You are my beloved Son. I take delight in you. (Luke 3:22b)
The steadfast, unchanging posture of God the Father toward God the Son is not dutiful acceptance, but glorious delight.
The scandalous, unbelievable truth of the Gospel is that for those who are united with Jesus by grace through faith, the position He has before the Father is now given to us.
That means if you’re in Christ, God doesn’t just forgive you out of duty. He deeply loves you out of delight!
He doesn’t just take away your sin. He takes pleasure in your salvation.