SON OF GODHow Can Jesus be God's Son and Still be as Old as and Equal to the Father? Quite frankly, he can't. Tinkering with the teaching of the fatherhood of God and the Sonship of Christ is one of the most dangerous elements to the doctrine of the trinity. John said, "He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son" (1 John 2:22).
Now, let's be honest. If the Son was as Old as the Father, he wasn't really the Son, was he? Furthermore; if the Son was as Old as the Father, the Father wasn't really the Father either. Trinitarianism leaves its followers with a pseudo-fatherhood and a pseudo-sonship relationship between God and Jesus. God could not have fathered someone who had always existed at His side from eternity. Jesus could not be the Son of someone with whom he had co-existed for all eternity.
Eternity is a unique span of time, having neither beginning nor end. That span is inhabited by only one, "The high and lofty one that inhabiteth eternity" (Isa. 57:15). He didn't say "the high and lofty three" that inhabit eternity.
Jesus recognized the fatherhood of God in relationship to his sonship by saying, "I came out from the Father...I proceeded forth and came from God...as the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father" (John 16:27,28; 8:42; 6:57).
Jesus owed his existence to Him who giveth to all life. Jesus is the SON of the Highest. His years are few in number compared to his Father's. Why should we be satisfied with counterfeit teachings of the world, when we can have the real genuine teaching of the Bible? Don't accept pseudo-religion.
ONE GODIs the term simply an empty phrase in religion? The importance of the term can best be emphasized by Peter's statement of faith found in Matthew 16:15-16, "But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
This answer finds difficulty being incorporated into trinitarian faith. The emphasis on Jesus the Son of the living God, leaves little room for false interpretations. The language used in Hebrews 5:8 should clear the air for all time. "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered."
Jehovah, the existing one, sent word to David by Nathan the prophet saying, "I will set up they seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels...I will be his father, and he shall be my son" (2 Sam. 7:12,14). Peter said in Acts 2:30 that this prophecy was fulfilled in Christ. Yahweh is the father of Christ. Christ is not Jehovah, he is not Yahweh. Yahweh said in prophetic language to Christ in Psalms 2:7, "Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." Did you know that Jesus is the begotten son of Yahweh, Jehovah?
Son of God is not a empty phrase employed by cultures of long ago to mean something other than the truth of God. Who did God give for the world that they might not perish but have everlasting life? None other than His Only Begotten Son. The sonship of Christ is without a doubt the foundation on which we must build our Christian Faith. Anything less is sinking sand.
JESUS THE MANJesus is the Son of God because God caused him to be conceived in the womb of Mary, his mother. A father begets by causing a child to be conceived in its mother. This seems to be in harmony with logic and nature. Jesus is the Son of man because he was conceived in and born by a woman. Her name was Mary. Mary herself was the product of the union of a man and a woman.
Why does it seem so incredible to people that God's Son should be a man? I'm not referring to simply a human side, but a real bonafide human being with a "birth certificate". (Matt 1 and Luke 3) If he was not, he could not be:
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (I Tim. 2:5) Jesus is not God, for there is only one of Him. Jesus is a man therefore he can be a go-between or mediator between that one God and the men he died to redeem. Only in being a human being could Jesus die.
HUMAN BEINGThere is no clearer established truth in the Bible than the truth of the humanity of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a man, he is a human being. In making Jesus more than a human being, it is very easy to make God less of a god. If Jesus is in fact equal with God, God is lowered in the unique position of supremacy which He Himself has acclaimed.
In the early church the disciples were confronted with the problem of proving to the people that even though Jesus was a man, he was the Son of God. Today we find ourselves confronted with the problem of proving to people that even though Jesus Christ is God's Son, he is a man.
Why is it so difficult to accept the simple truth of the humanity of Christ? Not the commonly accepted idea of an incarnation, but the Biblical account of a born human being. God's only begotten Son is a man. Not half God and half man; not a God-Man; not a God in his own rite. I'm sure the biblical Jesus is rejected today because of the religious hard-sell which has been given to the false notions regarding a God-man.
ALWAYS EXISTEDIt really seems ridiculous for reasonable people of average intelligence to discuss how long a person has lived before they were born. However, that is exactly what has been promoted in religious circles for centuries. The simple Biblical account given involves the birth of Jesus Christ. The mystical idea of incarnation is without sound Biblical credence. This idea which is deeply embedded in Christendom asserts: [ Jesus has always lived. He created the world. He is God. He became part God and part man through a mystical method which no one understands. He was somehow implanted into Mary's womb and into her fetus and was by an apparent birth introduced into humanity. The birth only covered up a mystical incarnation.]
| Jesus was born into existence according to the Bible. The Biblical account was not a MOCK BIRTH. It was not a cover-up, it was the real thing. The angel said to Mary: "Thou shalt conceive in they womb, and bring forth a son" (Luke 1:31). To Joseph it was said concerning Mary, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus" (Matt. 1:21). God gave His "only begotten Son."
