Abba, Father

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Galatians 4:4-7 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.

abba fatherThis chapter is rich in doctrine, and a tremendous encouragement as we realize our position – as Gentiles (though now, sons) – in Christ. We see that God (the Father) sent the Spirit (The Holy Spirit) of His Son (Jesus Christ) into our hearts (what a great picture of the trinity in one verse). And though we were servants, because of God’s goodness, we have been made sons.

As sons, we have the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us, crying and testifying of our relationship to the Father, with and for us. We know that the Spirit bears witness with our spirit, that we are the sons of God. Romans tells us that the Spirit helps our infirmities, and makes intercession for us when we don’t even have the words to say. But here, we see that the Spirit simply utters “Father, Father” on our behalf. Today, I thank the Lord that I have a rich position as a son and an heir with Christ. And with this, I have access to the Holy Spirit, through Whom I have access to the Father. Spiritually, I’m a rich man, and thank the Lord for it!

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