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Today’s post will be short, not simply to take less of your time, but because at the end I would encourage you to pause for a moment of reflection.

In the ancient world a father’s inheritance was passed along to his son. If a father had no son, he had no heir. Necessitated by this dilemma, a son-less father would search for a suitable son to adopt. This adopted son would become the father’s heir.

Now think about this: God had a Son. And not only did the Father have an heir, He had a perfect Heir, a beloved and well-pleasing Heir (see Matthew 3:17, 17:5; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22, 9:35; 2 Peter 1:17).

Reflect on this: God had a Son—a perfect Heir.

Which means that under the shadow of the ancient custom:
Your adoption was unnecessary.
My adoption was unnecessary.

This post is part of a series of posts exploring and celebrating the adopting love of God, entitled Adopted.