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The word “adoption” is a word which is used only five times in Scripture and all five times in the New Testament. Nevertheless, the concept is found throughout the Old and New Testaments and is a very important and comforting part of the gospel of God’s grace. Adam himself is called the son of God in Luke 3:38, and though perhaps his sonship differs in some respects from ours, it is still a sonship by virtue of adoption. So too, one of the most common names given to the saints in Scripture, and which implies the truth of adoption, is the...

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While the Arminian boasts in the fact that he “asked Christ into his heart” and he “promised to give his life to God,” the Scriptures teach us that salvation is not the result of man’s will and works, but it is the gift of the sovereign grace of God alone (Eph. 2:8-9). If we are to boast, therefore, we must boast not in what we have done, but in what God has done for us and in us. “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Cor. 2:31). God alone is our Savior. This becomes even more evident when we consider the fact that...

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The calling of the child of God to live a holy and a spiritually separate life is very difficult. There are the extremes on either side that must be avoided. On the one hand there is the extreme of living along with the world in its lusts. On the other hand there is the extreme of seeking to flee the world in the physical and local sense of the word. After we have identified the two extremes we still have the rugged and toilsome way in which most of our battles are fought. The way to which God calls us...

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In studying the biblical truth of adoption we have seen that election is the eternal source of our adoption as the children of God. The wonder of “the adoption of sons” is first revealed in the fact that it is “predestinated,” and the close relationship between election and adoption reveals the sovereignty of God’s predestinating purpose. Even the earthly picture of adoption reflects the fact that it has its source in a sovereign choice.

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III. About Anti-Semitism and the Trinity “I thought you might invite me to your office in Temple Beth Anshe Chesed,” was the way the Rev. N. K. Russo began his third conversation with the rabbi. “No,” that dignitary replied, “I prefer the advantages of an open-air restaurant with nothing but the Creator’s shade trees and Jehovah’s heaven over my head. Such comfort we should always have! Such delicious espresso to stimulate our discussion on the planned topic of, you should pardon the expression, ‘anti-Semitism’! You don’t believe in it, do you?”

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