Who’s Your Daddy?

SS_16_major_tv_show_failures_daddy“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father’!” (Galatians 4:4-6)

Abba: An informal Aramaic term for Father that conveys a sense of intimacy. Like the English words “Daddy” or “Papa.”

From presidents to popes, Hollywood performers to politically correct preachers, we hear this statement often: “We are all God’s children.” It does sound nice; why it even sounds like a real Bible kind of thing. However, is what they’re saying true? What does the Bible tell us?

The Bible tells us “God created [Adam] in His own image; in the image of God He created him.” (1) Then what happened? Adam fell. Adam died spiritually. Adam fell, and Adam died, and every one of his progeny has been born in the same condition. All of us have been born in the tainted image of the man of dust, not in the intended true image of God.” (2)

But, “when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son.” Then what happened? A Cross. Someone died. Someone was raised up. Jesus Christ, “the image of the invisible God” (3) lives and calls all of Adam’s condemned dust kids to receive a new spiritual birth into “the image of the heavenly Man.” (2)

Those who choose to remain in Adam are “dead in trespasses and sins.” Adam’s offspring “walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air.” Adam’s image-bearers “fulfill the desires of the flesh and of the mind.” Adam’s descendants are “sons of disobedience” and “by nature children of wrath.” (4)

“You, He made alive.” (4) Who is, you? “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (5) That is who, you, is, “if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His…for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” (6)

There is the man of dust, and there is the heavenly Man. There is birth by flesh and there is birth by Spirit. There is the child of wrath, and there is the child of God. There is the color black, and there is the color white, and while the world prefers the color gray, God uses black and white to paint this picture. Those who have not received Christ nor believe in His name, serve gods “which by nature are not gods.” (7) Those who have accepted Christ and believe in His name become the adopted sons and daughters of God, and “the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (8)

The children still living in Adam are heading for destruction. God loves each one of those dust kids, “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (9) He wants to adopt them – all of them. He sent His Son to make possible their adoption. They can receive Him, trust in Him, and enter into a relationship with Him that is free of fear and anxiety. They can call out, “Daddy!” when the Lord gathers them into His family forever. His sons and daughters are assured of this, for we have “received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” (10)

So, if I may, let me ask you, “Who’s your Daddy?”

(1) Genesis 1:27 (2) ref. I Corinthians 15:45-49 (3) Colossians 1:15 (4) Ephesians 2:1-3 (5) John 1:12-13 (6) Romans 8:9, 8:14 (7) Galatians 4:8 (8) Romans 8:16 (9) 2 Peter 3:9 (10) Romans 8:15

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