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Westminster Shorter Catechism
Question 34


Q: What is adoption?
A: Adoption is an act of God's free grace,1 whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God.2


  1. 1 John 3:1. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
  2. John 1:12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
    Romans 8:17. 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.

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