(Comments on Ephesians 1:5-6 from sermon notes) -
Of course, first of all, we
have to be recipients of this grace and peace.
And we are, but not simply judicially (“you are declared righteous”) or
financially (“your debts are forgiven, your account has been imputed with
righteousness”) but primarily interpersonally.
The plan was to adopt us as sons to our heavenly Father. First, note that both men and women are
adopted as “sons,” meaning with the
same inheritance rights (v11, 14, Gal 3:26-29).
Second, human adoptions are only a shadow of this real adoption where we
are actually given the Spirit of the Father.
Third and similarly, in a world of fatherlessness, we may be tempted to
overlook the immeasurable blessing of having a heavenly Father. Human fathers and human adoptions are like
the moon to the sun. If you only could
see during the night and the moon was your defining experience of illumination,
imagine your surprise when one day you saw a noon-day sun.