God’s love

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.  

Conclusion

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! 

God has no favourites

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?    

Conclusion

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.’

How unbelievers prove that Jesus’ words are true

Today there are also many teachers of Scripture that deny the Jesus is the Son of God.

When we come to the Bible, we come to controversy.  Aspects like the Trinity, Jesus as the Son of God, the inspiration of Scripture, et cetera, are under attack.  Let us look at the Biblical example of Jesus and the Jewish leaders.

#  The Jewish leaders plotted to kill Jesus because He claimed that He is the Son of God.

They firmly believed Deuteronomy 6:4, ‘Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is one.’  So they were shocked when Jesus said, ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.’1  We read their reaction in John 5:18, ‘For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.’  Please note: not all the Jews hated Jesus.  Many followed Him.

#  The Jewish leaders could have proven that Jesus was not the Son of God.

  • As the omniscient Son of God, Jesus predicted how He would die, ‘From that time Jesus began to explain to HIs disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hand of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.’ 2
  • If the Jews could prove that Jesus’ predictions were false, then He could not be the Son of God or equal to God, but just a man who made wrong predictions.  His reputation would be destroyed.
  • Thus all the unbelieving Jews had to do was the opposite of what Jesus predicted: don’t kill Him, then He cannot be resurrected, and He cannot be the Son of God.  However, contrary to all logic, they did exactly what Jesus predicted.  They plotted and handed Him over to be killed. 3

# What are we saying?

The unbelieving Jews could not do the opposite of what the powerful God decreed about His Son.  If they did not hand Him over to be crucified, they would have proven Jesus is not the Son of God, but a liar and a fraud.   As such, Jesus would have disappeared from history and their problem was solved.  By doing exactly what Jesus foretold, they proved that Jesus is the Son of God.

Conclusion

Today, we live in exactly the same unbelieving times as Jesus did.  There are many teachers of Scripture that deny that Jesus is the Son of God.  They attack the Bible and deny it is the Word of God.  As a representative of the liberal theologians, we want to focus on Bart Ehrman.  He is a highly respected scholar at a theological college.  What does he say about especially the New Testament?

References

  1. John 5:17
  2. Matthew 16:21; 17:22; 20:17; Mark 8:31; Luke 18:31
  3. Matthew 26-28; Mark 15-16; Luke 22-24; John 18-20
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