The Christian Faith
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Episode #65: “Adopted” Sons? Really?
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Length: 19 minutes
The most basic, foundational truth of the New Testament, and of the Bible as a whole, is that God desires to be one with man; that is why He became a man in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14). In doing so, He necessarily took on the human nature.
Now, to complete the process of making us one with Himself, He is working to uplift our human nature with His divine nature. He does this by giving us His divine life with its divine nature through our new birth in Christ (John 1:12-13, 3:3), so that, as the Apostle Peter says, we are made “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4).
Unfortunately, so many Christians today fail to understand this truth, in large part because their Bibles wrongly tell them that we have merely been “adopted” by God (e.g., Eph. 1:5, Gal. 4:5), so that that we do not actually share in His life.
The problem has to do with how to correctly translate the Greek word huiothesia (Strong’s #5206). So, in this shortcast we consider the crucial question of what our relationship with God actually is, and also, what is a better way to understand and translate this Greek word.
RESOURCES REFERRED TO IN THIS EPISODE
Articles on Other Websites:
On GotQuestions.org: “What does it mean that Jesus is God’s only begotten son?”
BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED
IN THIS EPISODE
John 1:14: The only begotten Son.
Romans 8:15, 8:23, 9:4, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5: “Adopted” sons (KJV, etc.).
John 1:12-13: Begotten of God.
John 3:6: Born of the Spirit.
2 Peter 1:4: Partakers of the divine nature.
Romans 8:28-29: Christ is the Firstborn among the many brothers.
This edition of the program was recorded starting on Tuesday, 3 October 2023 in Chicago, Illinois