Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, 1 Peter 1, 18-21
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. John 17, 5
I don’t think we have yet grasped the magnitude of what took place at Calvary.
Calvary was the place of the end of one Adam, and the beginning of another, who is Christ.
God who has chosen to be with us for ever, in the event of the Son, who becomes a human, who now becomes us?
The perfect humanity of the Son, incarnating his eternal substance of perfections into his sons.
Everything Adam represented was my natural inheritance, just by being born into this life.
Now our new lineage in Christ, goes back to the father?
As I once lived through Adam, I now live through the eternal Christ.
Everything Adam had and was, once was mine, but now evening Christ has and is, is also mine, through sonship.
My memory of the life I once lived through Adam, is now transferred through the cross, over to the memory Christ lived with his father?
Jesus brings us back home to the father, where all things have their origins and beginnings?
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17, 22-26
Through my new identity in Christ, I am beginning to see that my history started not in this world, through my natural parents, but my history started with Christ, before the world was.
The life I now live in Christ, is the life, which brings us back to the time before the fall?
In the beginning we were selected to sonship, through predestination and foreknowledge.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8, 15-17
God selected us in Christ before the world was, to be his sons through his Son.
So that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4,5-7
The amazing reality is that everything that Christ was and is, we inherit through adoption.
Adoption takes us back to the beginning, before the time of the fall, to the divine purpose of God, to have many sons.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, Ephesians 1,11
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8, 23
The end of the story of sonship, brings us back to the beginning, back to the father, who chose us as his own, though his only Son?