God's Will, Christ's Purpose

Moses said, "The Lord will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to Him in whatever He tells you."
ACTS 3:22
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God's Will, Christ's Purpose
Everywhere in the Gospel Christ Himself relates all His words and deeds to the Father's will and counsel. He does so in order to bring about the realization and the belief that everything He said and did flowed from the Father's command and from the Father Himself. Just as His divine essence is also from the Father from eternity, so He shows that He did not assume or devise His own office on His own authority, but that it resulted from the Father's premeditated and firm counsel. And, as has been stated repeatedly, He does this for the purpose of drawing us to the Father, in order that we may seek, or think of, no other god than Christ or fear the Father as though the Father and Christ were not of one mind. No, we are to believe and know that the Father is just as graciously disposed toward us as Christ, who mercifully and willingly dies for us because this is the Father's will and command.

From Sermons on the Gospel of John, Chapters 14-16 (Luther's Works 24:403)
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