby the child being adopted is purported to be saved from tribulations that will affect his or her life. In retrospect, this analogy is relatively applicable in the spiritual world whereby through salvation, all human beings become God’s children. Although sin has separated people from God, His agape love towards His creation has made Him reconsider the barrier by implementing strategies that will guarantee the establishment of a reunion with His beings.
Although many would consider the spiritual perception of adoption as vague, it has been proved, theologically, that we are the children of God. In Christian life, adoption means being admitted into God’s family. This suggests that God is not our biological Father, rather our spiritual Father, our Creator, and our Abba, who wanted us as His own. He chose us to be part of His family. In the book of John 1: 11-12 the Bible clearly spells out that Jesus came to that which He considered as His own (meaning everything that belonged to Him, including His world, His creation, His possession), but those who he presumes to be His own (the Jewish Nation) rejected Him. However, those who received and welcomed Him were given the right which is the authority and privilege) to become God’s children.
From the above assertion, Jesus, who was sent by God, came to reclaim what he values the most, and in this case, it was His people. Some rejected Him, but those who believed in Him were considered to be the children of God. This scripture reiterates the act of adoption very vividly. When we, as His people, welcome Jesus into our lives, our hearts, and assent Him, He adopts us to be his children.
Another verse that supports this idea is Hebrews 12:7, where the author insinuates that we must submit to correction every time we sin as it is the purpose of discipline. God is dealing with us as His children because if a child is not disciplined he or she may turn out to be an abomination to society. In this verse, we are told that He will discipline us like our earthly parents. He disciplines us because He loves us and wants us to benefit from being corrected.
Since the beginning of time, God has always referred to us as His children. In the book of Galatians 4:6-7, the author tells us that because we are His sons, God has sent the spirit of Jesus into our hearts. With this, we are no longer slaves to sin but heir to his throne. In broader prospects, when a child, in the natural world, is adopted, he or she is given, by default, all the benefits, and rights belonging to his or her adoptive parents. In the assumption that he/she is their biological child, the child definitely becomes the sole haired of whatever his or her parents will leave behind after death. In like manner, God also stresses that we are his heirs. In Romans 8:17, the author suggests that if we are His heirs we will suffer just as Jesus (His Son) did but we will also share His glory. When Jesus came to earth to dies for our sins, he went through spiritual and physical suffering. In a similar way, God suggests that all His people are bound to experience the same fate. But since Jesus is now sitting in His father’s glory, all people who believe in Him will also enjoy similar benefits.
After creation, God clearly set out a plan on how we will forever be his children but the introduction of sin seemed to have affected the entire blueprint. However, since God has always been faithful, He ensured that human beings will gain salvation and that after all is finished, the end of the world, those who heeded His guideline will experience the true nature of being His Children. Even so, in the modern world that we are living in, many people are insensible about salvation and some do not a good as well as a clear idea of what it means by being adopted by God, its possibilities, and how special it is. When we sin, we tend to feel unworthy and distant from God and when we are told that God still wants to adopt us, the perception of this act becomes vague. What, people don’t understand is that despite their sinful nature, God is always willing to accept them only if they repent their sins and accept heed to his instructions.
The practicality of this belief is rather relevant in modern society but people tend to overlook the parameters involved in the process. Take, for instance, if you see a child in the streets, abandoned, alone, looking dirty, thirsty, hungry, and doesn’t seem to have anywhere to go, since he or she has nowhere to live or any person to take care of them, what would be the most probable and humane thing to do? When a Christian is subjected to this question, the most probable answer would be taking the child as their own and administering all aspects of care. This is because, such a child needs love, something which has been absent in his or her life for a long time. Ostensibly, this is the exact same thing that God would do to us, sinners. Though we may wander away and thrive in sinning, God is always ready to take us back, feed us, close us, and love us as his own.
Although sin has played a major role in separating us from our creator, God has always laid out plans to reinstate this relationship. Jesus dying for our sins sealed the plan of salvation for all human beings in that we are now adopted and considered as his Children.