That Jesus Christ is the Son of God Almighty in a very special sense there is abundance of evidence in the holy Scriptures. Not only was he called the Son of God, but he also called himself so, much as God the Father did announce him as His Son. And his designation as “the only begotten Son of God” clearly expresses the uniqueness of his sonship.
Some people say that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God simply because, according to them, He has no wife.
This same people go to the extent of saying that Jesus Christ never called himself the Son of God and that he always said he was the Son of Man.
The word son ordinarily means a male child. But spiritually it means one who is procreated, or one who is caused to be, or one who receives life. And “father” means one from whom life is derived. Thus, when we say that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, it should be understood to mean that He was created or given life or caused to exist by the Almighty God. And so to say that God cannot be the Father of Jesus Christ just because He has no wife is, from a spiritual standpoint, very unreasonable.
The Almighty God was not created. His name Jehovah means “a self-existing one.” He has neither beginning nor end, and, in the language of the Psalmist, He is “from everlasting to everlasting.” (Psalm 90:2). But Jesus Christ was created in that he received life from the Father. He himself said: “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” (John 5:26) He could not therefore, have co-existed with the Father from all eternity.
Jesus Christ was the only thing created directly by the Almighty God. This is what is meant by the appellation, “the only begotten Son” of God. He was used by God as an agent to create all other good things. Thus, he was in existence before any other creation of God. King Solomon was inspired to say in his stead: “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths; when there were no fountains abounding with water… When he prepared the heavens, I was there… Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.” – Proverbs 8:22-30.
That Jesus Christ is the first thing to be created by God is clearly revealed and stated categorically in the Holy Bible. He is referred to as “the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” – Revelation 3:14; compare chapter 1, verse 5.
In John 1:1-3, it is written: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” The “beginning” referred to here was that of God’s works of creation when the “Word” (Jesus Christ) was brought into existence. But God has no beginning. By the clause, “the Word was with God”, two distinct or separate personalities are implied; for “the Word” Jesus Christ, was then, “with God”, the Father. Just as it would sound incongruous to say that Mr. A was with Mr. A. so would it also sound unreasonable to say that “the Word” was “with God” if both of them are one and the same person.
What is confusing some people is the clause, “and the Word was God.” Indeed, Jesus Christ is a god. The word god comes from the Hebrew word elohim which means “a mighty or powerful one.” There are many gods both in the heavens and on earth, but the Creator of the universe is known as the God of gods and Lord of lords. (Deuteronomy 10:17; 1 Corinthians 8:5,6) Jesus Christ is called “The mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6). Even the devil is a god and St. Paul described him as “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). There is no contradiction, therefore when it is stated that the “Word was God”.
St. Paul wrote about Jesus Christ in this vein: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead: that in all things he might have the preeminence.” – Colossians 1:14-18.
It is clear from the foregoing that before Jesus Christ came to this world he had a pre-human existence. Yes, his birth on earth was not the beginning of his life. He was changed from a spirit being to an embryo and planted in the womb of the virgin Mary where he developed and was later born into this mundane world as a human being. This is what is meant by his incarnation – a term that is distinct from reincarnation. Concerning this wonderful transformation of great spiritual significance. St. Paul wrote: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” – Hebrews 2:14,15.
There is an overwhelming flood of evidence in the Holy Bible to show that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. When the angel Gabriel came to announce his birth to Mary, he told her among other things. “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” – Luke 1:35.
The divergence of views over the identity of Jesus Christ is not a new thing. He himself had occasion during his earthly ministry to ask his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” They replied: “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” And when he asked them whom they themselves said he was, “Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” There is no record to show that Jesus Christ disagreed with this answer. Rather, he confirmed it by saying: “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 16:13-17.
This knocks the bottom out of the argument that Jesus Christ never called himself the Son of God. And again, when he was arraigned before the Jewish Council during the trials that culminated in his condemnation and crucifixion., he was asked by the high priest to answer to the charges brought against him. “But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.” (Matthew 26:62,63). Out of the high regard he has for his Father in Whose name he was adjured Jesus replied: “Yes, it is as you say.” – verse 64, New International Version.
No other testimony can have greater weight on this issue than that of the Almighty God Himself. At the baptism of Jesus Christ, the Almighty Father declared: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17). This was further confirmed when God made the same declaration during the transfiguration of Jesus Christ to the hearing of Peter and others. (Matthew 17:5-6). To this St. Peter testified and stated: “For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.” – 2 Peter 1:17,18.
It must be pointed out, however, that the sonship of Jesus Christ is of an exclusive category and is unequalled. St. Paul in his letter to the Hebrews expatiated on this issue thus: “Long ago God spoke on many different ways to our fathers…but now in these days He had spoken to us through His Son…God’s Son shines out with God’s glory…He is the one who died to cleanse us and clear our record of all sin, and then sat down in highest honour beside the great God of heaven. Thus he became far greater than the angels, as proved by the fact that his name “Son of God”, which was passed on to him from his Father, is far greater than the names and titles of angels”. The apostle continued: “For God never said to any angel, “You are my Son, and today I have given you the honour that goes with that name.” But that is what God said about Jesus. Another time He said. “I am His Father and He is my Son…” – Hebrews 1:1-9. (The Living Bible)
An accurate knowledge and understanding of the sonship of Jesus Christ, coupled with belief in him, is the path to the attainment of salvation or everlasting life in his Father’s glorious Kingdom (John 17:3; Acts 4:10-12). And it is written: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:16-18.
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