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THE SON OF GOD

The Son Of God IN Creation

We read in the very first verse in the Bible, in Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The apostle John tells us that it was Jesus Christ who is the Creator. John, in the first few verses of the same gospel tells us that not only were all things made by Him but also that He Himself is God. Colossians 1:16 fully agrees with this: “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible”. We read the same in Hebrews 1:2 “ By Whom (the Son) also He (the Father) hath made the worlds”                            

THE Son OF God in The Old Testament                                                                                                                                       One of the early times in the Old Testament that we read of the appearance of the Lord Jesus is of the time he came to Abraham. Abraham was sitting in the opening of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing by him. Although he did not realize at the moment the three were God and two angels. In true oriental hospitality, Abraham finds the best calf in the lot , has his wife bake bread and serve them, standing by as a servant while they eat. In parts ofEast Africathey still have this custom. He would be a thoughtless host who did not place a container of salt on the table and he would be an ungrateful guest who did not take the salt. It’s interesting that God had dinner with Abraham and that three times in the Bible Abraham is called the friend of God. More on the salt in another article. According to John 15:14 all can be His friend today and we see in Revelation 3:20 that everyone is welcome to eat with Him. Some two thousand years later Jesus said something to the affect that he had seen Abraham. The Jews respond by pointing out that he is not even fifty years old and “hast thou seen Abraham”? He in turn tells the+m “ before Abraham was I AM” No one inIsraelever called himself  “ I Am”. Only to God, the everlasting One without beginning or end could this title be applied.

Even before this time, Jesus Christ appeared to Moses at the burning bush. Moses, afraid of Pharaoh feared God more. As we see in Hebrews 11:24-27 his actions were based, not on his fear of the ruler ofEgyptbut on his fear of God. When Moses came near to the burning bush God spoke to him, telling him that as the place was holy ground he must take his shoes from off his feet. The voice continued: I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, The God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. God then tells a reluctant Moses that He is sending him toEgypt. Moses, thinking up several excuses tells God that the Israelites will want to know who sent him. God said to tell them that the name of the one who sent him is; I AM THAT I AM. God tells Moses: I Am from everlasting, am now and always will be. Some two thousand years later the Israelites ask Jesus the same question in John 8:25: Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. The Pharisees, well versed in the Old Testament, would know that he was referring to the time that God first revealed Himself to their great prophet Moses, especially as he was being sent to bring the children ofIsraelout ofEgyptand the nation ofIsraelwould have it’s beginning. Again Jesus leaves no doubt of Whom He is. In John 8:24 told the Pharisees that if they did not believe that He was the Son of God that they would die in their sins and be forever lost. In verse 25 they ask Him again who he was. He answers; even the same that I said unto you at the beginning. He had already said to them (through their prophet Moses, at the beginning): “ I AM THAT I AM”.

There is one time where we see an appearance of God in the temple. This is found in Isaiah 6. Isaiah has a vision of God in all His greatness and glory. Here Isaiah sees the God of Israel seated on a throne. Above the throne are a high order of angels called the seraphim. Each one had six wings, two of which covered his face, two his feet and with two he flew. The picture here is not only that of speed but also more that of great reverence as the angels are in the presence of God. It is for this reason that they are saying one to another: Holy , holy , holy is the LORD of host: the whole earth is full of His glory.  Isaiah, standing here in the presence of the sinless angels and seeing their attitude, (wanting to hide themselves from God) suddenly sees himself as a sinful man in the presence of an absolutely sinless Judge. He sees not only that he is a sinful man but sees clearly areas in his life that are definitely unholy. If the sinless angels wished to hide themselves from God, how much more did Isaiah. Here he is thinking of his bad language as he says: “I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts”. Have you ever noticed that nominal Christians often  use a lot of what might be called barn yard language? At this time one of the seraphim, taking with the tongs a live coal from the altar, lays it on Isaiah’s mouth saying, “ Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged”.  In verse 9 Isaiah hears the LORD Himself speaking (when a seraphim spoke the post of the door moved. How much more when the Almighty  utters His voice): The LORD is asking whom He can send to the children ofIsraeland Isaiah volunteers. This vision is found in Isaiah 6, a short chapter of only thirteen verses.

