The Love Relationship

“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.” (John 3:35)

Mahatma Gandhi, typical of the Eastern religious perspective, described God as a “force.” But we see no such impersonal description of God in scripture. Here Jesus speaks of the relationship of the Father and the Son: “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.” Here we find the description of a relationship:

The Father “LOVES” the Son; PERSONS love. The verse says He “has given” to Him; indicative of the give and take of a relationship between Persons. Thus the God of the Bible is no “force”, impersonal. Jesus describes God as a Triune Being, with a loving relationship eternally shared among the three Divine Persons.

And amazingly, these Triune Persons have invited US into their relationship, to share that love with them. Jesus said in John 17 that He wanted His disciples to know God (:3) and to share the love which the Father & Jesus enjoyed, together with them: “so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them.” (:26) This love relationship which the Triune God has shared together from eternity, is something which we ourselves may be brought into through the salvation of Jesus Christ — and it is in fact its greatest benefit!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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