Supernatural adoption

Supernatural Adoption is a term, in Christian theology, use to refer to the new relationship effect between God and men by means of divine grace in Baptism, so that they become "children of God".

When St. Paul, using a technical term borrowed from the Greeks, calls it adoption, we must interpret the word in a merely analogical sense. In general, the correct interpretation of the Scriptural concept of our adoption must follow the golden mean and locate itself midway between the Divine Sonship of Jesus on the one hand, and human adoption on the other -- immeasurably below the former and above the latter. Human adoption may modify the social standing, but adds nothing to the intrinsic worth of an adopted child. Divine adoption, on the contrary, works inward, penetrating to the very core of our life, renovating enriching, transforming it into the likeness of Jesus, "the firstborn among many brethren".

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* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01148a.htm "Catholic Encyclopedia" "Supernatural Adoption"]


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