See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.