But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
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
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.