RHB. hb. 134pp.
he 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.
Table of Contents:
- Introduction: Correcting a Caricature
- The Greatness and Comprehensiveness of Adoption
- Adoption Compared in the Two Testaments
- What Adoption Is Not
- The Westminster Assembly’s Definitions of Adoption
- The Transforming Power of Adoption
- Pastoral Advice in Promoting Adoption
- The Marks of Adoption
- Transformed Relationships in Adoption
- The Privileges and Benefits of Adoption
- The Responsibilities or Duties of Adoption
- Motives for Pursuing the Consciousness of Adoption
- Warning, Invitation, and Comfort
Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.
“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.” – Ligon Duncan
“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