Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Adopted

On Adoption
“While it costs us a lot to adopt children, it cost God the blood of His own Son.”
Rick Morton and Tony Merida, Orphanology
“Adoption graphically and intimately describes the family character of Pauline Christianity, and is a basic description for Paul of what it means to be a Christian.”
- Trevor Burke, Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor
“Forgiveness isn’t an end in itself. The point of forgiveness is to remove the barrier that stands between us and God so that He can give us His Spirit and bring us into His everlasting family.”
- Darrell Bock, Real Lost Gospel
On God as Father
“What is a Christian? The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father.”
J.I. Packer, Knowing God
“There is no one concept of God which dominates the theology of Paul more than [the fatherhood of God].”
Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin and Daniel G. Reid, Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
“Hope based on the experiential knowledge of God the Father is the climax and glorification of all hope.”
- E.Y. Mullins, The Christian Religion in Its Doctrinal Expression
- Quotes from The Gospel Project, Fall 2013 – “Bearing God’s Image”