Friday, December 19, 2008

Why υἱοθεσία - Adopted by God

You may be thinking that υἱοθεσία - Adopted by God, is a curious name for a blog. I chose υἱοθεσία (huiothesia), as this is an important issue for my family at this time in our lives.

We are in the process of adopting a little boy who recently turned two. We have had him since he was 16 months old. I plan to share with him how God adopts His children and use his adoption with us as an illustration. It is my prayer that God will use it as a testimony to His grace and bring this little boy to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

huiothesia, which is pronounced hwē-o-the-sē'-ä, is of course Greek for adoption, which is a compound word from υἱός and τίθημι (huios and tithēmi). Huios is son and
tithēmi is to set or place or fix. It literally means to place as a son. The term was used in the New Testament only five times, all by the apostle Paul. I have been reading up on Paul's usage of huiothesia and it's Roman and Greek practice. It truly is an amazing illustration of God's adoption, in that all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of the son in the former family are lost (slave to sin) and now bound to his new family (salvation by God). In Roman adoptions, all previous debts are considered to be paid in full. It truly is an amazing illustration of God's forgiveness of our sins, canceling our debt and placing us as heirs with Christ!

As Paul Harvey would say, "Now you know, the rest of the story".

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