Torrey - Man -7.2- The Origins and Grounds of Adoption

II. THE ORIGIN AND GROUNDS OF ADOPTION. Ephesians 1:3-6 RV — "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise.' of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."

Adoption originates in the eternal, sovereign, unmerited grace of God. Not because of any merit seen or foreseen in us, but because of His own loving, gracious choice, He foreordained us to adoption as sons. He did not foreordain us to adoption as sons because we were fit for the place; but, having foreordained us to adoption as sons, He makes us fit for the place to which He has graciously foreordained us.

Adoption is through Jesus — i.e., on the grounds of what He is and does.

Because of what His only begotten Son is and does, God adopts many sons.