21. "Abba, Father," We Approach Thee

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by J.G. Deck
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"Abba, Father," we approach Thee
 
In our Saviour's precious name;
 
We, Thy children, here assembling,
 
Now the promised blessing claim.
 
From our guilt His blood has washed us,
 
'Tis through Him our souls draw nigh;
 
And Thy Spirit too has taught us
 
"Abba, Father," thus to cry.
Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:15; Hebrews 10:19-22; Matthew 18:20; Revelation 1:5; Hebrews 7:18; Romans 8:15; Luke 15:11-32
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Once as prodigals we wandered
 
In our folly far from Thee;
 
But Thy grace, o'er sin abounding,
 
Rescued us from misery:
 
Clothed in garments of salvation,
 
At Thy table is our place;
 
We rejoice, and Thou rejoicest,
 
In the riches of Thy grace.
Ephesians 2:13; Romans 5:20; Ephesians 2:5; Isaiah 61:10; 1 Corinthians 4:23-26; Luke 15:24; Ephesians 1:7
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Thou the prodigal hast pardoned,
 
"Kissed us" with a Father's love;
 
"Killed the fatted calf," and called us
 
E'er to dwell with Thee above.
 
"It is meet," we hear Thee saying,
 
"We should merry be and glad;
 
I have found My once-lost children,
 
Now they live who once were dead."
Luke 15:20-24
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"Abba, Father!" we adore Thee,
 
While the hosts in heaven above
 
E'en in us now learn the wonders
 
Of Thy wisdom, grace and love.
 
Soon before Thy throne assembled,
 
All Thy children shall proclaim
 
Abba's love as shown in Jesus,
 
And how full is Abba's name!
Ephesians 3:10
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)