This incident is spoken of in John 12:36-41. In verse 36 we are told plainly that it is Jesus Who is spoken of. Verse 37 tells us that although Jesus had done so many miracles before them they still did not believe in Him. The next few verse refer back to Isaiah 6 where Isaiah is told by the One seated upon the throne that he would be going to a people who would not understand him. This was even true of  the Lord Jesus when He not only taught them but proved His words by His miracles. Finally, in verse 41 John assures us that it was Jesus and His glory that Isaiah saw.

One day the Pharisees were very displeased when they heard the children in the temple shouting: “Hosanna to the Son of David”. They knew that the Son of David would be the promised Messiah. What is Jesus response? “ More then that”. He tells them that He is not only the Son of David but he is very God. He then quotes from Psalm 8 which the Pharisees themselves would recognize as praise to God. Jesus points out that as the children were praising God then, so they are doing now, again claiming to be God. Psalm 8 gives the four steps, referring to mankind in general. We are told in verse 5 that man was created a little lower then the angels. Hebrews 2 quotes this same passage but here applies it to Jesus (see verse 9).

 

FROM THE CROSS TO THE CROWN  (Con’t from the Son of God)

The Son Of God Upon The Earth

Psalm 8:4 and 5a, talking of mankind reads: ”What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that Thou visitest him?  For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor”.  The writer of Hebrews picks up this thought and applies it to the Lord Jesus.  In Hebrews 2:9, after quoting the verse in Psalm 8 adds: “But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels”.

We must keep in mind that He is Himself the Son of God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, creator of all things visible and invisible; the One Moses saw at the burning bush, the One Isaiah saw in his vision in the temple; ”high and lifted up”; the One Who gave the law on Mt Sinai and came down in fire as we read especially in Psalm 68:8:”The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel”.  Jesus also tells the two in Luke 24:27 that the Old Testament spoke of Him.

It must be emphasized that it was the Lord Jesus Who was the God of the Old Testament and that as God he became man.  This is very important. Jesus told them: If ye believe not that I Am He, ye shall die in your sins”. They question Him again and He says again: “I AM THAT I AM” referring back to the time at the burning bush.   In Acts 8:36-38 we see that the Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized after he acknowledged that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.

When the Son of God became man the first part of the prophecy in Psalm 8 was fulfilled and Jesus became a man and entered the time of His humiliation.  During His time on earth Jesus:

Was born in a stable and lived a life of poverty

Was subject to His parents

Was under the law and paid the penalty for our sins

Jesus did more for us than die on the cross for our sins.   He did so, of course. We see in I Peter2;24: ”Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we , being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness”.  All my sins are paid for.   It is as if I had never sinned.  This is, no doubt, of eternal value.  But He also lived a perfect life which is credited to my account and I stand perfect and sinless before God.  There is one more thing.  If you are honest you will have to admit that not only was your conduct imperfect but the same could be said of your repentance.   Is anyone fully satisfied that his repentance was truly genuine?   Read carefully Matthew3:11-15.  Even this Jesus did for me.   He who knew no sin took on our sin, went through the waters of repentance on our behalf and perfectly repented for the sins of all mankind.

This is certainly impossible to grasp.  It is now believed that there are some six trillion stars.  (I should perhaps say six thousands of billions because there might just be readers with small minds who cannot imagine six trillions).  Isaiah tells us that God measures the heavens with a span which anyone with a doctors degree in mathematics and one in physics knows is about nine inches.  Isaiah also tells us that God names each star.  All these things are impossible to imagine, plus the fact that God never had a beginning and never will have an end. Then we think of the universe. No matter how big it is there is endless dark beyond.  Is God there, too?  Some people say they don’t understand

God.  Do they really expect to?   Great is the mystery of godliness:I Timothy 3:16

It seems that the mystery increases as we read Colossians  1:9: For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the godhead bodily.  How is it possible that One so great could become a man?

