Devotional: ‘The Son Pleases the Father’

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 Perhaps the most difficult truth to understand in all of the Bible is the doctrine of the Trinity. So difficult is this for us to comprehend that some do not believe in a God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They believe that the Son must be someone or something other than God. They believe that either He is an exalted angel, or some other type of spirit-being God has created. These same groups also deny the deity of the Holy Spirit. They believe that He is nothing more than a force that God uses to carry out His will.

Yet many others who believe that the Bible teaches a triune Godhead. Although the word ‘trinity’ is not found in the English Bible, it is a doctrine taught throughout scripture.

Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

In this passage we see that the Father refers to the Son as being God. ‘Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever…”

The purpose of today’s devotional is not to prove the deity of Jesus, but to consider the Son’s relationship to the Father. Although God the Father and God the Son are equal (see Php 2:6), the Son always submits Himself to the Father. Jesus said in John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

It is always the desire of the Son to please His Father. Our Lord also said:

  • “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34)
  • “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38)

Surprisingly enough, a great portion of the Father’s will for the Son concerns you and me.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Before God created the world, He devised a plan whereby He would enable us to become His sons and daughters through the death of Jesus. That is why our Lord could say at the close of His suffering on the cross – “It is finished!” (Jn 19:30) In other words, “I have done that which pleased My Father.”

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