Who’s Your Daddy?
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.
17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.
When I was growing up I never thought too much about Father’s Day. As a matter of fact it was just another day in the Holland House. We may have got Dad a card, a bottle of Pepsi, or a carton of cigarettes. Filterless Pall Malls, if we only new then that we were slowing aiding in his death. What kind of gift is a carton of cigarettes anyway? If we were feeling really generous we may have gotten him a can of Right Guard or a bottle of Bruit by Faberge. But pretty much, that’s how it’s always been, we roll out the red carpet and ring all the bells and blow all the whistles on Mother’s day, but Father’s Day is not really given all that much attention. But now that I am a Father I want the red carpet rolled out. I want all the bells and whistles! And I must say that my wife and boys do an excellent job of making me feel appreciated not only on Fathers Day, but throughout the year. Now I am sure that you all have sufficiently planned for Father’s Day, but just in case you missed the mark this year, this is a heads up for next year. Because it’s never too early to start planning.
Now we all know that God has many names. For example…
Jehovah, the Lord.
Immanuel, God with us.
Yahweh, The Lord
El Shadai, God almighty.
El Elyon, God most high.
El Roi, the God who sees.
Adonai, Lord Lord.
I Am that I am!
But since its Father’s Day I would like to focus on one name in particular, and that name is Abba. According to Strong’s concordance Abba is an Aramaic word meaning father, which is a customary title of God in prayer. For example, our Father which art in heaven… It is equivalent to papa. This term conveys intimacy and respect for the Father. Jesus called God Father, and he gave that same right to his disciples, and therefore to us, but we will get into that in a few moments. A number years ago I was driving home from work and I saw this huge billboard with Maury Povitch on it that said in big letters, “who’s your daddy?” The sign was referring to a topic that was and still is running rampant on the talk show circuit. This topic was and is the topic of paternity. Jerry Springer and Maury Povitch discuss paternity issues on their talk shows. This topic has even entered the courtroom/judge shows like Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, and Divorce Court. These T.V. shows bring in these couples and/or single women and their so-called baby daddies on national television to air out all of their dirty laundry. A wife will tell her husband after 10 years of marriage that she had an affair and the child that they have loved and raised over the past 8 years may or may not be his biological son or daughter. So after embarrassing the man on national television the talk show host offers to give the family a paternity test. A few moments later an envelope is brought out with the test results. The suspense is building, and tears are running down everyone’s face in the room. The man says that he does not care what the test says, he is the baby’s father and he will continue to love and support the child. The talk show host opens the envelope to view the results and looks at the awaiting family with pity in his eyes and recites these five words, “You are not the father!” The man runs off the stage in frustrated anger as the mother sits on stage crying on the talk show host’s shoulder. Another scenario had a young lady on the show over 7 times and she still did not know who the father of her baby was. Now some of the shows have had a happy ending with the man who wanted to be the father, or thought he was the father actually being the father. But for the most part a number of these women leave the show not knowing who the father of their child is. It is a shame to think of how crazy our society has become that a woman would have to go on a television show to find out who the father of her child is. I don’t know about you, but I thank God that I know who my father is. Both biologically and spiritually. It will be 21 years this November since my Dad has gone onto glory, but I thank God for Walter Kelly Holland. He wasn’t winning any father of the year awards, but I know that he did the best that he could, and I love him for that. So if your parents are still living, show them that you appreciate them now, cherish them now, honor them now, and give them their flowers now. Don’t hold grudges, and spend as much time as possible with them now. Oh what I wouldn’t give to see my father again. Just to see that smile that told me he was proud of me because he would never tell me to my face. I would hear it from his friends. Your Dad is so proud of you! The closest my father ever got to saying something positive to me was when I was student teaching in Las Vegas. I may have shared this with you before, but I would call him every Sunday, and one Sunday as we were talking he said, “I was talking to your mother the other day and I told her that I miss you.” He has missed out on so much. My graduate school graduation, my wedding, buying our first house, and those wonderful grandsons of his. The most comforting thought I have in his absence is that he got saved the day before he died and I will see him again. That is a fact, and I thank God for that!
Well even though many people may or not know who their biological father is. (I have friends that have never met their biological father and could care less, and I have friends that have just recently met their biological fathers within the past decade) But today, I want to talk to you about your spiritual father. Look at your neighbor and ask them, who’s your daddy?”
