The three persons of the Godhead each have specific roles that they fill and function in. All three persons have the exact same nature, and one is not inferior to either of the others, but their roles differ. We saw in our last post how their different roles played out in close cooperation with each other at the birth of the universe.
God the Father is the Ultimate One to which everything and everyone submits, including the other two persons of the Godhead. For human beings, submission can be a grit-your-teeth-and-endure decision. It is not so with the Godhead. The Son and the Holy Spirit are so harmoniously of one mind with the Father that submission to Him is the highest delight.
Jesus the Son is obedient to the Father in all things. In the garden, He prayed, “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42), and yet if Jesus had chosen not to do as His Father wished, God the Father would have honored His decision not to go to the cross. We know this because Jesus said to Peter at the time of His arrest, “Do you think that I could not even now pray to my Father and he would immediately give me more than twelve legions of angels [to rescue me]?” (Matthew 26:53). The Father knew He could trust Jesus completely to carry through His plan.
Jesus’ struggle in submitting to the will of His Father in the garden may at first glance seem to be a contradiction to the perfect agreement of the Godhead that I mentioned earlier. It isn’t, really. It was Jesus’ human nature that was exhibited in Gethsemane. He endured as a man the same anguishes that we do, but in his triumph over His human desire to avoid the cross, He reconciled perfectly His God nature and His human nature by His complete submission to the Father.
There is coming a day when God the Father will be seen to be Ruler over all. We are in an age when Jesus the Son reigns as King of Kings, but at the end of time, once He has returned to earth and “put down all rule and all authority and power,” Jesus will hand over the Kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24). “And when all things are subdued to him [Jesus], then shall the Son also himself be subject to him [God the Father] who put all things under him, that God [the Father] may be all in all”(1 Corinthians 15:28).
It is the Father’s role to reign supreme.
Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.