Reflect on the parallelism. The perfection of Jesus’ obedience in the Godhead, which we have just been told is a mark of the Son’s love for his Father ([John] 14:31), is precisely what it means for the eternal Son to remain in the love the Father has for him. This is a relational matter (i.e., the Father and the Son are related to each other in this way), but it is also a constitutional matter (i.e., that is the way God Almighty is constituted). This pattern of love, both relational and constitutional, in the very being of God becomes, according to Jesus, the and incentive of our relation to Jesus. If we love him, we will obey him (14:15); here, if we obey him, we remain in his love. And thereby our relation to Jesus mirrors the relation of Jesus to his heavenly Father—which is of course a major theme in John 17 [Carson, D. A., The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Crossway Books, 2000), pg. 40, 41].