Jesus Son of God
Jesus “Son of God” – Is that possible?
The expression “son of” does not always refer to the child of a man and a woman. Jesus called two of His disciples sons of thunder. And He told some self-righteous Jews that their father was the devil. Jesus didn’t mean that thunder or the devil had slept with women. Likewise, devout Jews of Jesus’ day sometimes called God their “father,” but they never dreamed that implied God had slept with their mother. Some languages even today use the expression “son of” to describe a person’s character.
What about Jesus? Did He claim to be “the son of God”? Yes. On that Jesus was very clear. Note this important section from the Gospel of Luke.
“Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’ ‘We are not stoning you for any good work,’ they replied, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your Law, “I have said you are ‘gods’”? If he called them “gods,’’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, “I am God’s Son”? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father” (John 10:31-38).
Jesus “Son of God” – How was Jesus God’s “son”?
How was Jesus the Son of God? Here are some ways.
- In a general sense, the Bible speaks of God as the “father” of everyone, for He created the world and all that is in it. So in that sense we are all God’s “children.”
- But Jesus was special. Aside from the first man, Adam, whom God made from earth, Jesus is the only human being to not have an earthly father. His mother conceived as a virgin. That may be hard for us to believe or understand, but it was hard for Mary too (Luke 1:26-38). Even when Jesus had grown up, gossip and slander apparently continued about His mother, namely, that she was an immoral woman and that Jesus was the offspring of her fornication (John 8:41).
- No informed Christian believes that God slept with Mary, and clearly, the Bible does not teach it. It should never be made a point of debate, and attempts to do so are either foolish or ill-intended.
- In the passage cited above (John 10:31-38), Jesus said that He had been “sent into the world.” He came from God, not from a human father. He came to this world, not from this world. That’s true of no one else.
Those are excellent questions, and we’ll address them in the next section: “How can Jesus be divine? How can Jesus be God ?” Learn More!
Compliments of Scott Munger, PhD, Biblica, All rights reserved in the original.
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