I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
On the Love of God
Mark well the distinction between the love of the Father for the Son and love of the Son for the Father.
Not once is there any hint that the Son commissions the Father. Not once is there a hint that the Father submits to the Son or is dependent on him for his own words and deeds.
The Son is equal with the Father in substance or essence, but there is an economic or functional subordination.
We are Jesus’ friends if we do what he commands. This sounds rather like a definition of a slave. Certainly such friendship is not reciprocal.
—from “The Love of God,” by D.A. Carson, in Tabletalk, February 2012