We are left with no doubt that he is the Son of God.  But we see in the gospels that He is also truly man.  He faced all the horrors of the cross alone as a man.  So much so that He cried out: “Why hast Thou forsaken Me”.

There are many places in the gospels where we see His divinity spoken of.  One of these is in John 5:18-47.  Jesus had just told the Jews that He was the Son of God and they immediately saw that He was making Himself equal with God, which He did not deny.  We also read in verse 16 and 18 that they wanted to kill Him.  In verses 19-30 Jesus not only affirms that he is the Son of God  but gives several proofs.  In verses 19 and 20 He tells the Jews that He has seen God, the Father and again claims that He is the Son of God.  In verse 21, Jesus claims for Himself the power to raise the dead and in verses 22 and 27 He claims that all judgment would be His.   The Jews would know that Abraham, in Genesis 17:25 called God the judge of all the earth.  In verse 23 Jesus claims that all honor to the Father must also be to Him  and in 25-29 that Jesus had in Himself the power to raise the dead, both spiritual and physical.   Paul also affirms this in Acts 17:3”Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man  hath ordained”.

In the following verses Jesus points out five witnesses that testify to the truth of that which He is claiming.  They are:

1=John the Baptist.  He was the forerunner and pointed to Christ as the Lamb of God Who would take away the sin of the world. Isaiah said the same in  Isaiah 52:15. 

2=His miracles;  We see in John 3:2 that the Pharisees saw the importance of this. `            Jesus wanted these Jews to make right choices.  Their time on earth was nothing compared to eternity.  Satan or his ministers would never say the things to them th

 

3=The Father.  The Jews had heard the voice of God in Matthew 3:17 when Jesus was baptized; ¨This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased”.

4=The Scriptures.   They had only the Old Testament but for the true believer this was sufficient.

5=Moses.  Their great prophet

The Jews were enemies of Jesus and they saw themselves as such.  What was their original purpose?  We see this plainly in verses 16 and 18.   Their purpose in the debate was to prove Him wrong and to justify themselves in their evil designs.  But what did  Jesus have in mind?   Again, remember, they wanted to kill Him.  But what is his desire during all this time?  We read this very clearly in verse 34:”but these thing I say , that ye might be saved”.   While they are intent on His death, determined to kill Him, He desires their eternal welfare.  This was Jesus purpose in coming into the world. In I John 4:14 we read that the Father sent the son to be the Saviour of the world. We see in this passage that Jesus perfectly understood and perfectly obeyed His Father.  The sane is in John 3:18: “For God sent not His Son Into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved” For on this see Matthew 23.  Several times Jesus pronounces woes against the Pharisees To pick out just one, in  verse 14 He berates them because of their robbing widow’s houses.   They had a legal way of doing so.  They would sell some desperate widow at a cheap price but charge a monthly fee they knew she could not meet; take away her home and sell to some other widow.  Now Satan would tell them that all was perfectly legal and after all, they had to take care of number one.  Then too, if the widow took care of things like they did, she wouldn’t be in this fix.

Satan would tell them that they were doing the right thing; to continue to enjoy life and take them to hell in the end.  The Pharisees would follow these false prophets.  They were such nice people,  much nicer than this preacher from Galilee Who  forgot to be politically correct at times.  There is an example of this at present.  Hurricane Irene has just devastated many places along the East coast, includingNew Jersey.   The Governor of the state demands thatWashingtongive them the help they need and “don’t tell us now that you’re broke”. Is it really kinder to give the people everything they wanted and have no money now to help those in real need?  Jesus wanted these Jews to make the right choices. Their time on earth was nothing compared to eternity.