In the text Paul is writing a letter to the Christian church in Rome. He wants to visit the church, but at the present time he needs to be in Jerusalem, so he decides to write the church in Rome a letter of introduction. In this letter he discussed the spiritual condition of mankind and how he has discovered that both Jews and Gentiles are sinners in need of salvation. A salvation that can only be accomplished through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this particular portion of the letter Paul is explaining to the believer that because of your confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ you are now a child of God. Look at your neighbor again and ask them, “Who’s your daddy?” Paul expresses it like this, for all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory. So in other words if you are saved you are a child of God. If you are born again you are a child of God. If you are in the fraternity of the twice born you are a child of God. Who’s your daddy? Your daddy is God! Now let me say parenthetically on the way to where I am going that God is the father of all in the sense that he created all, and his love and providential care are extended to all. But not all are his children. Jesus said to the unbelieving Jews of his day, you belong to the devil. According to John 8:42-44 Jesus says, If God were your Father, you would love Me and respect Me and welcome Me gladly, for I proceeded (came forth) from God [out of His very presence]. I did not even come on My own authority or of My own accord (as self-appointed); but He sent Me. Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.] You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false. In other words if you are not saved, your spiritual father is the devil. People become children of God through faith in the son. So ask your neighbor again, who’s your daddy?
So that’s great Pastor Brian that we become children of God and God becomes our father through salvation and we can refer to him as Abba, but exactly how does the process take place. I am so glad that you ask. I will give the three ways the process of being able to call God Abba (Father) happens and then I will bid you good day.
The first way that we are able to call God Abba (Father) is to accept the spirit (accept means the act of taking or receiving). Listen to what verse 15 says, for the Spirit which you have received (accept) is not the spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received (accepted) the spirit of adoption (the spirit producing sonship) in the bliss of which we cry Abba Father (Abba meaning father or adopted). That is one of the many things that I love about God he never forces himself on us. He never forces his will on us. He just offers us a path and we can choose to take it or go our own way. When someone offers us something we can accept it or decline it, but I am so glad that I accepted the Lord’s invitation. I am so glad that I have accepted him into my life. When I think about what my life was like before I accepted him I thank God for bringing me such a mighty long way. When I look back over my life and think of all that the Lord has done for me my soul cries out hallelujah. Because I realize that if it was not for God’s Grace and Mercy who knows where I would be. I definitely would not be at Second Community Church as the pastor preaching the Gospel. So I thank God for looking beyond my faults and seeing my needs.
I thank God for picking me up.
I thank God for turning me around.
I thank God for placing my feet on higher and solid ground.
I thank God for giving me the opportunity to accept him.
I thank God that he is my daddy, and that I can call him Abba!
But not only are we able to call God Abba when we accept his spirit. We are able to call God Abba when he adopts us. The second part of verse 15 says but you have received the spirit of adoption the spirit producing sonship in the bliss of which we cry Abba, or Father! Adoption is defined as taking into one’s family through legal means and raising as one’s own child. In biblical times an adopted son received all the rights and privileges of the natural son including inheritance. Why are ya’ll so quiet. Did you not just hear me say that as adopted children of God we are entitled to all the rights and privileges including the inheritance of the natural son? Who is God’s natural son? That’s right Jesus! So we have rights to the same things that Jesus does. Not only that, but we are his heirs. So if cattle on a thousand hills belong to my father, why am I worried about making ends meet?
Why am I worried about finding a job?
Why am I worried about feeding the kids?
Why am I worried about the light bill?
Why am I worried about the car note?
Why am I worried about the rent?
Why am I worried about the medical bills?
Why am I worried at all?
And if Jesus rose from the dead with all power in his hands, why am I worried about a little pain in my body. You better lay hands on yourself and pray! If a man who is evil will not give his son a snake when he asks for a fish, how much more will my father in heaven give me the desires of my heart? I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed (if we are his seed, that means we are his children) begging for bread. And we call him Abba, and that means that we have a close relationship with God. In other words we can call him daddy. And if my natural father who did not give his life to the Lord until the day before he died could give me everything I wanted when I asked him. How much more will my daddy in heaven provide all of my needs according to his riches in glory? Did I not just mention that the cattle on a thousand hills belongs to God, and if he is my Daddy, that entitles me to few burgers, sirloins, rib eyes, t-bones, prime ribs, porter houses, and even a little bit of that filet minion. Who’s your daddy?
