So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:12-17
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He began “Our Father”. Today we recite the “Lord’s Prayer” without much thought to how radical this idea was in first century Palestine. Had Jesus done nothing more than to call God Father He would have had the Jewish establishment after Him. Jesus would be accused of blasphemy. A devout Jew would never think of calling God Father much less Abba. Abba was the term young kids called their fathers in Jewish households, much the same as our kids call fathers daddy. This would be the height of irreverence. Jews would neither speak nor write God’s names. Here was Jesus calling God Abba Father.
But there is more to this than the word father. In the customs of the time being the son was taken to be the equivalent of the father, someone who spoke with the same authority. This was the person who would take over all title and holdings of the father. When Jesus called Himself the Son of God this was not lost on the Jews. Jesus was claiming the authority of God.
In today verses Paul is telling us that we have been adopted by God as heirs to the kingdom. No we do not have the same authority as Jesus. Jesus was first born but we too have the right to be in God’s presence. Just as Christ was glorified by God so too will we be glorified. We will be made worthy of being with God all for calling on the name of Jesus.
God’s sons and daughters. It just doesn’t get any better.
Have a blessed day,