Eph 1:5 Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, Gal 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father!
The goal of God's predestination is sonship. We were predestinated to be sons of God even before we were created. This is according to the good pleasure of His will, which is His purpose. This reveals that God has a will in which is His good pleasure. We have this sonship by God putting the Spirit of His Son into us. At the time we believed in the Lord Jesus and were regenerated, the Spirit of God came into us as the Spirit of the Son of God. This is the reason that after regeneration we can easily and sweetly call, "Abba, Father." Before we were regenerated, we could say at most, "O, God, help me." But after we were saved, we spontaneously began to cry, with tender, intimate feeling, "O, Abba, Father." Without the Spirit, we cannot cry, "Abba, Father," so sweetly and intimately. But what a pleasant, sweet, and comfortable feeling we have when we say this! This is a strong proof that the Spirit of God is within us. We have the Spirit of sonship.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 39-40. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: email@example.com.
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