The Relationship Of The Father And The Son

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As we have seen, for Paul, God the Father is He who has raised Jesus from the dead. Paul views the Abrahamic narrative in this light as if the narrative were written with that statement being true at the time that Abraham walked the earth. The God of Abraham is the God who would raise Jesus from the dead. Implied in that statement is that Jesus had to die. Knowing that Jesus is God the Son, that means that, from time immemorial, the Son is He who would be sent by the Father to suffer and die. The relationship of the Father and the Son is centered around the Father sending the Son, the Son suffering death, and the Father raising the Son: the Paschal Mystery. The Son is the perfect Image of the Father, in eternity and in time, from whom the …show more content…
God the Father’s identity is Paschocentric. That is the identity of the Father is revealed centrally by the Son’s Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery, according to Paul. Therefore, the references that Paul makes to the Cross and the Crucified Christ can be understood as references to Jesus revealing the Father. When Paul says that the Cross is a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles, it is because the profundity that the Father would give Himself entirely so that they might have life seems foolishness to a culture that knows God as a Father of a People, or as a distant God, or as a Mighty Emperor. When Paul says that he preaches Christ crucified, he is saying that He preaches the Father’s life giving love. When he claims to bear the brand marks of Christ He claims to be an image of the Father. When he exhorts others to imitate him as he imitates Christ, he is exhorting them to image the Father as Christ images the Father, through offering their entire self so that others may have …show more content…
We have seen that in the Old Testament God is the Father of a People, whose King is His son in a special way. Ancient Judaism held this in a such a way, that it was predestined from creation for all the world to see. Some of Paul’s contemporaries held to universal Fatherhood of God with a special relationship between Him and His people Israel. The Romans held that Rome would be the father of all peoples and that the Emperor would be the Father of the Fatherland, as its savior and founder. Paul takes these things and revolutionizes them after encountering the Risen Christ. Through the Resurrection, the identity of God the Father is revealed to Paul, as He who raises Jesus from the dead. This implies that God the Father’s Identity is centered on His Son, and giving life to Him. This manifests itself in time through the sacramental nature of the Paschal Mystery and in eternity through the begetting of the Son. This fulfills and transcends the notions of Divine Paternity in all cultures, especially those which would have influenced Paul. It also reveals that the very Identity of God the Father is centered on Christ and the Paschal

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