Psalm: 69
Old Testament: Jeremiah 22:13-22
New Testament: Romans 8:12-27

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ – if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him to receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ – if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:15-17)

One thing that’s often missed in interpreting this passage is that the term “Abba” is not simply a word which means father. It is a slang word and a term of endearment much like “Daddy” in English.

Paul’s reflection on adoption shows us that the process itself is not one which is strictly legal, but is one of affection and genuine desire both on our part, and on the part of the One who came to save us.

In Christ, God has begun a new covenant. A contract and promise that assures us that we are loved…and that everything God has is also ours for the asking. 🙂

Through faith in the Son, we are offered not only eternal life, but a protector, a Saviour, someone to wipe our tears, someone to correct us when we go wrong, and someone to encourage us building up our talents and pursue our many vocations in this life….leading us in the end to the Father who will give us his signet ring, put the best cloak on us and pull out all the stops in order to rejoice at the presence of his precious children. 🙂 +

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