Abba – Father (Romans 8: 15)

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Abba – Father (Romans 8: 15). In (Romans 8: 15), we read, “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.”

Right away, this name for God will turn some people off-whether because of failures on earthly fathers that are hard to disassociate from thinking of God as “Father” or because of modern indoctrination that the idea of God as “Father” should somehow offend our egalitarian sensibilities. But this name for God carries no such toxicity.

“Abba” is of Aramaic origin and is a term of affection and intimacy-like the English word “Daddy”. Traced to its root word, it can figuratively be translated to have the idea of “benevolence” and “protection”.

“Abba” is the word Jesus used in Mark 14 when praying in Gethsemane. It is the word that describes the God who has rescued us from slavery to sin and death and adopted us into freedom as His children. Not to be defined by the frailty and failures of earthly fathers-who even at their best are imperfect and, at their worst, can do lifelong harm-Abba is the One Who satisfies us with good things (Ps.103: 5), who redeems our life from destruction (Ps. 103: 4) who is near to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:8), and who answers those who call on Him (Jeremiah 33: 3)

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