Most people who know God personally, know He is a God of integrity.
- ‘God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfil?’ Numbers 23:19
- ‘…God, who does not lie….’ Titus 1:2
It is also written,
- ‘This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.’ 1 John 4: 10
- ‘This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.’ 1 John 4:9
It is remarkable that God repeats twice that He sent His Son. To become a man and die for us. Why? Because He loves us. What a miracle, what a wonderful act of love from God.
There are those who believe God took a man and made him the son. There is a deeper issue at stake – God’s love. How did God demonstrate His love for us? He sent His Son on our behalf. To make somebody the Son of God is not an act of love from God’s side.
We prefer the Bible version: God loved us so much that He gave His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. We can only become part of the Kingdom of light when we believe and accept that. What a wonderful God and King we have!
There are people who claim that Jesus was an ordinary human being whom God ‘elevated’ to be the Son (capitol S) of God. If it is true that Jesus was an ordinary human whom God deified, then we have a very serious issue with God’s integrity. Favouring one specific ‘human’ being would be a charge against His holy character:
1. God has no favourites.
- ‘For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.’ Deuteronomy 10:17
- “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.’” Acts 10:34
- ‘For God does not show favouritism.’ Romans 2:11
2. Favouritism destroys good governance
God’s governance demands no favouritism. Favouritism is, was and will be the scourge of human governments. That is not God’s way. He knows favouritism demands extra gifts, extra treatment, extra protection, et cetera. That is unfair to the ‘ordinary’ citizens.
3. God is a just God.
- ‘…He will govern the peoples with justice.’ Psalm 9:8b
- ‘It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.’ Job 34:12
4. God treats all people the same.
- ‘He repays a man for what he has done; He brings upon him what his conduct deserves.’ Job 34:11
- ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to what his deeds deserve.’ Jeremiah 17:10
- ‘God will give to each person according to what he has done.’ Romans 2:6
- ‘The dead were judged according to what they had dome as recorded in the books.’ Revelation 20:12b
Why would God then single out one person to become the divine Son of God? Does it mean that person is excluded from Judgment?
Jesus was not a man who became God, but God the Word who became the Son of Man for a very specific purpose to enable people to become children of God. Jesus came down, and went up again. He was not ‘down’ and was then ‘elevated.’
In this blog we want to give attention to one of the statements in the comment of the Belgian Biblestudents on the blog, ‘Who is Jesus?’ They declare that, ’Clearly all those Bible text giving clarity that Jesus is another being than God.’
We do not agree. According to our understanding, God the Father endorses that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of Man, is fully God and part of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Let us explain,
# Scripture is quite clear that God is the highest authority in the universe. That means what He says, goes. It can be accepted as the truth. The following verses show God’s supremacy.
- ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator [‘Possessor’ in some translations] of heaven and earth.’ Genesis 14:19
- ‘You [God] alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.’ Nehemiah 9:6
- ‘…God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise.’ Psalm 47:7
- ‘But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King.’ Jeremiah 10:10
- ‘Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!’ Revelation 7:12
# As the above verses show, God is the highest authority in the universe. All of creation belongs to Him. What did He say about Jesus?
- “But about the Son He [God] says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the sceptre of your Kingdom.’” Hebrews 1:8
- “He [God] also says, ‘In the beginning, O Lord [Jesus Christ], you laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands….’ Hebrews 1:10
God, the highest authority in the universe, calls Jesus ‘God,’ and ‘Lord.’
To be continued.