“He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will” Ephesians 1:5
“Beloved, now we are children of God!” 1 John 3:2
No man has any ‘right’ to be a child of God–it is an act of pure unmistakable grace!
If we are born into God’s family, it is a miracle of mercy. It is one of the ever-blessed exhibitions of the infinite love of God, that has set itself upon us.
If you are this day an heir of Heaven, remember, man, you were once the slave of Hell. Once you wallowed in the mire of sin!
If you would adopt a swine to be your child you would not then have performed an act of greater compassion, than when God adopted you.
And if an angel could exalt a gnat to equal dignity with himself, yet this would not be as great a privilege as that which God has conferred on you.
He has taken you from the dunghill, and He has set you among princes!
Remember that this is pure grace! Look back to the hole of the pit from where you were dug, and the miry clay from where you were drawn.
Charles Spurgeon, 1834-1892