My husband’s birth parents, through a series of circumstances, eventually relinquished their parental rights. He and a brother were adopted, becoming part of a completely different family.
Adam and Eve accomplished a similar severing with their Father, terminating their rights to live God’s original plan, creating enmity instead.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15 KJV)
Christ changed that. Only in the New Testament do we find adoption, and find it to the highest order.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Romans 8:14-16 KJV)
That never ceases to amaze me. God as our Father, by His choice, in His time.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:4-7 KJV)
God planned, ordained and predestined this adoption process from the beginning.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4 KJV)
Before the foundation of the world, He planned the adoption process.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:4-7 KJV)
So, what do we get from this adoption?
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17 KJV)
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7 KJV)
A note on the Triangle of Love (TM)
I found the above symbol first as a tattoo.
Searching for why it was a symbol of adoption, I found this graphic on the blog of an adoptive Mom. I also discovered that it was the Trade Mark for The Gladney Center for Adoption.
"Triangle of Love jewelry is a touching symbol of adoption. A triangle intertwined with a heart symbolizes the birth family, the child, and the adoptive family joined together by love, as equal partners in the adoption experience. " Their jewelry selection is available online.