There’s living in the theoretical . . . and then there’s living in the experiential. We can know that things are true because we are told they are true . . . and then we can KNOW that things are true because we get up close and personal with the truth. And I’m thinking that, while knowing something, can be pretty cool, that KNOWING something, can be life transforming. So, while the Bible helps me know the truth, and that can be pretty amazing . . . it is the Spirit of God who enables me to KNOW the truth . . . and that’s when the “jazz factor” kicks in . . . that’s making it real!
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6. ESV)
The truth is that when we come to Christ by faith we are adopted as sons and daughters. God sent His Son to provide the means of redemption so that the lost might be found . . . that enemies might be reconciled . . . that those separated from God might be brought into His forever family. That’s the theory . . . that is the glorious truth of God’s freely offered salvation.
For those of us who have been around Christianity for awhile, we know that to be true. But God desires that we also KNOW it to be real!
Cue the active agency of the Holy Spirit of God . . . given to us as a seal, guaranteeing our inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14) . . . Who takes the head knowledge of sonship and turns it into a heartfelt cry of “Abba! Father!”
The Father doesn’t want me to just know I am His child, He wants me to KNOW I am His child. He places His Spirit, Deity Himself, within me in such a way that it connects with my spirit . . . integrates at the deepest levels of my soul . . . so that I KNOW experientially, at the deepest of my innermost being, that I am a child of God . . . and that I have been graced with the privilege of addressing the God of Creation as Father . . . as Abba, or “Daddy”, Father.
If it were only left to my ability to reason, then I might say, “No way!” . . . not me interacting with Him in such a familiar and familial way. But the Spirit of the Son, interacting with my Spirit, cries out, “Yes way!!” . . . Jesus says, I have always KNOWN the reality of the love of the Father . . . and through My Spirit you can KNOW it too.
Too much for my brain to handle, perhaps . . . but my heart KNOWs it . . . as it hears the Spirit crying, “Abba Father!”
One of those things that’s easier felt than tell’t. But I know it’s true . . . and I KNOW it’s true.
By His grace . . . through His Spirit . . . for His glory. Amen?