Is Jesus Really the Son of God?Written by Stephen Kingery
Is Jesus really Son of God? All Christian belief is based on fact that He is. But, if a non-believer were to question you on this fact, indeed to challenge you on it, could you respond in an intelligent manner? How do you know that Jesus is Son of God? It is true that we must have faith that Jesus is God's Son. However, in Acts 1:3 we see that Jesus presented Himself to His apostles after He was resurrected and demonstrated that He was alive "by many infallible proofs." The New Testament is full of examples of these proofs. Let's take a look a what Bible has to say in regards to deity of Jesus.
As we look closely at life and ministry of Jesus we can learn much about what attributes He had that demonstrate that He is God's Son. "In beginning was Word, and Word was with God, and Word was God. He was in beginning with God." (John 1:1,2) John clearly states at start of his gospel that Jesus was with God Father in beginning. When God was in process of creating heavens and earth, all plants and animals, and man, Jesus was with Him. One of attributes of God is that He is eternally existent. In other words, having no beginning and no ending. In this passage we see that Jesus also has this attribute of being eternally existent. It is further demonstrated in this passage: "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with glory which I had with You before world was." (John 17:5) Jesus said of Himself that He was with Father before creation.
We also know that God Father is without sin. So in order for Jesus to be truly God's Son, He too must be without sin. "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 5:14) Jesus, during His earthly life and ministry, was tempted with same temptations which we are. Yet He did not give in to temptations. He did not allow Himself to sin. I have heard people speak on this subject and marvel that He was able to do this. I personally don't feel that fact that Jesus was able to resist temptations is something to marvel about. After all, He is God. To Him, option to sin was simply not an option at all. There are many things about Jesus in which we should stand in awe. But if we believe that He is Son of God, then we should not be surprised when He acts like Son of God!
For Jesus to be Son of God, we would indeed expect Him to be without sin. We would also expect Him to have authority. Jesus tells us of His authority: "Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'" (Matthew 28:18) God has given His Son authority to redeem world for sin which is so prevalent. By His freely giving Himself to die on cross, He exercised that authority. By His resurrection we know that He also has power to enforce that authority over devil.
We see examples of His authority in other ways also. "'But that you may know that Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins' - He said to paralytic, 'I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go your way to your house.'" (Mark 2:10,11) The NIV renders word "power" as authority. So we see that Jesus demonstrated His authority by forgiving paralytic of his sins. The authority to forgive sin is reserved for God, and He gave His Son this authority as well.
Jesus demonstrated His authority by calming seas, casting out demons, turning water into wine, and raising dead. He is still demonstrating His authority even today. Have you ever seen a person give himself or herself to Christ and truly marvel at change that happened to them? I have. I have seen men, who could not complete a sentence without using Lord's name as a curse or interject other profane words, become a Christian and completely change their vocabulary. I have seen others, who were just right down mean, accept Christ and become a kind and gentle person. And I have seen still others, who appeared as though they thought whole world was against them, become a Christian and turn into a happy vibrant individual. This is just another way that we can know that Jesus is Son of God.
The Bible tells us of some of work that Jesus does, and we see that He is Son of God through this work. "God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to fathers by prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made worlds;" (Hebrews 1:1,2) This passage tells us that it was through Jesus that God "made worlds." Jesus was there when creation was going on and He had an active part in it. He is "heir of all things," or that all things have been given to Him. This is further emphasized in Colossians, "For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:16,17)
Another aspect which we shall consider is fact that Jesus will participate in punishing of those who do not follow His teachings. "...and to give you who are troubled rest with us when Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." (II Thessalonians 1:7,8) We mentioned earlier that Jesus has authority of all things on earth and in Heaven. Jesus will truly be exercising that authority on day of judgement. See also: (Revelation 3:16, 19:11-21).
In above passages we see that Jesus has been given authority and power by our Heavenly Father, and that He has and will exercise that authority. The Bible also tells us that Jesus has a "position" of authority. In our society, when someone has authority, we expect them to occupy a certain position. For example, a judge sets on judge's bench, a CEO of a corporation has a big elaborate office, President lives in White House, and so forth. So, does Jesus also occupy a place or position of authority? "And Jesus said, 'I am. And you will see Son of Man sitting at right hand of Power, and coming with clouds of heaven.'" (Mark 14:62) "But he, being full of Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw glory of God, and Jesus standing at right hand of God." (Acts 7:55) Jesus is at right hand of Father today, a position of authority from which He makes intercession for you and I. Isn't it great to know that our Savior is there and ready to make intercession for us when we stumble in our daily Christian walk.
How We Got The Holy BibleWritten by Stephen Kingery
Have you ever stopped to consider what Bible really is. For sure, it is word of God. But it is more than that. It is history, poetry, proverbs, parables, allegories, biography, correspondence, diaries, prophecy, and apocalyptic literature. But it is still more. From Genesis 1:1 all way through to last verse of Revelation there is a plan by which man can receive salvation and promise of God for eternal life with Jesus Christ. This plan is like a scarlet cord which runs all way through Old and New Testaments. But still, it is more. The Bible is God's love letter to mankind.
The Bible is most wonderful book in world, for it is truly Word of God. If I could only have one book, it would be Bible.
Throughout centuries many critics have tried to destroy Bible and its relevance to man. However, with God's protection it has withstood attacks of these unbelievers and remains world's best seller.
The Bible was written by forty different authors all inspired by God. These authors lived over a span of more than 1500 years, in thirteen different countries and three continents (Asia, Europe, and Africa). The original texts were written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. And these authors were called by God from a variety of different occupations: doctors, farmers, fishermen, kings, tax collectors, shepherds, and tent makers.
Even though Bible was actually written by so many individuals, over such a long period of time, in three languages and on three continents, it does not contain even one proven contradiction. On other hand, its historical accuracy has been confirmed time and time again by archaeological finds. These same archaeological discoveries have yet to prove one aspect of Bible incorrect. These facts point to infallibility of Bible and confirmation that it was inspired by God.
The Bible contains sixty-six books; thirty-nine in Old Testament and twenty-seven in New Testament. The Old Testament contains five books of law, twelve books of history, five books of poetry, and seventeen books of prophecy. The New Testament contains four biography books, one book of history, twenty-one epistles (or books of instruction on Christian living), and one book of prophecy.
Our first reaction may be one of amazement that this could actually be true. But when we stop to consider that it was God who orchestrated writing of His word, we should not be amazed that it has been preserved for us by Him. Remember, with God all things are possible.
So, how was Bible handed down to our generation? The men through whom God spoke to His people, did so in word and writing. God directed Moses to go to Mt. Sinai to receive law. Moses also learned of early history of world, creation, and nation of Israel. All these things Moses put in writing.
Later, such men as Joshua, Samuel, and Ezra would write history of Israel. They were guided by Holy Spirit so that their writings would be free from error. Also various prophets were called by God to preach to people of Israel. They preserved their messages in writing as directed by God. "Now it came to pass in fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from Lord, saying: 'Take a scroll of a book and write on it all words that I have spoken to you against Israel, against Judah, and against all nations, from day I spoke to you, from days of Josiah even to this day.'" (Jeremiah 36:1,2)
These books (or scrolls) were kept by people and used as instruction from God. If not during time they were written, then later after deaths of various writers. This is proven again in book of Jeremiah, chapter 26 as elders quoted from book of Micah to show that Jeremiah was correct. This was more than a century after Micah lived.
We know by reading New Testament that during time that Jesus was on earth Jews considered all of what we know as Old Testament to be authoritative. Jesus quoted from Psalms 118 and called it Scripture. (See Mark 12:10,11) Jesus also quoted many times from Prophets and Law.
The Jews had tremendous respect for manuscripts of Old Testament. When a manuscript became too old or fragile to use, with respect, Jews would burn manuscript. Because of this, for centuries oldest Old Testament manuscript was dated ninth century A.D. Many skeptics used this in an attempt to discredit Old Testament texts. They said with so many transcriptions over centuries, text would most certainly have to be filled with error. Then in 1947 Dead Sea Scrolls were found. These scrolls contained almost all texts of Old Testament. The scrolls were dated second century B.C., or about 1100 years before earliest manuscript of that time.