For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father! (Rom. 8:15 ESV)
We have been adopted into God’s family. He has become our Father, just as we call Him the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The scripture above states that we received the Spirit of adoption as sons and cry out “Abba! Father!”. The word “Abba” is a borrowed word from the Aramaic Language which also means “father.”
Adoption in our society today still teaches us that there is more about being a father than merely being the biological parent. An adopted child has the full rights of a child, as much as a biological child while the adoptive patient bears the full parental responsibility towards the child. Though this process is similar to our adoption by the Lord, His method of adoption has a substantial difference to note.
Natural adoption is first a legal process. The adoptive father is not, and will never become, the biological father of the child because it is humanly impossible. However, God does not adopt His children by signing any legal papers to take up the responsibility of fatherhood. He adopts children by giving them the nature of His Son. He is Creator God! God’s children are not just legally His children, but they are REALLY His children! This is why the Spirit in us looks at us and see God’s DNA and nature in us and says(paraphrased) “yes, we are indeed God’s children! ( Rom. 8:16). We praise You, Abba! Father!
Declare that “I am a Child of God by faith in Jesus Christ. I am a partaker of the divine nature in Christ. I have received the Spirit of His Son into my heart!”
APPLY THE WORD
Celebrate Father God! Fatherhood on the earth in all its forms is only a picture of the Fatherhood of God. This is why Satan has mustered his artillery in this end-time to destroy manhood and fatherhood in our society and homes. We must not let him succeed.
Thank the Lord for adopting us into His family and being such a good Father to us.