Torrey - Man -7.4- When does adoption occur?

IV. WHEN DOES ADOPTION OCCUR? Galatians 3:25-26 — "But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 4:6 — "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father." 1 John 3:1-2 RV — "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God: and such we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is."

First Proposition: The believer has already received his place as a son in the family of God.

We now have the rights of sons; we are not under tutors, governors, nor law. All things in the house are ours. Romans 8:23 — "And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."

Second Proposition: The full manifestation of our position as sons (the completion of our placing as sons of God) lies in the future and will not be realized until the body as well as the Spirit is redeemed. Colossians 3:4 RV — "When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory."