DIG for Monday the 28th of December….. Abba Father, the second time…..Galatians 4 v 6

Jesus was the first to use the term Abba Father, and the Holy Spirit also said this.

We saw that Jesus used this term during His hardest time on earth, now we see the Holy Spirit using it during a more joyous occasion.

We can read in the Word that the Holy Spirit cried out this phrase as He entered our heart at our initial salvation (Galatians 4 v 6).

Jesus was sent to provide a route for our salvation and God wants every man to come to repentance and salvation (2 Peter 3 v 9).

So when a man comes to the realisation that he needs a Saviour and puts his trust and faith in Jesus this is a joyous occasion for the Lord.

Hence when a man is saved and the Holy Sprit enters his heart He cries out Abba Father in joy and happiness.

The Greek word for crying is “krad-zo” and means to shriek, scream and exclaim.

So the Holy Spirit is shouting loudly as in celebration.

The Lord was glad when you were saved, and His Spirit screamed out in joy.

And we can shout out in celebration too.

Yesterday I said we could say Abba Father in our pain and hurt, well we can also shout out Abba Father in joy and celebration.

God the Father, our Dad, wants to share in our good times as well as our bad times.

We can go to Him with our successes and our good times.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can use the example of the Holy Spirit and shout out Abba, Father”.

Galatians 4 v 6…..And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father

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DIG for Sunday the 27th of December….. Abba Father, the first time…..Mark 14 v 36

Jesus was the first to use the term, “Abba, Father”; before this account in Mark we do not see this phrase in the whole of Scripture.

He said this in the garden at Gethsemane, as the enormity of His task was fully understood by his human mind (Matthew 14 v 36).

In His hardest time, at a time of great stress He spoke out to His heavenly Father and called Him Dad.

He came to His Father with an affectionate and intimate term, even in the hardest of times.

As we will see later we can also now say, “Abba, Father”.

In your hardest times you can approach your Heavenly Father and call Him Dad.

Even in my hardest times, and even when I had done some stupid things, I always knew I could still approach my earthly father and call him Dad.

I didn’t change my attitude or the way I spoke to my Dad at these difficult times.

It is the same with God.

Even if we have been stupid, even in really hard stressful times, the Lord wants us to approach Him in the same manner, with boldness and affection calling Him Dad.

In prayer we can use this term Abba or Dad; in prayer we do not need to change the way we speak into old King James’ English.

God is our Father, our affectionate and loving Dad, we can approach Him in the same manner at all times.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can use the example of Jesus and call you Abba, Father”.

Mark 14 v 36…..And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt

DIG for Saturday the 26th of December…..Abba Father, what does this mean then…..Galatians 4 v 6

There is a phrase used in the bible 3 times, “Abba Father”, that has huge implications for the born again believer.

We see Jesus using it, then the Holy Spirit and then are told that we can use it.

In the next few DIGs I aim to explore what this phase means and what it means for us.

Literally translated from the Greek it could simply be “Father, Father”, however the Greek means way more than this.

The word translated as Father is the Greek word “pat-ayr” and means ancestor, parent or forbearer.

Abba does mean father but it is a familiar and affectionate term and could be translated as Dad or Daddy.

This phrase gives us two pictures of Father God that is relevant for the born again believer living under grace.

Yes we are in the lineage of God and He is our parent, however He is also our Dad; He is affectionate, loving and intimate with us.

This is not a picture of a judgemental God, sitting waiting to pounce on our every mistake, waiting to rain down illness and poverty upon us to teach us a lesson and make us better people.

It is a picture of an affectionate Dad who wants the best for us as the children that He adores.

This is a picture of a loving Father, an adoring Father and a Dad who wants to spend time with His children.

More on this in DIG tomorrow.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a loving and affectionate Father and that you do really want the best for me”.

Galatians 4 v 6…..And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father

DIG for Friday the 25th of December…..the real reason for Christmas….. Galatians 4 v 4 and 5

Do you know the real reason why Jesus came?

We have been looking at these “Christmas” verses in Galatians and they tell us why Jesus came.

He did not come to deal with our sin; that was one of the things that He had to do in order to fulfil His mission.

He came so that we could be justified by faith, He came for our righteousness, and He came so that we could come into the family of God.

He came to redeem us so that we could be adopted as sons of God (Galatians 4 v 5).

Here is the real “reason for the season”, right in the middle of Galatians.

He came for you and you are the reason for the season.

Yes, He died for your sin in a sense but that was what He had to do to achieve His ultimate mission, in reality He died for your righteousness.

He died, dealt with sin and was raised again so that you could be saved, made righteous, justified by faith and come into the family as an adopted son.

This is the real meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is not about stables, stars and wise men; it is about the King of the Universe coming in human form, born of a virgin and born under the law, so that you could be adopted by God as a son.

And there it is in black and white right in the middle of Galatians, not a passage that we normally see as the Christmas narrative.

I hope you now read this short passage in Galatians in a new light.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the coming of Jesus and thank you that His mission was to put in place my salvation”.

Galatians 4 v 4 and 5…..But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem then that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons

DIG for Thursday the 24th of December…..made under the law, what does that mean…..Galatians 4 v 4 and 5

When trying to understand the Bible we have to realise that there are important points at which things change.

At the cross we moved from Old Covenant to New Covenant, from the time of law to the time of grace.

Jesus was born and lived under the Old Covenant; He lived and ministered under the law.

This means a number of important things for us as born again believers.

Firstly it means that most of what Jesus said is not meant for us literally, as we are not under law as He was, we are under grace.

More importantly however it means that Jesus lived under law, He also fulfilled the law and that has huge ramifications for us.

He fulfilled the law so we do not have to!

He took the curse of the law upon Himself so that we do not have to.

Jesus was born sinless and He never sinned, thus keeping all the law and not failing in any of it.

He did this is a man in order to claim back what man threw away in the garden i.e. relationship with God.

Because of the finished work of Jesus (fulfilling the law and dealing with sin) mankind was reconciled and the opportunity for salvation, redemption, justification and righteousness was put in place.

Jesus was born under the law and fulfilled the law so that we could be justified by faith and brought back into the family of God.

Thank you Jesus!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for my redemption and justification”.

Galatians 4 v 4 and 5…..But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem then that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons

DIG for Wednesday the 23rd of December….He had to be born of a woman, but not of man…..Galatians 4 v 4 and 5

We have seen that in the fullness of time, when God was ready, Jesus was sent forth.

He did not come in splendour and glory as a fully-grown man; He came just like the rest of us, as a baby.

He was no conceived like the rest of us however; this is where Jesus’ birth was different.

Ever since Adam, all men had been born with a sin nature.

Jesus was not born with a sin nature; He was born after being conceived through the Holy Ghost.

Isaiah prophesied that this would happen (Isaiah 7 v 14).

Matthew confirmed that this did happen (Matthew 1 v 23).

For Jesus to fulfil His mission and keep the law it was essential that He did not have a sin nature, so it is essential that the virgin birth was a reality.

Never let anyone tell you that the virgin birth is not essential.

Never let anyone tell you that the virgin birth was impossible.

The God who created the universe and everything in it, the God who created you and me, can and did orchestrate a virgin birth.

Jesus was born of a woman, but not conceived of man.

He was sinless and stayed sinless and therefore fulfilled the law so that we do not have to.

Thank you Jesus!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus was sent forth and thank you that He was born to fulfil the law so that I do not have to “.

Galatians 4 v 4 and 5…..But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem then that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons

DIG for Tuesday the 22nd of December…..God sent forth His Son…..Galatians 4 v 4 and 5

God sending forth His Son is an amazing truth (Galatians 4 v 4).

Until I have been studying Galatians for my latest series of messages I had not realised that the “Christmas story” is in the middle of this epistle.

Galatians 4 v 4 reminds me of Isaiah 9 v 6.

This is a favourite verse to use in the run up to Christmas, telling us about the coming of Jesus.

Jesus was sent as a Son, this tells us about His divinity (Isaiah 9 v 6).

Paul says a very similar thing in his epistle to the Galatians, telling them that God had sent forth His Son.

Jesus, God in His own right and the agent of Creation (Hebrews 1 v 2), came to this earth knowing that most people would reject Him.

He was rejected then and He is rejected now, yet He still came.

He came, as it was the will of His Father for reconciliation to take place between Him and man.

God wanted to bring man back into relationship with Himself, and Jesus was the route for this to take place.

I still think that it is amazing that Jesus, the Son of God and yet God at the same time came onto the earth that He had created.

This displays His love for every single one of us.

He came to bring reconciliation so that every man would then have the chance to be saved and made righteous; that is love.

He came to suffer so that we could have this; that is love.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you loved me so much that you sent forth your Son to pay the price for my redemption”.

Galatians 4 v 4 and 5…..But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem then that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons