Gal. 4:6 -TPT – And so that we would know for sure that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts—moving us to cry out intimately, “My Father! You’re our true Father!”
Have you ever really thought about this verse? The Lord has sent the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts. One translation says that He has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts. That must mean I was once not a son but now I am. There was a time when I was a child of darkness or you could say a child of the devil. That dark nature was prevalent in my life seen in the things I loved and the things that I did. One day, the Lord sent the Spirit of Sonship into my heart.
A number of things changed radically as a result. First, I was no longer part of the brotherhood of man in this present world. I was translated from one community to another, The spirit of the world is hostile to the kingdom of God. I am no longer a part of that dark world. Secondly, The spirit of Sonship immediately began to cry out prayers of intimacy to my Father in heaven. I recognized by this new Spirit in my life that I am loved and in turn I now have a love for my Heavenly Father. Next, my loves have been changed. Putting it plainly, I love different things now. My affections have been turned toward the things of God.This is how Albert Barnes describes this new life. He says in it we have…
“The feeling of affection, love, and confidence which pertains to children; not the servile, trembling spirit of slaves, but the temper and affectionate regard of sons. Adoption is the taking and treating a stranger as one’s own child. It is applied to Christians because God treats them as his children; he receives them into this relation, though they were by nature strangers and enemies. It implies,
(1.) that we by nature had no claim on him;
(2.) that, therefore, the act is one of mere kindness—of pure, sovereign love;
(3.) that we are now under his protection and care; and
(4.) that we are bound to manifest towards him the spirit of children, and yield to him obedience.”
Christianity is a radical new life. It is more than going to church and getting a weekly pep talk, it is a drastic heart and life change. The Spirit of His Son in me yearns for more of this great Father God.