You can’t lose your adoption! No, not ever! Adoption is aFOREVER arrangement! December 17th will mark the 43rd anniversary that the Judge of the District Court in the county and state in which I was born, has justified me in his decree, as being a full-standing and legal member of my adoptive family. It will be 43 years that my name has become officially and legally recognized as forever valid. It will be 43 years since being an orphan. It will be 43 years since I was saved from the lost state of belonging to no one.
The final two paragraphs from the judge’s decree of my adoption are of significant importance to me. For it is in these words that my identity was forever established. As were my full legal rights to be an heir of my parents; inheriting the right to all that is and would be theirs. Through this decree, I was justified. I was made right by the proclamation of the county judge. The Decree states in part:
” The parties are of sufficient ability to bring up and furnish said minor child suitable nurture and education; and that it is fit and proper that the Petition be granted; and that the Petitioners desire the name of said child to be as hereinafter set forth.”
Hereinafter! What a powerful word! Hereinafter is defined as…”after this, after today, beginning now, commencing immediately, from here on in, from here on out, from now on, from now on in, from this day forward, from this day on, from this momentum, from this point on, from this time forward, from this time on, hereafter, immediately, immediately following today, in a subsequent part of the statement, in a subsequent part of this document, in future, in the future, looking ahead.” Hereinafter December 17th, I would forever possess a NEW NAME! A NEW IDENTITY!
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED, that said minor child shall, from and after the date of this Decree, be deemed and taken to be the child of the Petitioners… And that the said child be deemed as respects all legal consequences and incidents of the natural relation of parent and child, the child of the Petitioners by adoption, the same as if said minor child had been born to them in lawful wedlock; and that the name of said minor child shall be…”
Not only did the adoption decree bestow upon me a new name, but it gave to me a new relationship as well. I became a SON to my father and mother on that day. All that was and would be their’s, had become mine on that day. This was a legally binding mandate ordered by the judge. His pronouncement will stand FOREVER! It cannot be altered or deleted. I can never do anything so bad to my parents that I would no longer possess my name or cease being a member of the family. I am FOREVER their’s!
When God adopts us as his son or daughter, the results are the same. On the day that we repent (turn away from) our sins and turn in Faith to Christ Jesus who redeemed us from our orphaned state, we are justified and given a new name by the Judge himself. He gives us a name to honor His first and perfect Son, Christ Jesus. We are given the name of Christian. We become brothers with Jesus, and our Father will FOREVER be our father. We have been redeemed from our lost state and separation from the Father and are now heirs with Christ to all that is our Lord and Father’s. This new relationship can never be taken away from us. We can never sin so badly against God our Father that we would no longer possess the name that he has given to us, or that we would be disinherited as a member of His family. We areFOREVER His! What joy and peace this brings to know that we will never again be orphaned and lost!
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 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.” ~ Romans 8:14-17
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” ~ Romans 8:29-30
”And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” ~ Philippians 1:6
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Brief Biography of Blogger Beau Weber
Proper introductions begin with names, so let me tell you how to pronounce mine. It’s pronounced, “Bo” or “Boe” or “Bow” and rhymes with “Joe” or “Dough”. It’s quite simple, really, but being my name originates from the French, it can (and often does) get mispronounced.
I am a Christian, a husband to Kari and a father to two boys aged 6 and 11. I was adopted into a new family when I was an infant. My full-time vocation is that of a mental health practitioner and counselor for at-risk boys.
I began The Julius Project blog in 2013, but there has been a Facebook version since 2012. This is my place to think out loud (and in public) while Biblically contemplating adoption and its Gospel significance. It is my motivation and goal to more clearly display to my family (and on-line readers) that the beautiful painting of my adoption (and yours) can best be viewed as an “in-your-face” representation to the world of how God brings, keeps, and loves new children into HIS family.
Adoption, quite simply, is a beautiful picture of The Gospel!
It is The Gospel that I wish to put on display!
WHAT DO I BELIEVE?
Christian - I affirm that Jesus is my Saviour. Protestant - I affirm the five “solas” of the Reformation. Reformed - I affirm the doctrines of grace, principles known to some as Calvinism. Evangelical - I believe the gospel (which is the original and truest meaning of “evangelical”).