The Glorified Son Of God

We come now to the second part of Psalm 8:5 The Lord Jesus returned to heaven.  His  purpose in coming to earth was, as we read in I John 4:14 to be the Savior of the world.  John the Baptist pointed Him out in John 1:29 as the Lamb of  God Who takes away the sin of the world.  He did many other things , but His greatest purpose in coming into the world was to die for us and to pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind.   This He did and is now at the Father’s right hand seated on the throne.  We read of this in Psalm 24:9 and 10:Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of  glory will come in.  Who is this King of glory?  The Lord if hosts, He is the King of glory. He has gone through His time of humiliation on earth and could say: ”I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do:John17:4.   It is His time of glory. The Lord is not only back where He was (John 17:5) but is now far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:Ephesians1;21. He has now inherited all things.   All powerr and authority  in heaven and earth is His and before Him every  knee shall bow.  For this read Isaiah 45:22 and 23; Philippians 2:6-10; and Matthew 28:18.

As the Lord Jesus took the steps of Psalm 8, so must thechurchofChrist  .Great was His reward and great will be our reward if we follow His example.  Are the great cathedrals an indication that we want our glory now and glory then?  What of the money spent on churches and grounds today while missions are begging for money; and not only some very worthy causes but the poor as well.  There may be a deeper problem here. Is the church today making a distinction between the church andIsrael?   I know that the Catholic, Orthodox and much of the Protestant church teach that the church has replacedIsrael. Israelbuilt a beautiful temple to the glory of God.  ForIsraelit was glory now (entering the land of rest, God’s chosen people, Solomon’s glory, the temple, etc). and glory later (David’s Son would reign,Israelwould be the head of the nations)  Not so for the church: only glory later.

THE LORD OF GLORY

When Jesus walked on earth His graciousness was often seen.  The apostle John

tells us in First John, speaking of Christ that he had not only seen Christ but had

touched Him.  One time the disciples were surprised when He asked; ”Who touched Me”,

when the entire crowd was jostling Him.  John leaned on Jesus when they were eating.

But even then they knew Who He was and called him Master and Lord. When  the same

apostle saw the risen and glorified Lord in heaven he fell at His feet in a dead faint.

John saw that, not only did this Jesus love him; he also saw Him as Isaiah did when

the sinless seraphim said: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD.  Even while on earth the apostle

Peter said; Depart from me for am a sinful man, Not only did the Lord Jesus  earn for me eternal life, save me from my sin and is my Savior but is also Lord and expects my obedience and will someday judge me on this basis.  Paul wrote that Christ died for the ungodly, but also wrote that we must someday stand before the judgment seat of Christ

 

How Can I Know That I Will Get to Heaven

In  the first chapter of Ephesians we read of Jesus Christ that when He ascended to heaven that He was given a throne far above principalities, powers, might and dominion at the right hand of the Father.  The following chapter (and Ephesians 1:19) tells us that all the risen saints will be seated together with Him.  The all important question comes up.  How can I be sure that I will be there?  The first thing I must remember is that God is absolutely truthful.  In John 1:12 we read; Behold, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.  Now, if Jesus died for all, then I am included.  All that God asks of me is that I believe Him and accept His free gift. Read John 1:12.  At the moment I receive Christ I also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  

,Remember that the Holy Spirit will always promote the Lord Jesus as the Son Of God.

The Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized when he acknowledged that Jesus Christ was the Son of God: Acts 8:36-38.  This is in the King James Version. Note that the NIV leaves out the words “Son of God”.  Perhaps they did not themselves see that they were setting a dangerous precedent, but Satan did and he was guiding their hand.  One of the last Bibles to come out is the Message Bible, loved and read by many evangelicals. This Bible not only leaves out the words “son of God” but goes out of the way to belittle Him as less than the real Christ.   In the KJV, the last two verses of Revelation call Him :”the Lord Jesus Christ”  In the NIV He is called “the Lord Jesus”.  In the Message Bible He is called “Master Jesus” .The “Master Jesus” is not the real Christ but a disciple under the real Christ, according the New Agers, of Whom the author of the Message Bible is one.

            There is one more thing.  Josiah was the best and most godly king thatJudahever had.  Did it make him less of a king because he was David’s Son? But Jesus is the Son of God.

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Written by biblestruth

October 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

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