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

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