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Chapter 12: Of Adoption

The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith

Of Adoption

All those that are justified, God conferred, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption,1 by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God,2 have his name put on them,3 receive the spirit of adoption,4 have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father,5 are pitied,6 protected,7 provided for,8 and chastened by him as by a Father,9 yet never cast off,10 but sealed to the day of redemption,11 and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.12

1 Eph. 1:5Gal. 4:4–5
2 John 1:12Rom. 8:17
3 2 Cor. 6:18Rev. 3:12
4 Rom. 8:15
5 Gal. 4:6Eph. 2:18
6 Ps. 103:13
7 Prov. 14:261 Pet. 5:7
8 Heb. 12:6
9 Isa. 54:8–9
10 Lam. 3:31
11 Eph. 4:30

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