When we come to Jesus in faith, He wipes the slate clean, we are adopted as children of God
By Greg Holt
It’s once again Father’s Day. To some this is a great day, to others it’s no big deal at all, and to some this day evokes sadness or even anger. Some of us have great dads, and some not so great, yet others have dads who are/were let’s say – evil.
Father’s Day honors any man who has children obviously. The Bible tells us to honor fathers (and mothers).
“2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:2
There are some of you who your father has passed on, or maybe you aren’t speaking to them. Still, you can honor grandpa, a friend who is a father etc.
While it’s great to honor fathers, have you wished the Ultimate Father a happy Father’s Day?
Without our Father in Heaven, well we would not any of us be here at all regardless of what you do or do not believe.
“27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27
God truly is our father in a broad sense of the word, He did after all create the human race. We did not spring from the primordial ooze as some who are so foolish believe. We actually came from our own parents – but at the same time, if the Lord did not create our soul, the body would be an empty shell, like unto when someone dies.
For those of us who know Him, we actually can call Him Father, Abba Father. “Abba” means father in Aramaic and signified a close relationship between a father and his children. Jesus Himself called His Father Abba.
Abba is always followed by the word Father in Scripture, and the phrase is found in three passages. In Mark 14:36, Jesus addresses His Father as “Abba, Father” in His prayer in Gethsemane. In Romans 8:15, “Abba, Father” is mentioned in relation to the Spirit’s work of adoption that makes us God’s children and heirs with Christ. In Galatians 4:6, again in the context of adoption, the Spirit in our hearts cries out, “Abba, Father.” Together, the terms Abba and Father doubly emphasize the fatherhood of God. In two different languages, we are assured of God’s care for His children.
Many claim that all people are “children of God,” but the Bible reveals quite a different truth. We are all His creations and under His authority and lordship, and all will be judged by Him, but the right to be a child of God and call Him “Abba Father” is something that only born-again Christians have (John 1:12–13). When we are born again (John 3:1–8), we are adopted into the family of God, redeemed from the curse of sin, and made heirs of God (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). Part of that new relationship is that God now deals with us differently, as family. (Source)
Our Abba Father not only created us, but He loves us deeply, more so than we can understand. Despite our sinfulness and evil, despite turning our backs on Him, despite our repeated transgressions and rebellious attitudes, despite our breaking of all His commandments, despite our worship of many other things – He, our Abba Father still sent His only Son to save us from ourselves.
Take Saul for example – he zealously persecuted the Church. Saul hauled innumerable believers off to prison, had them incarcerated, tortured, and some of them killed. He (Saul) actively sought out believers in Jesus so he could imprison and punish them. If you know anything about the Bible, then you know Saul as the Apostle Paul – one of the greatest men of God to ever have lived.
NO one is beyond the reach of God.
When we come to Jesus seeking Him out, repenting of sin, asking for forgiveness, believing that the only way to the Father is through Jesus, that Jesus paid the price for our sin, and that we can do nothing to redeem ourselves – then does our Lord and God wipe the slate clean, He adopts us as His children, and gives us new life.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Have you wished your Father in Heaven a Happy Father’s Day?
I hope all that read this are saved, and encouraged by what you have read here. If not, get to know Jesus today, don’t wait! Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). The world will always be here, provided YOU are here. Jesus will not always be here waiting for you to come to Him. Once you die, if you have NOT accepted Christ, it’s too late, there will be no redo, no, “oops I made a mistake.”
As long as you are on this earth, Jesus waits for you to come to Him. Make sure of your eternal destination today, make sure that THE Father is truly your Father, and Christ is your brother.
“15 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.” Romans 8:15
“29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29
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