Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 20

Q & A 74
Q What is adoption?
A Adoption is an act of the free grace of God *1, in and for his only Son Jesus Christ *2, whereby all those that are justified are received into the number of his children *3, have his name put upon them *4, the Spirit of his Son given to them *5, are under his fatherly care and dispensations *6, admitted to all the liberties and privileges of the sons of God, made heirs of all the promises, and fellow-heirs with Christ in glory *7.

*1 1 John 3:1.
*2 Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:4-5.
*3 John 1:12.
*4 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 3:12.
*5 Galatians 4:6.
*6 Psalm 103:13; Proverbs 14:26; Matthew 6:32.
*7 Hebrews 6:12; Romans 8:17.

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