Jesus Is The Son of God (Part 2)

Today’s Lesson

Read 1 Chronicles 17:11-15, Psalm 2:7, Matthew 26:63, and Hebrews 1:1-2

Jesus is the Son of God. What does that mean? How can God have a Son?

In the Bible, Son of God is a title for the Messiah, or the Christ (which words mean anointed). God promised David that one of his descedants would rule forever and be a son to God (1 Chronicles 17:11-15). But how can anyone be a son to God?

Kings usually pass on their kingdom to their children, especially their firstborn son. According to Daniel 7:13-14, God will pass His kingdom unto the Messiah. In this sense, the Messiah is the heir of God, though God lives forever and does not die (Hebrews 1:1-2).

It is in this sense that Jesus is the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15): Jesus was not created, but as The Creator of all things, He has the right to rule over them. Moreover, Jesus is also the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18): not because He was the first one to resurrect, but because He rules over all mortals (all human beings) though He himself became a mortal.

In conclusion, that Jesus is The Son of God means that He, as the Messiah, will rule in human form from Zion over all the nations of the world (Psalm 2:7, Daniel 7:13-14).

Questions for Reflection

  1. Why is Jesus does Jesus have the right to rule over all creation?
  2. Do you recognize Jesus as God’s heir, King of Kings, and king of your heart?
  3. The Bible teaches in Genesis 1:1 that God created all things. In Colossians 1:15, the Bible also teaches that Jesus created all things. How can both Genesis 1:1 and Colossians 1:15 be true?

Sample Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you are God heir. You are God’s Son! You are the one whom God has anointed as King over Earth, humanity, and all His creations, for all eternity! May I live forevoere in your kingdom, redeemed by your sacrifice, forgiven by your mercy and grace. Be thou the king of my heart today and forever. Amen!

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Other Posts and Writings

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God

  1. God Is Eternal
  2. God Does Not Change
  3. God Is All Powerful
  4. God Is A Spirit
  5. God Is Sovereign
  6. God Is Righteous
  7. God Is Holy
  8. God Is Just
  9. God Is Merciful
  10. God Is Love
  11. God Is Complex

Jesus

  1. Jesus Is The Word of God
  2. Jesus Is The Angel of The Lord
  3. Jesus Is The Brightness of God’s Glory
  4. Jesus Is The Son of God (Part 1)

Values

  1. Faith and Certainty

Other Writings

Is Jesus the Messiah?

The Identity of God’s Servant in Isaiah 53Did The Tanach Promise a Divine Messiah?If God Is Not A Man, Can He Become One?

Reflections on The Trinity

The Trinity: Is Jesus God?To Whom Was God Talking in Genesis 1:26?

Unconditional Election

Is Jacob’s Election A Sample of Unconditional Election?God Hated Esau? What’s up with That!Romans 9:14-16 and Unconditional ElectionRomans 9:17 and The Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart

Christian Living

Thinking about Equality and PeaceThinking about Self-EsteemWhat Does The Bible Really Say about Divorce and Remarriage?Why Does God Allow Pain in My Life?

Jesus Is The Son of God (Part 1)

Today’s Lesson

Read Luke 1:31-35, Luke 3:38, Genesis 1:1-2, Genesis 1:26, and John 8:58

Jesus is the Son of God. What does that mean? How can God have a Son?

That Jesus is the Son of God does not mean that Jesus is the product of a sexual encounter between God and Mary. Unfortuntely, people who practice other religions sometimes believe this is what we Christians mean when we call Jesus Son of God: but that is not what we mean.

When the angel delivered the news to Mary that she would conceive a male child in her womb, he said that the child would be called the Son of God because the Spirit of God and the power of God would produce the child in Mary’s womb.

The Holy Spirit was involved in the creation of the world back in Genesis 1:2, and in the creation of the first man (Genesis 2).  In the same book of Luke, where Jesus is given the title of Son of God, the first man (Adam) is also called son of God (Luke 3:38).

In what way was Adam the Son of God? Adam was the Son of God in the sense that he was directly created by God. God made Adam in the image of God, and the Holy Spirit was involved, for God says, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26, KJV).

One thing we mean when we call Jesus The Son of God is that the Holy Spirit created the human body of Jesus in the womb of Mary while Marya was a virgin. I say “the human body of Jesus” because we believe that Jesus existed from all eternity before he was born as a human.

Moreover, the angel called Jesus a holy thing. Therefore, we deny that there was any sort of sexual relationship in the conception of Jesus.

