Who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Sometimes we seem to make an irrational distinction between the Father and the Son. We see the Father as stern and unapproachable, while the Son is all-loving and very approachable. The Father seems more so associated with the Old Testament—the Law and wrath of God—while the Son is more so associated with the New Testament—God’s grace and love. Nothing is further from the truth, as today’s verses clearly state.
While there are definite distinctions between the Father and the Son—the Father did not die on the cross or is coming again in the clouds—the Bible is explicitly clear that the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are a perfect unity. The Father and Son are as much alike in the Old Testament as they are in the New Testament. There is no disunity at all! There’s perfect harmony in all that they will and do.
It’s very helpful to remind ourselves, especially when we struggle in approaching the Father, that He is as much involved in our salvation as is the Son, just in a different manner. In today’s verses we read that Jesus “gave himself for our sins.” He did so in order “to deliver us from the present evil age.” While our sins are in direct violation of God’s word and will—His Law—it’s also true that Jesus gave Himself fully and freely “for our sins.” He suffered the penalty for them.
This amazing grace was “according to the will of our God and Father.” The Father, against whom we willfully sinned, gave Jesus to die for those sins. That was His will! No matter what our violation of His Law, He wanted Jesus to suffer for them: “Yet it was the will of the LORD [the Father] to crush him; he has put him to grief” (Isa. 53:10).
Therefore, Paul concluded these great truths with: “To whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” The Father deserves all the glory for our salvation, for it was according to His will that Jesus “gave himself for our sins.”
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