Abba! Father!

“….and because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:6)

So much in this verse. Paul has spent time and effort to prove that the Galatians and all those who belong to Jesus are God’s offspring. This has been necessary to show the relationship with being an heir and receiving the promise. The law could not bestow this relationship to its followers. Only those who followed Jesus and accepted His covenant could be considered for son-ship.

Now, Paul wants another important fact about be God’s Sons to be known. The gift of the Holy Spirit is promised to all who have saving faith and are baptized into Christ. It is a gift for the Sons of God just as it was a part of The Son of God. This Holy Spirit is a sign to the receiver that he/she has been adopted by God.

The language of the Spirit tells us how wonderful that Father-son relationship is. Even though Paul is writing to mostly Gentiles who speak Greek, he uses one Aramaic word to describe this amazing news. It is the common word for Father. We would say Daddy or Pappa in our common speech. This is a very informal word and denotes a close relationship that could only exist in a real family. What is God telling us when He says, “Call me Daddy?”

He’s telling us that we are His “Sons.” His heirs, His close family whom He loves as a father loves his child. Men or women, we can call God Daddy Father because we are His rightful Sons. How powerful is that?

Task for Today: Draw close to your Father in heaven and He will draw close to you. He is no longer a distant God but one who is close by watching over us as a father does his son. Jesus explained that it was like a mother hen and her chicks. Accept this relationship. Claim your place as Son and receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who will lead you in your walk with your father and God.

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