The Greatest Daddy in the Universe
“To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God though Christ” – (Gal.4:5-7).
Abba is an Aramic word that corresponds to our daddy or papa. Through the miracle of regeneration and the new birth, we have been brought into the closest intimacy with our heavenly Father – He’s our Daddy, not only our Father. Daddy is a closer, more endearing, more tender name then father. God is our Daddy who is concerned about us in the closest possible manner. Abba is a term of endearment, but only used by family members.
Who is your daddy? Is God your Father? Are you sure? Have you been born again of the Holy Spirit? To be mistaken on this point, is to make the greatest mistake of you life. Have you been regenerated and adopted by the Heavenly Father into His family and made a son of God and who one day will have the Father’s name written in our foreheads – (Rev.22:4)? Oh, what a precious privilege it is to have “received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” – (Rom.8:15). Has God become your Daddy through the divine adoption and the miracle of the new birth? Be born again and become a child of the greatest daddy in the universe. Then, as children, we must be obedient to our Heavenly Father and do His work as the Lord Jesus did – Father knows best.
On Father’s Day each year we rightly honor
our earthly Fathers, but where is our Heavenly Father’s honor? God’s fifth commandment
says – “honour thy father and thy
mother…(Ex.20:12). And yet God says to
If you disobey God’s beloved Son, then you dishonor His Father. “That all men should honor the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him” – (Jn.5:23). Jesus showed us one thing more than any other in the New Test. – He showed us God as the Father. He spoke of His Father hundreds of times, especially in the book of John. He was the Son of His heavenly Father, and in doing this, He showed the love of God for us in a family way.
We have millions of church members who have never been born again of the Holy Spirit and consequently are not children of God and cannot cry out in the Spirit – ABBA, Father. They don’t have a spiritual birthday, a day when they became a new creature – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17).
Unless you’re born again, you’re a child of
the devil – “In this the children of God
are manifest, and the children of the
devil…” (1 John 3:10). And again – “The
field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of
the wicked one” – (Mt. ). If one teaches otherwise,
he’s a false teacher. “Except a man be
born again, he cannot see the
Jesus warned of being an unsaved church member – “Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesized in thy name? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you..” – (Mt.7:21-23). Many professing Christians will weep and wail on that dreadful day when the illegitimate children, the bastards, those who have called Christ their Lord, prayed in His name, and had all the outward signs of religion to impress the world and ease their guilty consciences – hear these frightful words – “I never knew you.” These are not words for God’s true children, but they are for the hypocrites, those who named the name of Christ but were never born again into the family of God. Those of whom Jesus says – “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth; and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” – (Mt.15:8). What will become of these fake-believers and make-believers when they are exposed by Christ for what they are? Those who have just played the part of a Christian, pretending to be in God’s family, but are not His sons and daughters at all. They know nothing of being born again and being a child of the greatest daddy in the universe. They dishonor the Heavenly Father by not believing His word.
God wants all His born again children to know Him as their Daddy, one who is concerned about them and loves them dearly, not just a father that begets children and stays far off in paradise. “Be ye followers of God, as dear children” – (Eph.5:1). As His dear children we are to obey Him in all things as obedient children and if we don’t He will chastise us. “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons” – (Heb.12:6,8). If you have no chastisement from your heavenly Abba, then you’re a bastard and not a son, because He whips every true child of His. Those who have afflictions and do not turn to their great Abba asking Him if they are being chastised or not and repenting of their sins if they are, are bastards and not born of God. They have never received Christ as Savior. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” – (Jn.1:12,13). Every true child of God has been born again of God’s Holy Spirit by believing on Christ by faith and receiving him as Savior. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus – (Gal.3:26). As children we must be obedient to our heavenly Father and do His will – Father knows best.
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” – (I Pet.1:23). We are born the first time by the corruptible, fleshly seed of our earthly father and our corruptible bodies will die in a few years and rot away. But when we’re born again of the Word of God, the incorruptible seed, we will live forever. We will one day receive a new, incorruptible body that shall never die, a glorious body. We shall bear a family resemblance with our Father, not just in Spirit, but also in body. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body… - (Philip.3:21). An immortal body and eternal life is just a part of our inheritance as children of God. Oh, what a great privilege it is to be begotten of God, to have the greatest Daddy in the universe and how we love Him for begetting us – “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and everyone that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him” – (I Jn..5:1).
It is written in (Rom.8:14-16) “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.” Only those born again of the Holy Spirit are led by the Spirit of God. It’s a ‘holy’ Spirit that leads a child of God into holiness and righteousness “whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God” – (I Jn.3:10). Again in (2 Cor.6:17,18) “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” A ‘coming out’ is necessary to sonship. If you are a true son and daughter of God and have the right to call him Abba, Father, then you will come out of the midst of a wicked world and separate yourself with a holy life. This is what it means to come out of Babylon-U.S.A. – (Rev.18:4), not physically but spiritually. This is the opposite of “coming out” and committing the abominable sin of Sodomy.
You must be born twice, the new birth is an absolute requirement in becoming a child of God. “That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God… (Rom. 9:8) nothing could be clearer than that.
Oh what dignity God has conferred upon you in calling you His child. Even the Archangel Michael is not called God’s son. The blood of Heaven runs in our veins. We are of the blood royal, a son of the King of the universe destined to rule as a king and priest on this earth. We have the greatest and finest pedigree anyone can have – we are children of God, the greatest Daddy in the universe.
On this Father’s Day in 2006, remember God the Father and His beloved Son whom He sent into this world to be our Savior and who is soon returning to be our emperor and Lord forever. The most important question you need to ask yourself today is – Are you a child of God? Is God your Daddy? Have you been born again by God’s Holy Spirit by believing the gospel, the born again seed of God? Have you received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba, Father? The greatest Daddy in the universe loved us so much, that he gave his dearly beloved Son on the cross for us. No father could love us greater than that.
If you’re not a child of God in truth, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and receive forgiveness and remission of sins. If you do this in truth, immediately you will become a new creature in Christ. Do not spurn the grace of God in His dearly beloved Son on the cross. God loves you and wants to be your daddy but you must obey His Word. Most people are too proud to repent and consequently will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity. Do not deceive yourself in this most important matter.
Many of you have no real earthly father and are considered a bastard, but God desires to be your Father in a close, intimate, endearing way. He wants to be your Abba Father – your Daddy. Your search for a Daddy will be over. He will love you with a perfect love for eternity and give you a new family, a select and holy family, the family of God. Get down on your knees and repent of your sin and call upon the Lord Jesus, the Son of the Father, to save you and don’t get up till you’re born again. You will now have the greatest Dad in the universe and a very great and powerful Daddy He is – the Almighty. He will give you everlasting life, not just temporary life. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son” – (Rev.21:7).
Come to Papa and be saved.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-