‘I and Father are one’, Jesus affirmed Jn.10: 30. He was also with the Father in the beginning Jn.1: 1. In so many instances the Spirit elucidates the unfolding Will of God as coming from the Son in that these are fulfilled. Divine Will speaks for God the Father; whereas in its fulfillment it is Jesus Christ whom we see.
Jesus Christ as St Paul says is the image of the Invisible God.(Col.1:14) On analysis we can infer that Jesus as the Son of man and his Father are one.
In Marginalia I have laid the principle of Association in order to throw light on this Father-Son relationship. We shall see how Jesus chose to fulfil the Will of his Father.
There are two instances which the Holy Spirit narrates each specifying the jealousy of God for his holiness. Any transgression against it brought death. God made a covenant with Abraham which he was to keep as ‘an everlasting covenant’ (Ge.-17:13-14). After God had chosen Moses to deliver his message to the Pharaoh we read that the Lord met him in an inn, and sought to kill him(Ex.4:24). God’s Judgment probably arose over his son born to him in exile. From the subsequent passage indicating Zipporah’s intervention we can infer it has to do with his son who was not circumcised. Zipporah however averted God’s wrath by her quick action. Similarly we read how angel of the Lord met Joshua and would have slain him. He saved himself by putting his shoes away from the holy ground.(Jos.5:13-15). God the Spirit found it appropriate to contrast divine Judgment from two standpoints of God and the Son of man. The lesson, which the Holy Spirit teaches is this: Judgment under the law of Moses and the glorious liberty of Jesus Christ under grace.
When Apostle John in his gospel writes ‘Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ(Jn.1:14)’ what are we to understand? Judgment of God acquired a human face as it were. “(The Father) hath given him authority to execute judgment also because he is the Son of man (Jn.5:27,22).” When Jesus would want to visit Samaria and sent an advance party to make arrangements the Samaritans did not receive them. Response of James and John, his two disciples were typical. They would command fire from heaven as punishment even as Elijah did. ‘You know not what manner of spirit ye are of (Lk.9:55)’ God is a spirit which Jesus Christ expressed in a characteristic manner. Grace and truth came by him. By principle of association God the Son revealed the nature of God the father truthfully.
God is the Father of mercies. Grace and judgment are drawn from Mercy.
This is adapted and modified for this blog.
Selected from Marginalia- chapter 3. Eternal verities: grace and judgment.
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