Welcome to Day 3 in our Hope is Here Bible Study. This study was originally developed for my church, The Father’s House, in Rochester, New York. Check out the Hope is Here message series at http://www.tfhny.org.
Day 3 – The Inheritance of Adoption
When a child is adopted into a new family, they are invited into all the benefits and responsibilities of the new family. Although it isn’t deserved or earned, the adopted child has full access to everything that comes with being a family member. What a beautiful picture of the love that God has shown us through Jesus. We all have lived lives that have no business being invited into the family of God. And yet, by the grace and mercy of God, he chose us to become his adopted children. And scripture tells us time and time again how desperately God loves us and seeks to bless us, as we learned in our first day of this study.
In today’s reading we discover that, just as children adopted into human families, we have access to an incredible inheritance as adopted children of God’s spiritual family. As you read todays verses, see if you can identify the inheritance that is promised to us as members of the family of God.
READ – Ephesians 1:15-23
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
REFLECT – Take a moment to answer the following questions in a journal or the notes app on your phone… and then leave a comment below about what you learned.
- Question 1: In verse 18 we read, “that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you.” What does this phrase means to you?
- Question 2: What does this passage teach us about Jesus Christ?
RESPOND – As we look ahead to the next message in the “Hope is Here” series at church on Sunday, take a moment to reflect on what it means to be adopted as a child of God and how this influences how we act to our neighbors.
Leave a comment below and share what you are learning.