The Unique Relationship between the Father and the Son in the Gospel of John -- By: Bartel Elshout

Journal: Puritan Reformed Journal
Volume: PRJ 03:1 (Jan 2011)
Article: The Unique Relationship between the Father and the Son in the Gospel of John
Author: Bartel Elshout


The Unique Relationship between the Father
and the Son in the Gospel of John

Bartel Elshout

In the last issue of PRJ, we printed an article by Bartel Elshout, “The Father’s Love for His Son.” This article provides the scriptural support for that article as drawn from the Gospel of John. The passages regarding this special relationship between the Father and the Son are listed in the order in which they occur in the Gospel of John.

Headings under which the Passages are Organized

  1. The Son is the Word (Logos) of the Father
  2. The Son is equal to the Father
  3. The Son engages in face-to-face communion with the Father
  4. The Son’s personality is distinct from the Father’s personality
  5. The Son is eternally begotten by the Father
  6. The Son is the revelation of the Father
  7. The Son declares who His Father is (He is the exegesis of the Father)
  8. The Son is the Father’s gift to man
  9. It is the Father’s will to give eternal life to those who believe on His Son
  10. The Son has been sent by the Father
  11. The Father loves the Son
  12. The Father has committed all things into the hands of His Son
  13. The Father’s wrath burns against those who reject His Son
  14. It is the Son’s delight to do His Father’s will
  15. The Son does His Father’s work
  16. The Father fully communicates His heart to His Son
  17. Men are duty-bound to honor the Son as they honor the Father
  18. To hear the Son is to believe on the Father
  19. The Son has life in Himself in the same capacity as the Father has life in Himself
  20. The Father bears witness to His Son
  1. The Son represents the Father
  2. The Father has sealed the Son
  3. It pleases the Father when men believe on His Son
  4. The Father has given the elect to His Son
  5. The Father draws sinners to His Son
  6. Only the Son has truly seen the Father — and knows Him fully
  7. The Son lives by the Father
  8. The Son communicates the Word of His Father to His people — and to the world
  9. Children of the Father love the Son
  10. The Son honors the Father
  11. The Father honors the Son
  12. The Father and the Son know each other mutually and exhaustively
  13. The Father has sanctified the Son — set Him apart for a special purpose
  14. The Father and the Son mutually indwell each other
  15. The Father always hears the Son
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