Romans 8:15 (KJV) For 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 of the children in the neighborhood called Mr. Akande their father because Mr. Akande was truly a father to many of them who had lost their dad’s in the war. He provided for them and paid their bills even though they were not his biological children. But Mr. Akande and his biological children were really close. When every other child would say Mr. AKande is our father, Henry his son would say Mr. Akande is my dad.
Mr. Akande didn’t necessarily know the voice of all his children in the neighborhood, but he knew the voice of his son and would respond quicker if he heard that voice.
‘Abba’ is one of the first words a Jewish child utters. It’s very much like the word ‘Dadda’ English speaking families hear their children say as first words when the child tries to say ‘daddy’.
Before Jesus, no Jew dared to call God Abba. It was too personal a term with which to refer to God. But Jesus was the first to call God ‘Abba’ because God was His dad (see Mark14:36).
Today, through faith in Christ Jesus, and by the indwelling Holy Spirit, we have that kind of personal relationship with God such that we can call Him Abba or dad.
Those who are led by the Spirit are those who walk in this realm of relationship with their heavenly father. The thought of today’s verse started in Romans 8:1 and down to verse 13, we see that the topic of discussion was walking in the Spirit as opposed to walking in the flesh. We see that those who have the Spirit of God dwelling in them (not just a one-time filling) are those who walk in the Spirit(see Romans 8:9). And now we are seeing that it is those same people(who walk in the Spirit) that have this personal relationship with God as Father.
-Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible in 1 Year: Luke 15-16 (in today’s audio)
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