Q7:1 QUESTION (1912)—1—”But ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father.” Does this expression, “spirit of adoption” apply to our Lord Jesus?
ANSWER.—No. Our Lord never was anything else than a Son. In no sense was He an adopted Son. God sent His Son into the world. When in the world He was a Son. His Sonship never ceased. He remained a Son, faithful, unto the death of the cross. When God raised Him from the dead, He still was a Son, raised up to the highest glory. Nor does this word adoption’ fit well to the Church’s experience. God does not adopt us in the flesh. He only has to do with us as New Creatures. And we become New Creatures not by adoption, but by the begetting of the Holy Spirit. The Diaglott gives the preferable translation.