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8:14-15 Abba Father

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Transcript of 8:14-15 Abba Father

We need to delight with God in the relational intimacy that sanctification develops between Him and us.
Romans 8:12-17
Compassion of God
"Abba"
vs. 15

Children of God
Confirmation of God
"Witness of the Spirit"
vs. 16

Connection with God
"Joint-heirs"
vs. 17

Romans 8:15
With God the Father, this relational intimacy is expressed sweetly in His adoption of us and our response of delight and trust in Him.
The Spirit of Slavery
Aren't Believers Slaves of God?
What is the Spirit of Slavery?
The Believer is Freed from Fear
Romans 1:1a
“Paul a servant (slave) of Christ Jesus . . .”
Romans 6:18
“and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”
In describing our obedience to the commands of God we are depicted as slaves. In describing our relationship with God we are depicted as adopted sons.
Romans 6:19
“I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.”
John 15:14-15
“14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
Galatians 4:7
“So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
1 John 4:17-18

“17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
Sin is Slavery to Loving Self
Slavery to Loving Self always results in Fear
Fear Motivated People Sin to Escape
Fear and Sin Cycle
Salvation brings Freedom from fearing God's wrath
God's Love to us makes us love Him and want to be like Him
We are compelled to love others instead of sin against God and others
Freedom and Love Cycle
Our Flesh Deceives Us About God's Love

Our Lack of Holiness Frightens Us

Our Flesh Deceives Us About Obeying God
Delight and Trust in Abba
Big Picture View of Abba
Delighting in Abba
Trusting Abba
There is a history of love and affection
There is a contagious excitement
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