But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God … — John 1:12
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are … — 1 John 3:1
Many people see adoption as a glimpse into the gospel. In a blog post about the vision for Show Hope’s Adoption Aid work, Co-founder Mary Beth Chapman spoke of the first moment she held Shaohannah Hope (Shaoey), her first daughter who was welcomed into their family through adoption. Mary Beth wrote, “God was gracious to give me an incredibly beautiful gift as I began to understand anew the great depths of God’s love for His children. God, our Father, as the relentless pursuer of love sought after me, adopted me, and made me His—forever, for better, for worse.” As God works through the adoption journey, children are welcomed into the love, security, and permanency of a family. Families and communities can learn and experience more through the adoption journey about what it is to be loved unconditionally as a child of God.
In his book “Knowing God,” J.I. Packer poses the question and provides an answer :…