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Jesus Christ: The sonship of Jesus

7 March 2016

Jesus Christ:  The sonship of Jesus

JesusJesus of Nazareth is the Son of the living God.

The angel Gabriel said to Mary about Jesus, before He was conceived in the womb, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35 – NKJV).

In the days of His flesh, God spoke twice from heaven declaring that Jesus was His Son. The first time at the Jordan river, after Jesus was baptized by John, as it is written: “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway of the water, and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). The second time on the holy mountain, when Jesus was transfigured before three of His disciples, as it is written: “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid” (Matthew 17:1-6).

Jesus Himself declared that He was the Son of God on many occasions. I will cite just two of them. One day Jesus asked a man, who was born blind to whom He gave sight, ‘Do you believe in the Son of God?’ He answered and said, ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.’ Then he said, ‘Lord, I believe!’ And he worshiped Him (John 9:35-38). When Jesus was led before the Jewish Council, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, asked Him, ‘Are You then the Son of God?’ So He said to them, ‘You rightly say that I am’ (Luke 22:70).

The Jews condemned Jesus to be deserving of death because He declared that He was the Son of God. Here is what Mark wrote: “Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ Jesus said, ‘I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think? And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death” (Mark 14:61-64 – NKJV). And when they delivered Him to Pontius Pilate they said to him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God” (John 19:7 – NKJV). The reason why according to the Jews Jesus was guilty of blasphemy, and thus He had to be put to death, was that by calling God His own Father He made Himself equal with God (John 5:18), that is to say, He made Himself God (John 10:33).

Jesus Christ was declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4).

The apostles of the Lord believed and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 14:33; 16:16; Acts 9:20).

Demons know that Jesus is the Son of God, for in the days of His flesh demons came out of many, crying out and saying, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of God!’ (Luke 4:41).

To conclude this teaching on the sonship of Jesus, I want to point out that Jesus did not become the Son of God, either at His birth or sometime during His earthly life, for He existed prior to His conception. In other words, He existed in heaven with God the Father before He was conceived in the womb of Mary his mother. He Himself said that He came down from heaven (John 6:38), and that He came forth from the Father and came into the world (John 16:28). Was Jesus eternal in His preexistence or was He a created being? He was eternal, because He existed with God the Father from eternity. For Jesus said to the Jews, “Before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58 – NIV), and the apostle John states that Jesus was “that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us” (1 John 1:2 – NKJV). As you can see, these words confirm His everlasting pre-existence in heaven with God the Father. Therefore we proclaim that the Son of God is the First and the Last. He was and is the eternal Son, coexistent and coeternal with the Father.

From: The New Way

  1. 8 March 2016 09:31

    Jesus said: “Before Abraham was, I AM”
    Jesus said: “Who has seen me, has seen the Father”
    Jesus said: “The Father and I are one.”
    Isaiah 9:6 is where Jesus is identified as God and as the Everlasting Father and also as the Son.

    Hear, oh Israel, your Lord is ONE!

    Trinity teaching is derived from paganism dating back to Nimrod and the Nephilim. It was formally introduced into Christianity by a Byzantine monk around 284AD to broker peace between Constantinople and Rome for political reasons, to bolster business power. The New Testament was later altered to include trinity doctrine.

    Test the spirits. Seek the root to seek its origin.


    • 8 March 2016 19:11

      Verses of the Scripture supporting the concept of the Trinity
      Matthew wrote: “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13-17). In this event, which occurred at the Jordan river, we see the Father who spoke from heaven, the Son who was on earth who was baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit who descended like a dove and alighted upon Him. This was a clear manifestation of the Trinity, all of the Three Persons of the Godhead being referred to.
      Jesus said to His disciples: “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:15-17). Jesus, while He was still on earth with His disciples, was the Comforter, whom God had sent to comfort those who mourned, but since He had to go back to the Father, who had sent Him, He prayed the Father that He might give them another Comforter, that is, the Holy Spirit, who would be with them forever. And at the appointed time His prayer was heard, for the Father, in answer to the prayer of His Son, sent the Spirit of truth to meet the needs which arose after the departure of His Son. The concept of the Trinity is present in the words of Jesus.
      Jesus, before He was taken up into heaven, said to His disciples: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…” (Matthew 28:19). Water baptism, which I remind you does not purge a man from his sins because it is just ‘an appeal to God for a good conscience’, must be administered in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus would never have commanded to do such a thing if He and the Father and the Holy Spirit were not one, that is to say, a Trinity in Unity.
      Paul says to the Romans: “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11). In these words we find God the Father who raised up Jesus; the Son who was raised up by Him; and the Holy Spirit whom He sent forth into our hearts and by whom He will quicken our mortal bodies. Here also the concept of the Trinity is expressed very clearly.
      Paul, at the end of one of his epistles to the Corinthians, wrote: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14). As you can see, here also the Three Persons are mentioned separately; however, notwithstanding this, they are one.
      Paul said to the Ephesians: “There is …. One Spirit …. One Lord, …. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4,5,6). Also from these words we learn that the Three Persons of whom the Godhead consists, are distinct from one another yet in perfect unity with one another.
      Paul said to the Corinthians: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). Please note that Paul first of all mentions the Spirit, secondly the Lord Jesus Christ and then God. Also these words make it clear that the Three Divine Persons, even though they are distinct from one another, are one God.
      The Scripture condemns the three blasphemies against the Three Persons of the Godhead. Those who blaspheme the name of God commit a sin (for it is written: “Do not blaspheme God” Exodus 22:28 – NIV), as well as those who blaspheme against the Son of Man and the Holy Spirit. However, while those who blaspheme against God and the Son of Man can be forgiven, those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit cannot obtain the remission of their sin for Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mark 3:28-29 – The NIV reads in verse 29: “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin”). These words of Jesus make it clear that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person distinct from the Son of God and from the Father. That’s why when we speak about the Son we don’t refer to the Holy Spirit and vice versa, and that’s why when we speak about the Father we don’t refer to the Son nor to the Holy Spirit, because the Three are distinct from one another. In order that you might understand this concept, I tell you this: we can’t affirm that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins because this is not true, for the Scripture says that it was Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross and not the Father. Neither can we affirm that the Holy Spirit died for our sins because this is not true either. Nor can we affirm that the Holy Spirit baptizes believers with the Holy Spirit, because the Scripture states that it is Christ who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire. However, even though we must mention separately the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and their characteristics, we know that the Three are one. Brothers in the Lord, that’s a mystery, that’s why our words cannot explain it fully.
      As for the Trinity, which is not fully understandable, some say, ‘God cannot be honoured through a concept that ‘nobody fully understands.’ Christians must know the God whom they worship. There is no room for mysteries concerning God!’ These are vain words spoken by people who wilfully forget or do not know that Zophar the Naamathite said: “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven – what can you do? Deeper than Sheol – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea” (Job 11:7-9 – NKJV). Know this, it is not true that there is no room for mysteries, because there are many mysteries concerning God, His nature and His way of working things. However, although there are divine mysteries which have not been revealed to us or we cannot fully comprehend, we are fully persuaded that we have known God, for John says: “I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father” (1 John 2:13) and also: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7). However, it is evident that this does not mean that to us all is clear and there are no more mysteries concerning God, because it is also written: “For we know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9) and also: “For now we see through a glass, darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). But one day we will know just as we also are known.


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