As many as receive him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).
Let others boast their ancient line,
In long succession great’
In the proud list, let heroes shine
And monarchs swell their state:
Descended from the King of kings,
Each saint a nobler title sings.
Integrate means …bring or come into equal participation in an institution or body… The definition of expel is force or drive out…
A child that has been adopted and integrated into the family never has to fear expulsion. There have been instances when a child, for one reason or another, has sought out their biological parent(s), but without forsaking their adoptive parents or vice-versa. They feel that the ones who have raised them are their parents as much, and in most cases, more so, than their biological parents.
The Bible says that we have “…received the Spirit of adoption…” (Rom 8:15). The Greek word for adoption is uihothesia (hwee-oth-es-ee’-ah), which is the placing as a son… Eph 1:3-5 states, in essence, that God has predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ unto himself. To those who receive him, that is, accept him as Savior, is given the power (privilege) to be become the sons of God. Those who come to him, God receives to himself as adoptive children.
The meaning of adoptive should bring great joy to the ones who have been received into the family of God. It denotes a place chosen as one’s permanent place of residence. The adopted child finds comfort that he has found a place to call home, where he is raised by ones who have integrated him into the family and will never force or drive him out.
We can boast of blood lines, family trees, and family roots, but there is no nothing so precious as the knowledge that we have been adopted into the royal blood line of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.