Abba, Father…Daddy

Galatians 4:6 (NIV)

Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

Abba is Aramaic for the word Father. Abba was also a Swedish pop group from 1972, but they are not the subject of this story.

When the word Father is Abba was used in New Testament times, this word would be used by a child addressing his or her father. It would have been akin to the modern use of the word, dad, daddy or papa. However, the New Testament writers are careful to avoid too great a familiarity in addressing God. Instead of translating Abba, they trans-literate it, so that it takes on special significance in reference to God. Then, Abba is used in conjunction with the word Father – “Abba, Father.” Father is the translation of Abba, but by putting the two together, the address to God is both personalized and kept in the proper tone of respect. The double title has both intimacy and dignity.

What image comes to mind for you when you hear the word Father? Everyone has a different image or point of view. When you say father many people have an image in their minds of love, character, respect, laughter and acceptance. Sadly for many people the name father brings up memories and thoughts of fear, rejection, anger and disappointment.

That’s why it is so very important that we do not take our understanding of Abba, our heavenly father from our human experience. We need to take that experience and understanding from His Word, so that we may fully know who He is. All earthly fathers are imperfect, there are some earthly fathers who bring harm, pain and suffering to their children. So it is important to understand Abba our heavenly Father in light of the Bible. Our creator, our God is the perfect model of a Father in every sense of the word, and in the truest sense, in His Word.

Our heavenly Father “Abba” was willing to pay the greatest price to save and redeem us.

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

As our heavenly Father He is always there for us. He is in love standing ready at a moment’s notice, in all circumstances to meet and supply our every need.

Luke 11:11-13

 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Even when we rebel and go our own way, and are disobedient to Him, he in love disciplines us and holds us in His loving arms, always doing what is best for us.

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,

Because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father, we are the children he delights in. As our heavenly Father the love He gives and demonstrates for us is 100% unconditional. Even if we are disobedient, get angry with God, follow our own will, He still loves us. Even when we do not love Him in return. John tells us 1 John 4:19 we love because He first loved us. His love for us as “Abba” our heavenly Father is so vast and wide that he has made us heirs and has built a home for us in heaven and awaits the day when our flesh no longer remains, and we are as Paul wrote, absent from the body, and present with the Lord.So these are the thing and definitions of our heavenly Father in the Bible.

He has adopted us and made us his children through the blood of his Son Ephesians 1:5 ….he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—God, “Abba” our heavenly father desires an intimate relationship with us, his children. He is our comfort, and our strength. There are no arms bigger to hold you, and there is no love greater than His.

He alone is “Abba”, dad, daddy, papa, and Father in every sense of the word. What a glorious blessing we have to have Him as our parent, and how precious and wonderful it is to be His child.

Galatians 4:4

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

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