The Family Altar
44 Now, in the spiritual sense after we were born into Christ, we become children of God. But then see, God knows best. Now, here’s where I say, reverently, disagree with my latter-rain brethren. You think I’m persecuting church? No, my dear brother, no. See?
Now, this boy, after he got a certain age, he had to be adopted into that same family he was borned into. Any minister knows that’s the placing of a son. He had to be adopted into the family that he was borned into. Could you imagine that? But that’s the Old Testament teaching; it’s…Paul’s referring to it here in Ephesians, the church of Ephesus.
45 Now, the thing of it is, brethren, we have tried to make each one here, and each one this, and each one that by laying on of hands and separating or setting apart. But God has to do that, the only One can do it.
Now, when the father became aware that this boy was not worthy, he never disowned him. He was still his boy. But he couldn’t put confidence in him. He was too carried about with all kinds of winds of doctrine. That’s what the Scripture says, “Be not carried about by every winds of doctrine, be stabled, always abounding in the works of the Lord, for so much as you know your works is not in vain.” Quickly, wish we could stay on that awhile.
46 But notice. This father then…The day come when this boy maybe, had been all right and was a worthy man. He listened to the father; he took instructions; he was a good boy. Then the father taken him out into the public street, and then he put a special clothes on him. And then the father had a ceremony and adopted this his son into his family.
Paul saying here, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption (See?), unto the adoption.” Moses a prefigure of it…
And then this son after he came out there, was given no longer—no longer was he just like the servant under a tutor. He was the boss. Amen. I hope this soaks real deep. Going to leave you in a minute.
47 Let’s get way down deep. This son was no more under a tutor but he was like his father. And his father give him certain things to do. The father might’ve told him, “You take care of this field over here, or you do this over here. You take care of the slaves; you take care of whatever it was.” He was in full possession (Amen.), for he was adopted into that family. And his name on a check was just as good as his daddy’s.
Now, what God has done, the reason we see these things, and know that there’s something wrong, friend. We see the promises of God; we see it in the Word of God. But God has just begin, to my humble opinion, to adopting His son, positionally calling him out to one side, giving him a certain ministry, anointing them for that purpose, and sending them out. Watch what happens when He does.
48 Everything that he give him possession over will take place. God adopted His own Son like that. Jesus, walking as an ordinary man, but one day upon Mount Transfiguration, He taken three as a witness Peter, James, John: hope, faith, and charity. Called them out, and He separated Jesus from them, and He over-shadowed Him. And the Bible said, “His raiment shined like the sun in its strength.” What was it? That special robe, God adopting His own Son.
49 And they seen Moses and Elijah appear and so forth. Then they show Him and they seen Jesus only. And when He looked back then, God the Father, after putting the robe on His Son, He said, “This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him.”
No wonder Jesus could say, “All the powers in heaven and earth is given unto My hand,” for He was adopted by His Father into the glorious Kingdom of God.
Now, sitting in the majesty at the right hand above every Archangel, and Angel, every star, moon, or every name that’s named in heaven. It’s subject to the Name of Jesus Christ. For He was adopted by God the Father.
55-0116A - The Believer's Position In Christ
Rev. William Marrion Branham