MOORE — Greetings Moore American readers. Thank you for joining us today as we study from the Word of God. We will study the scriptures for our pattern today. How does an individual become a Christian?
The greatest blessing we have ever been allotted by God is the opportunity to become one of His children — not just a child of creation, but a “spiritual” child.
Romans 8:14-17 acknowledges this: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 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. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
These scriptures also tells us what kind of relationship we have with God as He is our “Abba” and our “Father.” Abba is an Aramaic word of which is followed in each case (Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6) by its Greek equivalent, which is translated “Father.”
The word Father, and our relationship toward God in this expression, designate the necessity of respect and honor. It was Christ who required this of us by stating in His exemplary prayer in Matthew 6:9, 13 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
It was Christ who emphasized and taught us to show proper respect and honor to God as the Father. If Christ did so in his life, should we not also do the same? God has earned our respect by creating us and bringing to us salvation through His Son (Ephesians 1:3).