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The Father's Love For The Son

 Just as our God is the unique God, so the Son is the unique Son of God.  We know from the text of Scripture that Jesus Christ is the Son in whom the Father is well pleased (Matthew 3:17).  Have you considered why this is so?  It is because the Son is the brightness of His Father’s glory and the exact representation of His Father’s person (Hebrews 1:3).

  The Son is such a perfect representation of the Father that to see the Son is to see the Father (John 14:9).  So well does the Son represent His Father that He openly declares all the Father is (cf. John 1:18).  This has been true of the Son from all eternity.  And the Father loves Him for this reason! 

     As the eternal radiance of the Father’s glory, the Son has eternally been the object of His Father’s love (John 17:24).  The Son has a place in the “bosom” of His Father (John 1:18).  This is the language of intimacy.  So close is the intimacy between Father and Son that Jesus said, “No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.”  Jesus spoke with such endearment and intimacy about the Father that His enemies sought to kill Him “because He said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18). 

     Since the Father loves the Son as He does, He withholds nothing from Him.  “The Father loveth the Son, and showeth Him all things that Himself doeth” (John 5:20).  “God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto [the Son].  The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into His hand” (John 3:34-35).   The Father has given the Son a name which is above every name (Philippians 2:9).  He has crowned the Son with glory and honor (Hebrews 2:9).  He has glorified the Son alongside of Himself with the eternal glory they shared before the world was created (John 17:5)!

     This overflow of love that the Father has for His Son spills over to all those who serve the Son.  Jesus said, “If any man serve Me, him will My Father honor” (John 12:26).  In sharp contrast, those who despise the Son are despised by the Father and become the object of His wrath.  “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God?” (Hebrews 10:29).  The Father’s ultimate requirement of all men is that they “honor the Son, even as they honor the Father” (John 5:23).  No man comes to the Father without receiving the Son and coming by Him (John 14:6).  That is how much the Father loves Him!  Jesus, as Paul literally calls Him in Colossians 1:13, is “the Son of His Father’s love.”

     Thus we see that God has a passion in His heart for His Son.  Jonathan Edwards said, “The infinite happiness of the Father consists in the enjoyment of His Son.”  The Father loves sinners – but this love is a sacrificial and merciful love toward the undeserving.  When we say the Father loves His Son, we mean that the Father admires and prizes and treasures all He sees in His Son, for His Son is the perfect representation of all He is.

(Taken from God in Three Persons by Pastor Michael Williams.)