Galatians 4:4 - 6
ESV - 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law. 5 To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
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Greetings, sir Harold and Mrs. Karen Dueck. To be ''adopted'' by God means to be ''accepted'' by God as His children. Men who do not have Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives are merely ''creatures'' of God; but now, as Jesus has died for humanity, everyone who believes in His finished work and resurrection is reconciled with God, thus restoring that pristine state on which Adam (the first man in the world) was. It is to this ''spirit of adoption'' that the apostle Paul alludes to, in his epistle to the Romans 8:15. By that spirit, we can call God our ''Abba'', which means ''Father'', in an affectionate sense. I hope it is clear. Should there be more questions pertaining to this, you may please ask. Thank you.
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