Devotions - Read Online
Monday | 01 May 2017
When the Father sends forth the Spirit of the Son into the heart of a believer, Christ becomes their life. The Spirit of the Son cries out within them, ‘Abba! Father!’ Christ is speaking in them to the Father. He is also speaking to them and illuminating them regarding their sonship. Because a son of God has received the Spirit of Christ, they are able to express their joyous conviction that God is their Father. Every son of God should receive this illumination and know this conviction in their life.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul reiterated that a son of God is a person who has received the Spirit of Christ. He then encouraged believers by writing, ‘You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba! Father!”’ Paul’s statement is notable because a person receives the adoption before they are born of the Spirit. They are adopted into the Father’s house when they become bankrupt in spirit and receive the faith of God to believe for sonship. With this faith, they personally cry out to the Father to make them a son of God.
In light of Paul’s encouragement, we recognise that the cry, ‘Abba! Father!’, as an adopted son, does not cease once a person has received the inheritance of the divine nature. Instead, because they are a son and belong to Christ, they are personally able to express their acknowledgement of the fatherhood of God in their life. In doing so, they acknowledge that they have been set free from their bondage to sin and have received the faith of the Son that enables them to confidently enter into all that God has prepared for them as His son. While Christ cries out, ‘Abba! Father!’ within them, they are also personally able to cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’, in Christ.
Rom 8:9, 14
(9) However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
(14) For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.
Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, (14) who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED.
But just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."