“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father’” (Romans 8:15)!

Apparently, even the Greek speaking Roman Christians were familiar with the Aramaic term for father, “Abba,” a term used by both Jesus (Mark 14:36), and Paul, even when writing to Gentile Christians (Gal.4:6). It’s a term that captures the most personal expression of intimacy with God and, for Paul, embodies the spirit of the adoption first formulated in 2 Samuel 7:14, and what would be the scope of God’s relationship with the coming Messiah. This prophetic declaration from Nathan to David, Paul now views as being no less true for the followers of Christ: “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me” (2 Cor.6:18).

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