Rom.8:15,16 – And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father! For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”
Do you ever think of how special it is to be called a child of God. Without spiritual revelation we cannot catch the ramifications of sonship. You may have heard that you are a child of God and thought that everyone is one of God’s children. That’s not what Jesus or the Apostle Paul taught. Before conversion Jesus said we were children of the devil. Paul was a little more tactful, he said we were children of darkness. We were not born into this world as God’s children. There has to be a distinct time that you actually become a child of God. When Christ comes into our hearts we receive the Spirit of sonship or Spirit of adoption. Only when one is born again do they become a child of God. Here are some comments from the notes in the Passion Bible about these verses.
“Abba is not a Greek word, but an Aramaic word transliterated into Greek letters. Abba is the Aramaic word for “father.” It is also found in Mark 14:36 and Gal. 4:6. Abba is also a word used for devotion, a term of endearment. This is why some have concluded that Abba could be translated as “Daddy” or “Papa.” It is hard to imagine a closer relationship to have with God than to call him “Abba, our Beloved Father.”
Do you remember that moment in your life? The Father adopted you and sent His Spirit to live inside of you. You were recreated and now have become His son or daughter. This is the place of intimacy that all of our hearts are crying out for. Finally we are not alone any more. The Lord has come to us and is our Heavenly Father. Now today’s verse makes sense. Abba, Daddy; this is the cry of total dependency and total trust. I am safe in my Father’s arms.