Now, there are two more ways in which Jesus is the Son of God. I plan to write about those in my next posts.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Did Jesus begin to exist when he was conceived in Mary’s womb?
  2. What was the role of the Holy Spirit during creation and during the conception of Jesus?
  3. Do you believe Jesus was born of a virgin?
  4. Why is it important for us Christians to understand what it means that Jesus is The Son of God?
  5. In what other ways do you believe Jesus is The Son of God?

Sample Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. I believe that you were born of a virgin. Just as God created the heavens, the Earth, and the first human, God created your physical body in the womb of Mary while she was a virgin. I also believe that you, Lord Jesus, have existed for all eternity, before you were ever born as a human being. You are the same yesterday, today, and forevoer! Amen.

I praise your, Lord, for all the amazing things you do.

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God Is A Spirit

Read

John 4:24

God is by nature a spirit, not an organism made of matter. In both Classical Hebrew and Koiné, the word spirit refers to wind or breath. This, however, does not mean that God is air, but that He is transcendent: His being consists of something that is beyond what is physical, beyond what we can see or touch (Job 23:9; John 3:6,12).

This transcendence of God is logical. If God created the heavens, the earth, and the waters (Genesis 1:1-2); that is, if He created the universe, with all its matter, energy, time, and space; then God’s nature must be transcendent because He exists and lives without needing any of these (for He existed and lived prior to these).

Moreover, we ought to keep in mind that although the Bible tells us other spirit beings exist (Colossians 1:16), God also transcends them: God created them, and they do not share all His attributes (inherently eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, etc.). Thus, God is unique, and He alone is God.

Ponder

How does science define life, and does this scientific definition apply to God or not?

Read Genesis 1:26-27. How are we human beings both like God and different from God?

The Bible tells us that other spirit beings exist. What do you know about them? How are they both like God and unlike Him?

Why is God alone worthy of our worship, and why are these other spirit beings not worthy of our worship?

Pray

God, my God, you are transcendent, you are a spirit, you are wonderful! In all the universe, and in Heaven itself, there is none like you–you alone are God!

You are my God, and you alone I worship. You are my God, and in you alone I trust. You are my Creator, my Maker, my King, and my Redeemer.

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God Is All Powerful

Read

Luke 1:37

Reflect

In a single year (2016), the U.S. used a total of 3,902,000,000,000 kilowatt hours, that is 3,902 billion kilowatt hours. That is a lot of power! Nevertheless, it does not compare to the amount of power produced by the Sun in one second: 38,460 septillion watts! That is, 38,460, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 watts.

Now, the Sun is only one star of many. Just how many? Some scientists estimate a total of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe.
Going by these numbers, how much power do all these stars produce in a year? And how much power have they produced in the time they have been? These numbers truly defy imagination!

And yet, the Bible tells us that God created all these stars (Genesis 1:16) and that He maintains all of them in existence by his power (Hebrews 1:13). How powerful God must be! He truly is all powerful!

Ponder

Close your eyes and picture a star. Do you see the star in your mind? Picture now a second star? Keep adding stars in your mind without losing a clear picture of them all.

Can you picture septillion stars?

What other works or miracles has God done, and how do these make His power seem even greater than the existence of the stars does?

What other verses of the Bible would you have used to prove that God is all powerful?

Some people challenge God’s omnipotence by stating God cannot lie or create another god greater than Himself. Are these challenges legitimate? Do they really limit God’s power?

How can we appropriately respond and relate to God’s overwhelming power?

Pray

God, Father, how much your power surpasses understanding! When I think about such power, I can only picture myself like a drop of water falling into the sun—I am consumed before ever reaching the surface. Who will not fear you? Who will not tremble before you? Who will not worship you? Anyone who does not bow before you will be like that drop of water.

Nevertheless, you invite me, through the grace of your Son Jesus Christ, to behold your glory, to come close to you, and to praise you for all eternity! How great and wonderful you are!

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God Is Eternal

Read

Psalm 90:2.

Reflect

God created the heavens, the earth, the oceans, and every living creature in them, including human beings. God created the stars, the galaxies, the universe, and all reality. Even time is God’s creation.

God existed long before He created any of them, and God will continue to exist long after they are gone: for there never was a time when God did not exist, nor will there ever be a time when God does not exist. God exists from eternity unto eternity.

God is eternal. For this reason, time is relative to Him: a thousand years are to Him like a day, or even like a fraction of a night. God is not subject to time.

Ponder

  • Why should God’s eternity cause us to feel awe before Him?
  • Why should God’s eternity motivate us to trust in God?
  • Does it make sense to believe that God had not beginning?

Pray

Lord, I am filled with fear and wonder when I reflect that you are eternal. I am not eternal, and nothing in nature is eternal; but you, Lord, are eternal (you alone!). I praise you for who you are, and I humble myself before you to worship you. I am encouraged to put my trust in you, who lives forever.

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