Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God (First John 3:1).
You’ve never heard his name, but Leslie Lynch King, Jr became the most powerful man in the world in the summer of 1974.
He was born in the State of Nebraska in 1913, and two weeks later Leslie’s mother fled her home to escape a physically abusive and alcoholic husband. She took her infant son with her to Michigan and soon married a paint salesman.
The hardworking and kind salesman adopted the baby, giving him a new father, a new family, and a new name. In an instant, Leslie King became Gerald R Ford, Jr. He was one man but with two names. The old things had passed away and all things became new. The younger Ford was catapulted into the pages of history when he became the 38th President of the United States upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.
Adoption is a legal act whereby a child is separated from its biological parents and placed permanently into a new family. In adoption, the rights and responsibilities of one set of parents is terminated and the child is brought fully into a new family. Once in this new family, every legal difference between the adopted child and any biological children comes to an end. All the children legally become joint-heirs together in the family.
Through faith in Jesus, the sinner – not a cute cuddly baby – is adopted into the family of God. By this great legal transaction, God the Father lovingly makes the sinner His child forevermore. In salvation, we receive a new Father, a new family, and a new name. O! What love of God to be made a child forever of the King.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name … and redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons (John 1:12; Romans 4:5).