Adopted into God’s Family
by Trevor J. Burke
This is another worthy contribution to this excellent IVP series of New Studies in Biblical Theology.
Trevor Burke vividly demonstrates that although it is wonderful to be justified and declared righteous by God and also to be redeemed from the slavery of sin, more wonderful than all is to be adopted into God’s family and enjoy the full rights of sonship.
Against the backdrop of the Roman practice of adoption with its life-transforming implications, we are taken through the glories of the Father’s loving choice of us, the privileges and responsibilities of being part of His family of adopted sons, and the magnificent model of Christ’s unique sonship.
Apart from firing a few blanks in his chapter on ‘Adoption and the Holy Spirit’, Trevor Burke has provided us with a superb heart-warming book. I found it stirring and inspirational. As Alastair McGrath says (quoted on page 197), ‘Adoption is about being wanted. It is about belonging.’ There are few themes that can inspire such joy, especially when you realise that we are talking about God and you!