Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery bringing you into fear again, but you have received a spirit of sonship in which we cry, Abba, Father! Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father!
"Abba" is an Aramaic word which also means father. When these two terms "Abba" and "Father" are put together, the result is a deep, sweet sense, a sense that is exquisitely intimate. "Abba, Father" is sweetness intensified. Children of every race address their father in such a sweet way: in America we say, "Daddy"; in China they say, "Baba"; and in the Philippines they say, "Papa." We need to call, "Abba, Father." If you do it, you will realize how sweet it is. Why do we call, "Abba, Father"? Because we have a spirit of sonship. If a certain man is not my father, it will be difficult for me to call him "Daddy." It may be easy for me to call him "mister," but I cannot call him "Daddy." It would be even harder for me to say to him, "Abba, Father." In fact, it would be impossible. If my dear father were still living, I would like to call him, "Daddy." It would be so sweet to address him in this way because I was born of him. Young people, there is no need for you to doubt whether or not you are the sons of God. When you say, "Abba, Father," do you have a sweet, intimate sensation within you? If you do, it proves that you are a son of God and that you have a spirit of sonship.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 217-218. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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