MHFM: John 7:29 is another verse in which we see the connection between Jesus’ temporal mission (i.e. being sent by the Father) and the eternal generation.
John 7:29- “I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”
The first part (“I am from him”) refers to the eternal generation from the Father. The second part (“he sent me”) refers to Jesus’ temporal mission in the world. The temporal mission is clearly based upon the eternal procession. As we covered in our video on the Trinity and the Filioque, that further proves the Filioque because Jesus also sends the Holy Spirit in the temporal mission. The temporal missions are not regulated by command or counsel, since that would result in subordinationism. They are, rather, based upon the eternal relations in the Trinity. Since Jesus sends the Holy Spirit in the temporal mission, that indicates that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and from the Son in the eternal procession.
John 16:7- Jesus said: “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Paraclete will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”
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