|Can we call God Father, Abba.|
Jesus spoke of God in the aramaic language as "Abba" or Father. (Mark 14:36, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6). Abba is an intimate word for Father. It is not mother, or a god of many names, an unknown god. It is not a general word, but an intimate word for "my" father.
In some churches we have become politically correct in the names of God, but missed the heart of God the Father. Some even called God as a God of many names, making Him a distant creator, and equating him with the pagan gods of the land. But God is One. Christianity is not about religion, or a spirituality, but about love, God's love for us in Christ.
For many gays, our relationship with our family is strained. Hence, just as we could not connect to our father on earth which may have rejected us because we are gay, we could not likewise connect to Father God in heaven.
God is close to those who seek Him in spirit and truth through Jesus and not by the Mosaic law which brings fear and condemnation.
Mark 14:36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
Rom 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Gal 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
God has gone beyond being a mystery beyond our minds, not that our mind could comprehend God, but in Jesus Christ, we enter into a space where we are reconciled to God, the Father.
In that space of communion, God became Abba, became our Father where we have intimate relationship with. We could now cry out Father God, when the Holy Spirit put the spirit of adoption, the spirit of sonship into our hearts.
Do we have the Spirit of Jesus in our hearts? we have when we become sons of God and we cry out "Abba Father".
Many GLBT Christians have difficulty calling God as Father. We feel God far a way. God is not asking us to love more, to care more for others, but to be in that intimate relationship with Father God. It's like a bear hug. We are covered under the wings of Father God.
Today, the heart of God is for the GLBT community. It is the Father heart of God, to yearning to be reconciled with His gay children.
Through Moses we received the law, but in Jesus Christ came grace and truth.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
We are too law minded, believing that we can reach God through the love commandments. The law came through Moses, and the Jews could not get close to God even though they have the scriptures and recite it daily.
Grace and truth came in Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour, then grace and truth concerning the revelation of God as Father comes into our heart.
God has not witheld His only God to us. He spared the son of Abraham. But God did not spare His own Son. God did not spare Jesus who became our sin.
How much more is our Father's love for us. God spared Abraham something He never spared Himself. Jesus went to the Cross and gave Himself. The Ram of Abraham became stuck in the ticket, the crown of torns, the ram became a sacrifice.
Issac was not mentioned when Abraham came down, because in the mind of God, the sacrifice was done. Abraham saw into the future, into Mount Calvary into the highest peak of Mout Moriah.
God the Father is calling to our gay hearts today. Nothing really matters, except an intimate relationship with God the Father. His heart longs for the GLBT community to know Him as Abba, as Daddy. God is for us. He is not against us. He sent His Son Jesus to us, and we too may become sons of God.
You are not living your life alone. Father God is with you. The sign is the rainbow. His grace.