Spiritual Adoption


Last week we looked at the process and the seriousness of adoption in the Roman culture and now we want to begin looking at the consequences of adoption. I encourage you to keep in mind that although Paul is speaking to Romans familiar with adoption, that he is, of course, referring to our spiritual adoption by Abba. See what truths of our spiritual adoption you find symbolized in a Roman adoption.

It is the consequences of adoption which are the most significant part of the picture in Paul’s mind. There were four main consequences.

First, the adopted person lost all rights in his old family, and gained all the rights of a fully legitimate child in the new family. In the most literal sense, and the most binding legal way, the adopted person got a new father and family.

Second, it followed that the adopted became heir to his new father’s estate. Even if the new father had blood children, it did not affect the adopted person’s rights as heir. The adopted person was in-alienably co-heir with them!

Third, according to law, the old life of the adopted person was completely wiped out. For instance, legally all debts were canceled; they were wiped out as if they had never existed. The adopted person was regarded by law as a brand new person who had never before existed. They now had a brand new life with no past.

Fourth, in the eyes of the law, the new adopted person was literally and absolutely the child of the new father.

Wow! What a picture this paints for us; adopted by Abba Father. This is who you are right now. What an amazing adoption our Abba has completed. Next week we will look more at the adoption process and its consequences for us.

Is there anything you would like us to write about? Any questions or topics about our faith journey you’d like addressed? If so, do so by emailing me at the following email address thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com


“But God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archived messages of past months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and Twitter.

 You may ask, “Why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”

Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing “John 3:16” our outreach. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!


  • Steve Sharer
    Steve Sharer - April 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I was comparing your Turkey Vest to a couple of others before I bought a new one. I decided to buy a competitors for a couple of reasons. But as I was exiting your web sight, I noticed spiritual something and clicked on it. I read the article and seen that you are going to start putting pamphlets in the pockets. I think that is awesome! Even though I do not like your Bone Collector Turkey Vest quite as well as a competitors, I will probably buy yours instead, because of your spiritual stand! Use what you have for the Lord! I commend you all! Keep up the Good Work and do not be weary in well doing!
    Steve Sharer

  • Johnny Tuton

    I thank God for your service to his kingdom. I pray his blessings upon you.

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