All confusion could be absolved by accepting the simple statement contained in Luke 3:23, "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age." That is not a fairly simple statement. Jesus could not have been 30 years old and have always existed. That even sounds absurd. "If he that cometh preacheth another Jesus" (2 Cor. 11:4). Care must be taken, least we be confronted with another Jesus than he who is taught in the Bible, the Word of God.
WHO CREATED THE WORLDIn the beginning, GOD created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). Paul told Timothy, "For there is one God" and to the Corinthians, "But to us there is but one God" (1 Tim. 2:5 and 1 Cor. 8:6). It stands to reason, if there is but one God and He created the heavens and the earth, it follows that Jesus did not create them. God, who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, created the heavens and the earth. Jesus himself is a product of the creative ability of God. That's why God is his Father. Jesus said, "I live by the Father" (John 6:57). "I proceeded forth and came from God" (John 8:42).
Not only are we to believe in the creative ability of God as it is revealed through His creation, but we are confronted with this statement: "I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself" (Isa. 44:24). This ultimate in creation was accomplished by Almighty God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The four and twenty elders in Revelation 4:11 said to Almighty God: "Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Malachi asked: "Hath not one God created us?" (2:10). The confusion over this issue is so unnecessary. God is the creator. The earth, the heavens, man and woman, and Christ are all products of God's creative genius.
Jesus said, "For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created" (Mark 13:19). Jesus recognized GOD as having created the CREATION.
JESUS NATUREThe simple meaning of divine, according to Webster's New World Dictionary is: "of or like God or a god."
Jesus is "of God", for he said, "I proceeded forth and came from God, neither came I of myself, but He sent me" (John 8:42). Jesus was as he claimed to be, the Son of God. He claimed that not as a mere title or of general semantics. He said, "I came out from God. I came forth from the Father" (John 16:27-28). In another place, Jesus said, "I said, I am the Son of God" (John 10:26). The fact is; Jesus is of God. He owes his existence to God His Father. It is religious suicide to deny the Fatherhood of God and the Sonship of Christ. Jesus is "of God". He is the Son of God.
Jesus is also "like God." Paul referred to Jesus as "The image of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15). The invisible God is He "whom no man hath seen, nor can see" ((1 Tim. 6:16). John made it very plain that no man had seen God at any time (1 John 4:12). While it is true that men saw the Son of God, they did not and have not seen God. Man has beheld him "who is the express image of His person," (Heb. 1:3) but they have not seen God. In this sense, Jesus could be referred to as being divine.
Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. "He was approved of God...(a man approved of God)...among the people by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him" (Acts 2:22). Jesus is not God but is the Son of the One and Only God. "God was in Christ" (2 Cor. 5:19).
GOD OF JESUSThis is a very important question. It alone can solve a number of issues difficult to see through other arguments. Jesus recognized God not only as God, but as HIS GOD, indicating Him to be his object of worship. He said, "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; to my God, and your God" (John 20:17).
In the midst of religious confusion of centuries, Jesus' statement made in John 14:28 stands out to those who seek to know God in truth and righteousness. "My Father is greater than I." Are these only semantical statements which have no real significance? Or is it possible for Jesus here to be making statements regarding his relationship with the God of creation? Does it make sound logic for one part of a co-equal and co-eternal godhead to pray to and worship another part of that same co-equal and co-eternal godhead? Jesus prayed, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me" (Matt. 27:46). Four times in Revelation 3:12, Jesus refers to
MY GODGod means; an object of worship. Even after he had died, been resurrected, and ascended to the right hand of God: Jesus addressed Him not only as God; but as his God or his object of worship. (John 20:17)
Peter realized this great truth, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ"(1 Peter 1:3). God is supreme and occupies a seat which has no equal. He alone is God. There is no other who is God. He is the only God. Jesus proved it by worshipping Him. Jesus proved himself not to be God by worshipping God.
VIRGIN BIRTH"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise" (Matt. 1:18). In other words, "It happened this way." Joseph and Mary were engaged, an arrangement which was as binding then as marriage. Before Joseph had taken Mary unto himself as wife, she became pregnant. Joseph decided to put her away, a term we would associate with divorce. He purposed to do this privately, so as not to attract attention to her. Under the law he would have been within his rights to do this.
Mary was aware of her condition, for an angel had visited her, informing her of the forthcoming conception. "And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son" (Luke 1:31). Her question to the angel was logical. "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" She had not misplaced her husband's trust. How then was she to conceive without the aid of a male partner? The answer to her was twofold: "The power of the Highest shall overshadow thee" and "For with God, nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:35-37). This arrangement satisfied Mary, prompting her to say: "Be it unto me according to they word" (v. 38).
While Joseph thought about what to do in his situation, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream telling him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife for her pregnancy had come about through the power of God.
Joseph's fears were scripturally soothed by the angel from Isaiah 7:14, "Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son." Joseph did as he was bidden and took unto him his wife, Mary. In consideration and fulfillment of the prophecy Joseph refrained from consummating their marital union until after Jesus was born. Even so the Son of God was "made of a woman" (Gal. 4:4). The creeds say "begotten not made" but that is not what the bible says.