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. — Romans 8:15 (KJV)
Paul is writing to Romans about their relationship with the heavenly father. He uses ‘adoption’ or ‘sonship’ to describe the believer’s new relationship with God. Not just to Romans but to us all, Paul makes the point that we are God’s children – heirs of God, through the salvation that has brought by Jesus Christ.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 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.
We are no longer cringing and fearful slaves, instead, we are the Master’s children. What a privilege! Because we are God’s sons and daughters, we share in great treasures as coheirs. God has already given us his best gifts: His son Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit, through that we receive forgiveness and eternal life. Now he is encouraging us to ask for whatever we need in his name.
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. — John 14:14
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. — Matthew 7:7
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. — Matthew 21:22
What a wonderful daddy he is!