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Romans 8:15 — Daddy

In New Testament times adopted sons enjoyed the same privileges as natural-born sons. So, instead of cowering in slave-like fear, Christians can approach God in an intimate way calling Him Abba, Father.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"  (NASB)

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (KJV)

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.  Instead, you received God's Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, "Abba, Father." (NLT)

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba, Father." (NET)

Once again we see the illustration from adoption used.  We have entered into a relationship of intimacy wherein the Creator of the universe has become our daddy.  We ought not to cower in fear but appreciate this matchless Grace bestowed.  Grace that liberates us from bondage to sin where we were once slaves but are now freemen.  Seal an empowered by the Spirit that we may know we are now His children whether we "feel" like it or not.

“It was not the spirit proper to slaves, leading them again to shrink from God in fear as they had done when under the law of sin and death, but a Spirit of adoption, a Spirit proper to those who were being translated from the servile to the filial relation to God.” (Denny, as quoted in:  Wuest, K. S. (1997, c1984). Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader)

“The Spirit has you!” (vv. 12–17) It is not enough for us to have the Spirit; the Spirit must have us! Only then can He share with us the abundant, victorious life that can be ours in Christ. We have no obligation to the flesh, because the flesh has only brought trouble into our lives. We do have an obligation to the Holy Spirit, for it is the Spirit who convicted us, revealed Christ to us, and imparted eternal life to us when we trusted Christ. Because He is “the Spirit of Life,” He can empower us to obey Christ, and He can enable us to be more like Christ.  Wiersbe, W. W. (1996, c1989). The Bible exposition commentary. "An exposition of the New Testament comprising the entire 'BE' series"--Jkt. (Ro 8:5). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

Gal 4:5  God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. (NLT)

1Co 2:12  And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. (NLT)

2Ti 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT)

1Jn 4:18  Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. (NLT)

Romans 8:15 — Daddy

In New Testament times adopted sons enjoyed the same privileges as natural-born sons. So, instead of cowering in slave-like fear, Christians can approach God in an intimate way calling Him Abba, Father.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"  (NASB)

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (KJV)

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.  Instead, you received God's Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, "Abba, Father." (NLT)

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba, Father." (NET)

Once again we see the illustration from adoption used.  We have entered into a relationship of intimacy wherein the Creator of the universe has become our daddy.  We ought not to cower in fear but appreciate this matchless Grace bestowed.  Grace that liberates us from bondage to sin where we were once slaves but are now freemen.  Seal an empowered by the Spirit that we may know we are now His children whether we "feel" like it or not.

“It was not the spirit proper to slaves, leading them again to shrink from God in fear as they had done when under the law of sin and death, but a Spirit of adoption, a Spirit proper to those who were being translated from the servile to the filial relation to God.” (Denny, as quoted in:  Wuest, K. S. (1997, c1984). Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader)

“The Spirit has you!” (vv. 12–17) It is not enough for us to have the Spirit; the Spirit must have us! Only then can He share with us the abundant, victorious life that can be ours in Christ. We have no obligation to the flesh, because the flesh has only brought trouble into our lives. We do have an obligation to the Holy Spirit, for it is the Spirit who convicted us, revealed Christ to us, and imparted eternal life to us when we trusted Christ. Because He is “the Spirit of Life,” He can empower us to obey Christ, and He can enable us to be more like Christ.  Wiersbe, W. W. (1996, c1989). The Bible exposition commentary. "An exposition of the New Testament comprising the entire 'BE' series"--Jkt. (Ro 8:5). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

Gal 4:5  God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. (NLT)

1Co 2:12  And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. (NLT)

2Ti 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT)

1Jn 4:18  Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. (NLT)



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