I’m currently reading through Dan Cruver’s book, Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father (2011, Cruciform Press), and it is excellent! (Grateful to have won a copy from Steve McCoy! – You should follow him on Twitter…@stevekmccoy) It’s proving to be a theologically concise, beautifully written, gospel-centered discussion of the doctrine of adoption, and thus far has been a profound encouragement to me.
The following is Cruver’s discussion of how the gospel, the Trinity, and the doctrine of adoption work together to graciously allow the redeemed to participate in the circle of joy-filled communion that has eternally existed in the triune God:
The good news of the gospel is that God’s gracious provision of adoption, irrespective of our grievous demerit, is the activity by which he enlarges the circle of communion that has eternally existed between the three Persons of the Trinity! The joyful news of the gospel is that God the Father brings us to share in the loving communion that he forever enjoys with his eternal and natural Son through the work of his eternal and natural Son in our place and in our stead. Through adoption God graciously brings us to participate in the reciprocal love that ever flows between the Father and the Son. No only is this the very heart of adoption; it is also the very heart of the gospel. (pp. 26-27)
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s soaked with gospel encouragement, and is a great primer on the doctrine of adoption and its implications for the life of the follower of Christ. Not to mention the book also features chapters by John Piper, Scotty Smith, Rick Phillips, and Jason Kovacs!
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