G3: Abba Father – One of the Best Names of God


There are so many great names of God. Some of these are, “El Shaddai, Elohim, Yahweh, and Jehovah Jireh.” These names are all used to describe God. Did you know that when Jesus was on this earth He actually gave us a new name of God? This is one of God’s greatest names, it is father.

The Bible says, “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Rom. 8:15). Jesus did such a perfect work on the cross. The moment we received God’s free gift of salvation, we became a child of God.

This word, “abba” is actually an Aramaic word people in Jesus’ time would use. Some even translate this word as, “daddy” speaking of our closeness with God. If you were at playground in Israel you could hear children calling out to go on the swing saying, “Abba, abba.” Imagine a young Hebrew child getting ready to jump off of the deep end of the pool. He wants his father to catch him, so he yells out, “Abba!” God wants us to have this child-like faith.

Just as a prince doesn’t earn their spot in the kingdom, we don’t either. A king doesn’t choose the fastest or strongest child, they are born into that kingly family. In that same way we don’t have to deserve our relationship with God, it is a free gift. We can come boldly to His throne not because of our works, but because He is our father.

How do you see God? Do you see Him as an angry God? Or do you see Him as your loving father? How we see God impacts our relationship with Him. Jesus paid the ultimate price to have us born into the family of God. With so many great names of God, I believe that the simple name of, “Abba! Father!” is life changing (Rom. 8:15).


Anytime you see the words, “G3” this will indicate that the message was taken from an article I wrote for my local newspaper, the Bay City Sentinel.


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