From: Mark Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 23:24:40 EDT
My Vine's Expository Dictionary says of this word hUIOQESIA that God does
"not adopt believers as children; they are begotten as such by His Holy
Spirit through faith. Adoption is not a putting into the family by spiritual
birth, but a putting into the position of sons."
Did they use this word differently in the time of Paul than we do today?
I am not exactly sure what Vine's means. I assumed we were "adopted" by God
since we were not originally part of His family. But this statement by Vine
seems to confuse me. Looks like we were "spiritually born" into the family,
and this "adoption" is a subsequent event to our being "born again."
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