Getting used to a spirit Dad

It’s taking some getting used to, having a spirit Dad, and a spirit Dad who calls us his children, too. Because if he’s a spirit Dad and I’m a spirit Dad’s son, what’s that make me? Spirit, too?!

Yes it does, according to what Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3. “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he has been born again,” Jesus said in verse 3. We humans can’t even “see” God’s world, let alone “enter” it (verse 5), unless we go through a second birth. A second birth? How? “Of water and the Spirit,” verse 5. It’s a birth by the Spirit. And what does a Spirit birth make a human into? “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,verse 6. Well, of course anyone born of the Spirit is spirit. How could the Spirit give birth to anything else?!

Nicodemus was still a bit flummoxed by all this, but Jesus said he shouldn’t be (verse 7). Quite right, too. Nicodemus, a leading Pharisee and teacher, knew about the Spirit and how the Spirit would create an entirely “new heart” in people, Ezekiel 36:26-27, the evidence of which would be a wholehearted desire to obey God and trust him.

And hadn’t exactly that been happening of late, Jesus asks Nicodemus (John 3:11)? People’s hearts were turning to God all over the place in response to Jesus – as have people’s hearts ever since. Billions of people have looked to God as their “Abba, Father,” their spirit Dad, and responded to him as his children, in love and trust, just as Ezekiel predicted.

But if humans are responding to God as his children, then being the children of a spirit Dad makes us spirit too, right? Yes. But spirit in what way? In mind and heart. When the Spirit births us a second time, we’re born with “the mind of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 2:16. And it’s having this spirit mind of Christ that now enables us to “worship the Father in spirit and in truth,” John 4:23-24. We’re now on the same spirit level the Father is. We share his same mind and heart, so we can respond back to him in the same spirit mind and heart he has.

And God put us on that same spirit level with him through the Spirit. It means I’ve got a spirit Dad I can respond back to with affection, complete trust and obedience. Like a real son of God. It’s still taking some getting used to, though, just as it took Nicodemus a while too, to grasp what the Spirit’s given us.

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