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Lessons From the Relationship Between the Father & the Son

Lessons From the Relationship Between the Father & the Son

The Father and the Son enjoy a very special relationship. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18). Jesus is in the bosom of the Father and has a place near the heart of the Father. With our limited understanding, this may be hard to conceptualize, but Scripture declares it so. As we consider the relationship and function between the Father and the Son, we can learn many lessons about our own relationship with God and one another.

Jesus Under the Father’s Authority

God is One, yet is manifest in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are all equally God. Paul, speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, declared, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God” (Philippians 2:6). Even though Jesus is equal with the Father, also being Himself God, Jesus is completely under the Father’s authority. Let us consider these verses declaring Jesus’ authority relationship to His Father.“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:6). “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3). “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). Jesus recognized and fully accepted His place under the authority of His Father. There was no contesting this fact in Jesus’ heart. However, Lucifer had it in his heart to exalt himself above the Father. “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14). Lucifer thought himself to be equal with, and even above, God the Father. Jesus never lifted Himself against or above the Father. Instead, in all His responses He demonstrated that He was in submission to the Father.

Jesus Fulfilled His Father’s Will

Jesus never had His own agenda, but always did the Father’s will and sought glory for the Father, not for Himself. “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. And I seek not mine own glory” (John 8:28-29, 50). The purposes and plans of the Father were always before the face of Jesus. They were Jesus’ goal, and He never entertained an alternative agenda.

There are times when a wife does not understand or appreciate her husband’s goals. This may provoke her to press him to fulfill her own desires and forsake what is a God-given direction for the family. This can derail a family from God’s best. A wise woman is like the Lord Jesus Christ in that she finds out what direction God has given her husband, and lends all her support to that end. She never pushes her own agenda and whims upon her husband, but provides able support in reaching the family’s calling under her husband’s direction.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land” (Proverbs 31:23). In the same way that a virtuous wife does not seek her own glory, but rather seeks to see her husband’s place exalted, so also did Jesus seek glory for the Father. Jesus never sought to exalt Himself but was always speaking of and directing His followers to know His Father. The Holy Spirit exalts Jesus, and Jesus always exalts the Father.

Jesus Obeyed His Father

Because Jesus was under the Father’s authority, and did not have His own agenda, He always did the will of His Father. “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak” (John 12:49-50). There was never a conflict in the heart of Jesus over the direction He would take or what He would do. On the eve before the slaying of the Passover lamb, Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Father gave Him the cup full of our sins and iniquities to drink. Jesus was the spotless Lamb of God and found this a great difficulty. However, there was no question in His mind that if there was no other way, He would drink that cup. This He did to fulfill the will of the Father. He desired to please the Father at any cost to Himself.

His love for the Father compelled Him to always obey His Father’s voice and commandment. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). If we love Him, we will also keep His commandments and desire to please Him. We will not be so concerned about pleasing others, only Him. “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” (John 5:44).

Jesus did not run with knowing the Father’s will and seek to fulfill it in His own way and timing. Satan offered Jesus the opportunity to seemingly circumvent many impending difficulties when he tried Him in the wilderness. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Matthew 4:8-10). Jesus did not seek a shortcut, as so many of us do. Shortcuts can never fulfill the will of God but only tend to cause us to bow to Satan. In everything, Jesus waited until the time appointed of the Father.

The Father Entrusted Everything to Jesus

When Lucifer was created, God had given him great beauty, abilities, and authority (Ezekiel 28:12-14). At some point, Lucifer decided he wanted more than God, in His wisdom, gave him. He sought to reach out and grasp more than was appointed to him. At this point evil entered into the world (Ezekiel 28:15). Lucifer exalted his will against the will of God. Because he tried to take and hold more than was given him, he ultimately lost everything (Isaiah 14:12-15). Because he was discontented with the Father’s will, he exalted himself and rebelled against the Most High. His loss and judgment is eternal damnation.

In contrast to Lucifer’s response, Jesus only wanted to please His Father and do His will. Jesus was willing to apparently lose everything. In the eyes of carnal man, Jesus was a failure at Calvary. Even His own disciples could not understand the wonderful plan of God until well after the resurrection. Jesus embraced that which contradicts man’s perceived way to win in life. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus esteemed the pathway that the carnal mind rejects. In so doing, the way was opened for the Father to entrust everything to Jesus. He did not try to grasp anything for his own agenda, but faithfully fulfilled the will of the Father. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him (John 7:18). Unlike Lucifer, Jesus was a faithful Son that had no iniquity in His heart, but could be fully trusted with all that the Father chose.

Jesus did not hold on to everything as His own to control, but realized that everything He had was from the Father and belonged to the Father. “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them“ (John 17:10 ). When all is completed and everything is subdued under Christ, He will present the kingdom to the Father. “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:24-25).

Jesus, Our Perfect Pattern

What a wonderful and perfect example Jesus provides for us! How often the heart of man is brought down with the error of Lucifer! How often do those who seek to build their own kingdom, rather than the kingdom of God, frustrate God’s best for themselves and others! How often is the church not able to work in unity as expressed in Psalms 133, and enjoy the bountiful blessings of God!

From the relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ to His Father we can learn these valuable lessons that will lead us to more abundant life.

  1. Jesus functioned under the authority of the Father and never rose up against Him.
  2. Never seeking His own glory, Jesus always sought to bring glory to the Father.
  3. He never had His own agenda but always did the Father’s will.
  4. Jesus always obeyed the will of the Father.
  5. He never took shortcuts, but waited for the time appointed of the Father.
  6. Jesus always viewed Himself as a servant with no rights of His own.
  7. The Father was able to entrust everything to Jesus because Jesus knew His place, always loved the Father, and sought to do what pleased the Father.

May we each follow the example of our heavenly Captain, and walk in humility of mind, committed to do only the Father’s will. With this mindset, we will be able to interact in proper relationship to those who have authority over us. What satisfaction we will have when we know that our Father can trust us with whatever He deems best. How satisfied the heart of God will be when He knows we will not be destroyed because we will not lift ourselves up trying to take more than He has wisely appointed for us! Let us have the mindset that governed the thinking of the Lord Jesus Christ, who fully completed the task set before Him and pleased the heart of the Father.

About the Author

Rev. Robert A. Tucker Sr.has pastored Starville Church, Marine City, Michigan for over 30 years. He graduated from Elim Bible School (Dip. Min) and received his masters degree from Regent University (M.A.O.L.). Rev. Robert Tucker teaches in Bible schools and in leadership seminars throughout the world. He authored articles and books that are published in many languages and used in many different countries.

Rev. Tucker is married to Angeline and together they co-authored a book that is a practical study on marriage and family life. They have two grown children, both serving the Lord, and four grandchildren.

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