Ever since my first exposure to deep trinitarian theology (the likes of Jonathan Edwards), I have had an image in my head that I have been totally powerless to express visually or articulately. It is an image which excites me so deeply that I am constantly preoccupied with it (hence, the blog).
The beauty of this explanation is that it is 1) obviously accomplished through Jesus and 2) deeply and beautifully relational.
The incarnate Son cries “Abba, Father” for us (Mark 14:36)
Contained in that endearing and intimate title is all the infinite adoration, knowledge, joy, and love of the Godhead. At the incarnation, God extended that relational reality beyond the boundaries of the Trinity and into the realm of man. By Jesus’ incarnation, life, and death as a man, he went “behind the curtain” of the exclusive family of God on behalf of mankind (Heb. 6:19, 20). At the eve of his death in our stead, he utters, “Abba, Father” (Mark 14:36). In other words, Jesus cries “Abba, Father” for us.
The Spirit cries “Abba, Father” in us (Galatians 4:6)
The Apostle Paul connects the dots rather explicitly in Galatians 4:4-6, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son…to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'”
How beautiful it is to have within us the same affections and relational proximity to God the Father as Jesus has! My joy in writing that sentence, even now, produces tears in my eyes; and yet, I feel as though this post is so profoundly inadequate to articulate the enormously deep and life-altering reality that the “Abba, Father” cry in us actually entails.
Just wanted to draw your attention to that.