Adopted by Abba

Call out to Abba. Call out to the Father. Call him by name. He knows yours. And he wants to be your Father today…  Jesus came as the Son to make us sons and daughters of God. Not far off. Right here. Right now. For you. For me. Would you call out to Abba today?

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
Galatians 4:4-6

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8:14-17

We are children of God when we receive Jesus, who was sent by the Father to be born of a woman and to redeem us. Jesus took on human form and flesh for us. All for our redemption. Peter explains that our redemption from “the empty way of life” handed down to us came through “the precious blood of Christ” (1Peter 1:18-19).

We are redeemed from the empty way of life into adoption into the family of God, in which we become his children. From the emptiness of the world to the fullness of a caring family.

This is the context from which Paul writes about our adoption. This empty way of life is described in the letter to the Romans as an enslavement to the ways of the world and to the sin which will hold us back forever if we submit to it. Our challenge is to not be enslaved to it, but rather to submit and serve the risen Christ, who has much better for us. The contrast, however, isn’t to enslavement to Christ in an oppressive or negative sense.

We see that as the Spirit of God comes upon us, we are brought into adoption. We become heirs of God. Fully his children with family rights and status. And so we can call out Abba, Father, to God in heaven. We can refer to Yahweh, the Creator God of the universe, as our Abba. This is personal.

Remember, God gave his son. For God, this is entirely personal and intimate. God gave of his family, to make you and me family. And so the result of being able to call out to God as Father, as Abba, is a reflection of the intimate and personal nature of our redemption and adoption.

Is God far away in your mind? Do you see him as existing in the heavens in some cosmic, majestic sense in which he is unreachable and untouchable? For many of the readers of Paul’s letters, they may have thought of God in these ways. They could not enter into his presence in the temple, and God’s presence came in a pillar of fire to lead them by night. Moses met with God on the mountain alone. Not very close or intimate for the common person.

Enter Jesus. Jesus came as the Son to make us sons and daughters. Not far off. Right here. Right now. For you. For me.

Call out to Abba. Call him by name. He knows yours. And he wants to be your Father today…


Marc Kinna


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2 Responses to Adopted by Abba

  1. Brooke says:

    As an adoptee in real life, I have such a hard time with this thought. To me adoption means abandonment, I didn’t have the choice to be adopted, and adoption means that my life before must have been horrible (which I know it wasn’t). Have you talked to people who were actually adopted and how they feel about this statement? I’m not trying to be rude or mean towards this, yet at the same time I can say with confidence that when this adopted into his family thing is said, it’s done out of ignorance- whether knowingly or not.

  2. marckinna says:

    Thanks for being honest, Brooke. I’m sorry you that the idea of adoption stirs up ideas of abandonment for you. I think God wants the opposite of that. When he says he adopts you into his family, God is saying he loves you and would do anything to have you as his daughter. He gave his only son, Jesus, to open up the door for you to become his child. It’s a statement of love toward you, whether you had great parents or not so great parents. John 1 says “12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” What are your thoughts on these ideas?

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