"Abba, Father !"
Text: Galatians 4:6c
THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON
The redemption that Christ wrought brought about our new status as “sons of God”. A very special feature is highlighted in the following text.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth
the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out ‘Abba, Father!’
Paul wrote a similar word in his letter to the Romans.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
1. The ministry of the Spirit of God with reference to sonship
a) He is sent to live in our hearts.
b) He teaches us to relate to God as “Abba, Father!”
i) The word “Abba” may be translated “Daddy”.
ii) The Spirit of God wants us to know that we can relate intimately with God as “Abba”.
iii) There is no need to be in bondage to fear.
c) He leads us as sons of God
i) We need His guidance.
ii) We need to be sensitive to His leading.
d) He bears witness with our spirit and confirms that we are indeed the children of God.
2. Appropriate response to God as sons of God
a) We must learn how to relate to God as our Father far better.
b) We must desire to be good sons and daughters of God.
c) We must learn to yield to the leading of the Spirit of God.
d) Our hearts should prompt us to desire to be in communion with God in prayer.
e) We must seek to deepen our understanding of God as our Heavenly Father.
f) Our love for God as our Heavenly Father must increase more and more.
g) We must truly stand in awe that we can be called “sons of God”.