And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:6
It’s easy to come to rely on our past victories and experiences for assurance when facing uncertain times and/or circumstances. The temptation, especially over these past months, is for many Christ-followers to rely on people, things and even our own past performances over our Lord. Actually, this has been something Christians have had to guard against since the beginning.
In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul was urging the Galatian churches to not subscribe to the false teachers who were distorting the gospel which claimed that putting one’s trust in Christ alone was not sufficient, but adherence to the law was also necessary (1:6; 2:21). But the apostle made it clear in stating that it is only in Christ that we are truly free. That those who come to Christ by faith are freed from slavery to the law (and anything else— including their own sinfulness), and are adopted by God as His own children!
God sends forth His Spirit to live in the hearts of everyone who puts their faith in Christ alone.
The Holy Spirit is referred to here as the Spirit of His Son. This is so significant for us who believe. You see, the Spirit moves into our hearts and gives us the right, along with Jesus, to call out to God as a young child calls out to their “daddy.” This is a level of intimacy with the Living God that cannot be overstated. Without our own sinfulness and the law standing between us and God, we can come to God as little children do with their loving fathers. This is an assurance of our intimacy with our Heavenly Father that is repeated throughout the New Testament.
In John 1:12, we are assured of this “right” to be children of God. In Romans 8:15, we are further assured: “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry ‘Abba! Father!’”
So when was the last time you called on your “Daddy” for help?