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)
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. And having an high priest over the house of God. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (Revelation 1:5)
“For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.” (Hebrews 7:18)
“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)
“And he said, A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” (Luke 15:11-32)
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)