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Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption

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The Puritans have gotten bad press for their supposed lack of teaching on the doctrine of spiritual adoption. In Heirs with Christ, Joel R. Beeke dispels this caricature and shows that the Puritan era did more to advance the idea that every true Christian is God’s adopted child than any other age of church history. This little book lets the Puritans speak for themselves, showing how they recognized adoption’s far-reaching, transforming power and comfort for the children of God.

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  • Presents the doctrine of spiritual adoption
  • Discusses the role of the Puritans in the advancement of the idea of adoption
  • Includes pastoral advice for the modern church

Top Highlights

“Regeneration and adoption deal with two different problems. Adoption deals with our status. We are by nature children of wrath and children of the devil; our status is one of alienation and condemnation.” (Page 25)

“William Perkins said that a believer should esteem his adoption as God’s child as greater than being ‘the childe or heire of any earthly Prince [since] the sonne of the greatest Potentate may be the childe of wrath: but the child of God by grace, hath Christ Iesus to bee his eldest brother, with whom he is fellow heire in heaven; hee hath the holy Ghost also for his comforter, and the kingdome of heauen for his euerlasting inheritance.” (Page 15)

“God, in regeneration, has allowed His born-again children to become partakers of His own loving, holy nature” (Page 26)

“Love and communion with God lie at the heart of adoption, according to John Owen” (Page 44)

“both justification and adoption are forensic concepts” (Page 32)

Dr. Beeke is well-known for his landmark work setting the record straight on the Puritan doctrine of assurance. Now he comes to our aid again with a superb treatment of the Puritans on adoption. I welcome his expert entry into this important field, and commend his keen insights and careful analysis to all who are interested in knowing ‘what the Puritans really said’ about adoption.

—J. Ligon Duncan, president, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

In this short but spiritually substantive book, Dr. Beeke—a wise and careful ’pastor theologian‘ in the best sense of both words—introduces us to the Puritans’ comforting and transforming work on spiritual adoption. More than just historically informative, this volume should be warmly welcomed by all Christians who want to learn more about this crucial aspect of our identity as sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

—Justin Taylor, VP of editorial, Crossway

  • Title: Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption
  • Author: Joel Beeke
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 134
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Adoption (Theology); Puritans › Doctrines
  • ISBNs: 9781601780409, 1601780400
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:36:42Z

Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, and editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth. He has written, coauthored, or edited over 70 books.


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