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Jesus Christ, The Son of God

There are a variety of words and expressions used to describe Jesus, but the one chosen by the angel who appeared to Mary before His birth was “the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).  Up until His birth, John identified Him as the “Word” (logos), John 1:1).  He adds:  “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (v.14).

Following His birth, He was to be known as “the Son of God.”  As such, He possessed both a divine and physical nature.   It is essential to remember that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. (Read Luke 1:35). This certified His divinity.  At the same time, Mary carried Him in her womb until time for his physical birth, declaring His humanity.

The point at which Jesus began His public ministry He referred to Himself as “Son of man” more often than He did “Son of God.”  That would seem to emphasize His humanity.  Wile He possessed every human nature, He  also demonstrated divine characteristics beyond human explanation.  His teaching, His miracles, even to the extent of raising the dead fall into a category outside of  human comprehension.

As Son of God, Jesus Christ declared His mission to be one of “seeking and saving lost humanity” (see Luke 19:10).  Interestingly enough, He used the expression “Son of man” in this context.  In John’s gospel,  He states that He came down from heaven to do His Father’s will, (John 6:38).  This ultimately would take Him to the cross where He would sacrifice Himself and lay down His life to atone for the sins of humanity (Read Mark 15:22; 16:1-16).

It is sometimes stated that “God died on that cross to take away our sins.”  Not so! The Son of God, Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Savior  was nailed to that cross and breathed His last to deliver us from sin.  Thanks to our  heavenly Father, the grave could not hold Him.   God, who is eternal and cannot die resurrected Him on the third day.  (Read Luke 24:6,7).

3 Responses to “Jesus Christ, The Son of God”

  1. My Response to Gary Coldiron, Sr.

    I consider this brother to be a good student of the Word who spends considerable time in searching the Scriptures. For some reason he has failed to read carefully what I wrote about Jesus. He has me saying that “Christ had to be simply a man because of his physical attributes.”

    On page 85, Paragraph 4, Line 2, I wrote: “To begin, it needs to be stated that Jesus Christ, while a human being, was divine in that he was the Son of God.” Again: “While here, as the Son of God, he was a divine being.” (Page 99, Paragraph 1, Line 7). A third time it is stated: “it is also true that he was designated ‘Son of God’ that is indicative of His divine nature.” (Paragraph 2, Line 6, Page 108). It would be helpful to read the above quotes in context. At no point did I suggested that Jesus, while living on the earth, was simply a man.
    Any interpretation and understanding of Scripture must not contradict other plain passages. I feel confident our brother would agree with this conclusion. This,however, is exactly what happens with the two Scriptures referred to when he writes: “Yet God ‘walked’ in the cool of the evening in the Garden & He ‘wrestled’ w/ Jacob.” The first reference is Genesis 3:8; the second: Genesis 32:24.

    In John 4:24 Jesus declared “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (NIV). Then in Luke 24:39 Luke has Jesus saying: “See my hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have” (NASV). Unfortunately, the NIV translates spirit (pneuma) as ghost in this passage. It is the same Greek word as is found in John 4:24. The word ghost comes from the Greek fantasma. See Matthew 14:26.

    When in Genesis 3:8, God is said to be walking in the Garden, it obviously would be His heavenly messenger through whom He speaks to Adam and Eve. In Jacob’s case, Genesis 32:24, the Scripture reads “a man wrestled with him till day-break,” It seems a bit unreasonable to expect God to lose in a wrestling match with Jacob. Read the context.

    Gary’s reference to page 224 where he says, “Oliver seems to plow under his whole case.” is not only an enigma to me but to some of the best students of Scripture with whom I am acquainted and who has read the book.

    The reference to Matthew 1:23, where he says “Jesus was truly ‘God with us.'” is covered adequately in the book pages 107-108. Thanks Gary for your comments. Oliver

  2. In response to John Jenkins, you ask: “if Jesus is omnipresent and omnipotent plus those other omnies how can he have faith in anything?

    To be omnipresent would mean that Jesus Christ was able to be present everywhere at one and the same time. The fact that He possessed a human body would limit Him to one place at a time. True, in thought He could be elsewhere just as you and I can. He could be in Jerusalem and thinking of His family in Nazareth all at the same time. Still, His physical location would be Jerusalem.

    Omnipotent would mean He possessed all power. In John 14:28 John quotes Jesus as saying: I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I” (NASV). This thought is best understood in the context of Matthew 28:18 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth….” It is clear that Jesus received His authority from the Father who is said to be “greater that I.” In Matthew 7:29, the writer states that Jesus was teaching “as one having authority” (NASV). At the end of His ministry, He claims to have been given “all authority.” In Gethsemane He prayed: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you wilt” (Matthew 26:39, NASV). This comment appears, before Jesus was given all power (authority).

    As for Omniscence, meaning “all knowing” Mark writes: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32). These thoughts and others are covered in the Book. This in no way affects “The Faith of Jesus.”

  3. To: AlabamaStorm

    Thanks for your comment. I would make the following observation regarding justification and righteousness. We have access to the righteousness of God because we are “in Christ.” The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;…” He continues in verse-21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (NIV).

    With Paul, it is intrinsic righteousness resulting from being in Christ. Imputed righteousness implies the transference of righteousness from God/Christ to us. In Christ, we have access to all the righteousness of God. Read the book for additional clarification.

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