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The Glories of Adoption: 1 John 3:1-3: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”; Romans 8:15: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

I. Watts

1 Behold what wondrous grace
The Father has bestowed
On sinners of a mortal race,
To call them sons of God.

2 ’Tis no surprising thing
That we should be unknown;

The Jewish world knew not their King,
God’s everlasting Son.

3 Nor does it yet appear
How great we must be made;
But when we see our Saviour there,
We shall be like our Head.

4 A hope so much divine
May trials well endure,

For we, as sons in Christ, are made
As pure as he is pure.

5 If in my Father’s love
I share a filial part,

Send down thy Spirit, like a dove,
To rest upon my heart.

6 We would no longer lie
Like slaves before thy throne;
Our faith shall Abba, Father, cry,
And thou the kindred own.


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