The Role Of Father And Son

Q. In 1 Cor. 15:24-28 Paul wrote, “Then after Christ has destroyed all powers and forces, the end will come, and he will give the kingdom to God the Father. After everything is under the power of God’s Son, he will put himself under the power of God, who put everything under his Son’s power. Then God will mean everything to everyone.”

What do these scriptures mean that say “He will put himself under the power of God?” Christ is God, so why does he give the kingdom to God the Father?

A. Sometime in the past Jesus was given a separate identity as God’s son. In Psalm 2:7 God said “You are my son. Today I have become your Father.” In His role as the Son, He has always remained subordinate to the Father (John 5:19).

He has been given the task of redeeming the Creation and restoring it to the condition it was in before Adam lost it (Romans 8:19-21). This includes all of Adam’s descendants who choose to be redeemed. When He’s finished, He will present everything to the Father, His task accomplished. Though the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one, they are also three, and as such often perform their work independently. When they do, the Father is always shown to be in the superior position.

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