So not only are we able to call God Abba when we accept the spirit, not only are we able to call God Abba when the spirit adopts us, but I will bid you good day when I let you know that we can call God Abba because the spirit will assure us. Verse 16 says the spirit himself thus testifies together with our own spirit assuring us that we are children of God. Assure means to promise, pledge or guarantee giving us confidence and freedom from doubt. Basically that means that when God says something that you can take it to the bank. You can stand on his word. If God has made you a promise he will be true to his word. It will come to pass because God cannot lie. God is not a man that he would lie. So if God says that we are his children, guess what? We are his children. So the next time someone asks you who your daddy is? You tell him or her with confidence that your daddy is the Lord. Tell him or her that your daddy is God.
That your daddy is the creator of heaven and earth
The alpha and omega the
The beginning and the end
The author and the finisher
The first and the last
The bright and morning star
The lily of the valley
The rod of your strength
The refuge from the storm
The balm of Gilead
The hope of tomorrow
The way maker
The miracle worker
The promise keeper
The light in the darkness
The prince of peace
Your daddy is the great I am
And because he is our daddy,
And because we are his children
We are more than conquerors
No weapon formed against us shall prosper
We are new creatures in Christ
We are the temples of the Holy Spirit
We are delivered from the power of darkness
We are blessed
We are highly favored
We are the elect of God
We are friends of God
We are set free
We are strong in the Lord
We are joint heirs with Christ
We are healed
We are delivered
We are the righteousness of God
We are the light of the world
We are the salt of the earth
We are called of God.
So let me close with this story entitled….
Learning God is Good (Source: reported by Randy Hoyt, “Seeing God,” Pentecostal Evangel, January 21, 2001, pp.14-15)
What should have been a joyous occasion turned into a nightmare of grief. Randy Hoyt watched helplessly as his wife Kris went into the hospital for an emergency Caesarean section operation when only 5 months pregnant. The bleeding was tremendous. Kris required 30 units of blood. As the doctors battled to save her life Randy cried out to God “God, what do you want? I know you can heal her; why don’t you?”
God didn’t heal her. Kris and 16 days later their prematurely born daughter Grace lost her struggle for life. Randy was left the single parent of six children.
“What about our plans, God?” he asked. “Who will teach the kids, guide them, and love them like their mother?”
Randy soon found out. A program was started which became known as “Help Bring Hope to the Hoyt Kids.” Over the next six months, hundreds of people worked, sent money, donated meals and supplies and poured love into Randy’s family. Randy received more than 500 letters, e-mails and cards from people who said they were praying for them.
At the end of the six months the medical bills are all paid, the mortgage has been paid and Randy is back at work. God did not save his wife, but God’s love was ministered to Randy and his children in deeply profound ways after Kris’ death.
The pain of Kris’ and Grace’s death of course remained. Yet when he started to sink into despair Randy could imagine the two of them in heaven together, fully alive, healthy and full of joy. “See her as she is now,” he felt the Holy Spirit saying. “She is alive.”
Reflecting upon his experience Randy says, “I asked God for the life of my wife; I received instead a lesson on the nature of God. God is good. Armed with that knowledge, I have no fear for today or the future. God will always be enough…for any situation.” So not only is God Good, but this Good God is our daddy…
So stop worrying about your health and remember who your daddy is.
Stop worrying about the job.
Stop worrying about the bills.
Stop worrying about how you will feed your kids.
Stop worrying about the pain.
Stop worrying about the diagnosis.
Stop worrying about the addiction.
Stop worrying about the problems.
Stop worrying about your unsaved loved ones.
Stop worrying about what someone else has.
Stop worrying about your past.
Stop worrying about your present.
Stop worrying about your future.
Why because we know who our daddy is.
I know COVID-19 is on your mind.
I know the Black Lives Matter Movement in on your mind.
I know the upcoming election is on your mind.
I know the state of the economy is on your mind.
I know the condition of the world is on your mind.
But remember who your daddy is!
There is no need for me to go on any talk show to find out who my daddy is, because I already know. I have accepted the spirit, the spirit has adopted me, and the spirit has assured me. But if I did go on a talk show when the host opened up the envelope (Envelope with picture of Jesus on the cross.) the results would read Brian you are a child of God, God You Are the Father! The Blood test proves it! Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! Who’s your daddy? Your daddy is The Lord! Everyone in the room stand to your feet and give Your daddy praise!
Because the blood test is in…
We are the children of God
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left crimson stain
But Jesus washed it white as snow
What can wash away my sins…
The blood that Jesus shed for me…
Why, because it reaches to the highest mountain…
Who’s your daddy?