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The Father's delight

This is by a fellow minister:

He said it before the Son had done anything.

It was one of the rare occasions where all three Persons of the God-head were manifested together. On such occasions we are prudent to pay especially close attention. The Son is baptized, the Spirit descends in bodily form like a dove and the Father speaks.

The words of the Father, “Thou Art my beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased,” are powerful not just in themselves but also in their placement chronologically. The Father does not offer these after the resurrection or the cross; these are not given in response to a teaching or a miracle. In terms of the ministry Jesus had not yet done anything.

While the doctrine of Divine love may be in our heads it is often absent from [...]