As I’ve been reflecting on Easter, and the price that was paid in order for us to enter into God’s family, I found this passage deeply encouraging and humbling. It is an excerpt from J. I. Packer’s book Knowing God in a chapter titled Sons of God. It is a beautiful description of our adoption into God’s family, his love and his grace.
Adoption, by its very nature, is an art of free kindness to the person adopted. If you become a father by adopting a son or daughter, you do so because you choose to, not because you are bound to. Similarly, God adopts because he chooses to. He had no duty to do so. He need not have done anything about our sins except punish us as we deserved. But he loved us; so he redeemed us, forgave us, took us as his sons and daughters and gave himself to us as out Father.
Alesia Barton, Administrative Assistant