All things were given of the Father to His beloved Son
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Who made Jesus to be "both Lord and Christ"?
John 14:28 ... I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. (Jesus)
“The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first. The Son was equal with the Father in that he had received all things from the Father.” -James White, Review & Herald, January 4, 1881
Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father...
John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
Hebrews 1:1-2 God... hath... spoken unto us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things...
Who who appointed Jesus to be "heir of all things"?
Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel[Christ] of his[Jehovah's vs.7] presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
"... the divine presence the glory of God was manifested through Christ.... The Father has given the world into the hands of Christ..." PP 366.1
Psalm 8:6 Thou[Jehovah vs.1] makest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:
Ephesians 1:22 and he[Father, the God of Christ vs17] put all things in subjection under his[Christ vs. 20] feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church,
Matthew 28:18 [Jesus said] All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.
John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
John 17:2 even as thou(Father) gavest him(Son) authority over all flesh, that to all whom thou hast given him, he should give eternal life.
Jesus, having "all authority" "in heaven and on earth", "knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands", even having "authority" to give "eternal life", still insisted that it is a matter of eternal life to know His Father as the "only true God":
- John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:9 ... and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus,...
But turning from all lesser representations, we behold God in Jesus. Looking unto Jesus we see that it is the glory of our God to give. “I do nothing of Myself,” said Christ; “the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father.” “I seek not Mine own glory,” but the glory of Him that sent Me. John 8:28; 6:57; 8:50; 7:18. In these words is set forth the great principle which is the law of life for the universe. All things Christ received from God, but He took to give. So in the heavenly courts, in His ministry for all created beings: through the beloved Son, the Father's life flows out to all; through the Son it returns, in praise and joyous service, a tide of love, to the great Source of all. And thus through Christ the circuit of beneficence is complete, representing the character of the great Giver, the law of life. -Desire of Ages 21.2 (think: "mystic ladder")
John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
Prior to His incarnation, was it then true that Christ did nothing of himself? Yes. At the time of creation it was said that Jehovah's "Son would carry out his will and his purposes, but would do nothing of himself alone. The Father's will would be fulfilled in him."
John 3:34 For he(Christ) whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him(Christ). -John the Baptist
“'He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?' Romans 8:32. The Father gave His Spirit without measure to His Son, and we also may partake of its fullness.” -Ellen White, GC 477.1
Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
Acts 2:33 Being therefore by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he hath poured forth this, which ye see and hear. -Peter at Pentecost
By whom was Christ exalted? By whom did Christ receive the Holy Spirit, which Christ "shed forth" at Pentecost?
"Since the sin of our first parents there has been no direct communication between God and man. The Father has given the world into the hands of Christ, that through His mediatorial work He may redeem man and vindicate the authority and holiness of the law of God." -PP366.1 (think: "mystic ladder")
“God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God. To Christ has been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son.” -Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 268.3, March 1904
Philippians 2:5 ... Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God... 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him...
"Our heavenly Father is the God of the universe, and Christ is the divine Son, the One equal with the Father." -Ms49-1906.26
Will there ever come a time when Christ will "put down all rule and all authority", which His Father gave Him? Yes =>
1 Corinthians 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he[Christ] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Desiring to live by every word that comes from the mouth of Jehovah (Deut8:3; Mt4:4)
-Sid Nash: 02/25/2023. Latest version: http://sidnash.org/t/AllThingsGivenSon.php