Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Grown-Up Christians Say "Daddy God!"

"15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

Many Christians say "It's good that people see Jesus as Savior. But they have to see Him as Lord."

That is a gross misunderstanding of Jesus' heart. He came to be our Savior, and that is the best way for us to revere Him as Lord!

In a similar fashion, many Christians will say "Yes, God is our Father. But we must understand that He is God Almighty, and we must show Him immense reverence."

An attitude of despite manifests among many: "How can these 'grace people' say "Daddy God!"?"

Because that is how He revealed Himself to us--especially through His Son!

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" (John 1:12)


"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." (Galatians 4:6)


"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." (1 John 3:1)

And of course!

"Herein is love perfected among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)

When Jesus rose out of baptism, what did the world hear?

"And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17)

Jesus arrived, a fully-grown honored Son before His Father.

Today, because of Jesus' Finished Work, we have received the full "Adoption" as Sons, and our hearts cry out "Daddy God!"

This adoption, however, is more than being taken out of an orphanage or granted the status of son in a family.

The Greek word for "Adoption: conveys the sense of full maturity, that we are granted full status and power of sonship, like "Coming of age."

In other words, our Father views as mature Christians, grown-ups.

So, there you have it: Grown-up Christians say "Daddy God!"

Anything less is a spirit of bondage, a sense of servitude, distance, loss.

Be a grown-up Christian. Receive the fullness of Jesus' Finished Work. Run to your loving Father, and don't hold back that deep cry of love and dear dependence:


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