Eph. 1: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Adoption gets some strange looks and ideas, even in the Church. There are those who think that adoption is fine as long as it is within the same race. There are those who believe adoption is fine as long as you sort of keep your family looking somewhat the same and with similar personality traits; they may even think that one should try to attain a similar intellectual level when adopting.
But what does God show us through His vertical adoption of His children? If there is every tongue, tribe and nation represented in God's family, then it should make sense that He is not interested in segregation within a family. It should make sense that He has chosen His children in eternity past and He did that without any merit on our part. He selected us before we had any intellect, looks or character traits.
There are people who would like to adopt that want to be selective of their children's features. Does that resemble How God made His choice of us? Isn't it awesome that He did not choose us because of something that we had done? If He did, then we would always have to keep doing it to remain in His good graces. But He chose us because He loves us and wanted to choose us. He chose us because He knew He could get glory in making us His own. When all we had to offer was sin and need, He chose us.
Now we have a "Big Brother" who makes intercession for us. Now we have an Advocate to the Father who will do what is best for us. Now we have an Advocate who has been tempted in all things, but He did not fail in any and He is making intercession for us. He can approach the Father, because He is perfect.
What an amazing story. This is the Gospel and everyone needs to hear it. We need to preach the Gospel to ourselves everyday. God did this for us!