Dating … what a wonderful experience! You meet someone that you want to get to know better. At first, you know nothing about this person but after a few dates, you learn that he likes to ski – he went to college – his family lives in Maine, etc. You now know a little about this person. After a few months, you learn the more personal things about him – he loves children – he is good with finances, etc.
Once you are married, you can now say that you know this person intimately. You now know him the way you could not possibly have known him before. You now not only know about his dreams but you are sharing in those dreams. His goals in life have become your goals. You think alike – you finish each other’s sentences. When he is not available and an issue comes up, you are able to answer for him because you know his mind. The two of you have now become one.
It is no different with Christianity. Many say that they are a “Christian” but nothing could be further from the truth. These people know about God but they do not know God intimately. What do I mean by this? When one is truly born again, he is now a child of God.
~Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Once we are born again and are His children, we are able to go to Him as we did our earthly father. The fact that He is the perfect Almighty God makes Him the perfect Father. He knows our needs even before we ask Him. He knows our heart and the trials that we face.
Three times the words Abba, Father appear in the Word of God. They were put together like this for a reason. Why? Any time you read something for the first time in the Bible, the verse or those following usually describe what that word(s) means. These words were first spoken by Jesus Christ when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane and He needed comforting from His Father. Therefore, this shows an intimate relationship. One where a child runs to his father for comfort. The other two times, Paul teaches us that we, too, can come to the Heavenly Father in this intimate way and call God our Abba, Father!
~Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
~Romans 8:15 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.
~Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Do you have that intimate relationship with God as you do with your own earthly father? Be honest. The catholic church teaches one is born again at baptism as a baby. However, a baby cannot experience true repentance from sin because he is not at the point where he knows the difference between right and wrong. When one understands he is a sinner deserving of hell’s punishment, then one can be born again. Once we are truly born again, we now have a different relationship with God. He now becomes our Heavenly Father and His love and care go beyond our earthly father’s abilities.
Can you say that God is your Abba, Father? You know in the pit of your heart that you are deceiving yourself. This relationship cannot be “mustered” up. You cannot conjure up a relationship. The Bible says that the one who is not truly born again cannot receive or understand the Bible or the things of God because they sound “foreign” or are foolish to him.
~1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But God’s Word says that the born-again believer has the mind of Christ now and the Holy Spirit will instruct us in what God wishes for us to learn.
~1 Corinthians 2:15-16 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. (15) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (16)
You cannot lie to yourself. You absolutely know if you have this type of relationship with God or not. Before I was born again, I knew about God. I tried to reach Him by doing what I was taught were the right things to do in order to reach Him. However, I only knew about God. I didn’t know Him intimately.
Do you really know God or do you just know of God? There is a big difference. Don’t you want to be able to turn to God as your Abba, Father? If you realize that you do not have this type of relationship with God, please go here and read how you can become a child of God!
© Kate Plourde 2009