The Place of the Abrahamic Covenant in the Salvation of Mankind


Chapter 5 - HE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE OF ADOPTION

There are two ways that a person can have children and descendants. One is by natural procreation within a family and the other is by the institution known as adoption. Adoption is defined as the voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child. Once a child is adopted by its surrogate, legally-recognized parents, it enjoys all the rights and privileges including the right of inheritance, as other children by natural birth.

It is perfectly obvious that if Gentiles are to be deemed and counted to be Abraham's children, progeny and seed, it must be by the process of adoption since Gentiles spring from a different progenitor.

It would be scarcely possible to define the process of the adoption of Gentiles into the family of Abraham, better than is done by the apostle Paul in Galatians 3:26-29. After discussing the vital role of baptism into Christ, the apostle makes this declaration:

"If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise".

One of the terms of the Abrahamic covenant was the right for the seed of Abraham to join in the covenant and so become beneficiaries and heirs under its provisions. Gentiles accomplish this by being baptized into Christ, thus becoming Abraham's seed by adoption.

On four other occasions, Paul refers to the fact that Gentile believers are the adopted children of God and therefore become an adopted seed of Abraham and a participant in and beneficiary of the blessings nominated in the terms of the covenant. (Romans 8:15; and 9:4; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5)