1 Corinthians 15: 27 Certainly, “he has put all things in subjection under his feet.” Now when it says that all things have been put in subjection, obviously that does not include the one who subjected all things to him. 28 But when all things have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected all things to him, in order that God may be all in all. (EHV)
The Jehovah’s Witnesses love to quote this verse to try to prove that the Son cannot be equal to the Father if he subjects himself to the Father. Of course, they also do not believe in a Triune God, so that cannot possibly understand the words, “in order that God may be all in all.”
Our Triune God is a relational God and has been from all eternity. The Bible says that God is love. From eternity the Father loved the Son. Listen to the words of Psalm: “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” Those words are spoken almost a thousand years before Jesus was born. These words are spoken in eternity, which is why we confess in the Creed, “eternally begotten of the Father.” There was never a time when God was and the Son of God was not.
The best way to describe the loving relationship between the first and second person of the Triune God is with the words God chose, Father and Son. God, the Father, loved his Son and was well please with him when he submitted to his Father’s will and came to this earth to redeem us from sin and death and hell. When he rose and ascended into heaven, the Father handed all things over to his Son. The Son has ruled and is ruling until even the last enemy, death, is destroyed by his coming. He sent his Spirit into the world with the gospel so to gather all of God’s elect. On the last day at his coming, the last enemy, death, will be destroyed. And then the Son will hand over everything to his Father, so that “God may be all in all.”
Who is greater? The Father, who loved his Son eternally and chose to send him into our world to save us? Or the Son, who is eternally begotten and one with the Father, who came to bear our sins and die our death? Or the Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and the Son and gathers us into God’s kingdom? There is one God, and three pe. All three are equal in glory and honor and deserve our eternal praise.
Prayer: Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, coequal and coeternal, deserving all honor and glory and praise! I praise you for you created me to be your own, you redeemed me by the blood of Jesus, and you called me to faith by the gospel. I am yours and you are mine forever more! Amen.