There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ is God. I believe in The Holy Trinity, One God and yet three persons. As I have already written a book this subject called “The Holy Trinity”, at this time I will only answer one common question that is asked concerning the deity of Jesus Christ. That question; how come we know Jesus Christ as the only begotten of the Father? To answer that question, let us first consider how come we are known as the sons of God?
Jesus Christ is known as The Son of God, and we, the born again believers in Jesus Christ are known as the sons of God. How come?
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the sky in Christ: 4 Just as He has chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. 7 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us highly favoured in the Beloved.
Before the foundation of the world, we (each individual lump of clay) were predestined to be adopted as sons of God. In Biblical language, to be adopted as a son, means to be legally recognized and declared by the father to be his son. In the ancient Jewish world a male child was considered to be a child and no different from a slave, until the time appointed by the father. At the appointed time, the father would take his male child and heir to a public place, and there in front of witnesses he would declare, “This my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” From that moment on the child was legally recognized as the father’s son.
Before God laid the foundation of the world, it was His intention that we would all be adopted as sons of God. But when we were born form out of our mother’s womb and into this world, we were not even considered to be children of God. God does not even give us the legal right to become his child, until we first choose to receive Jesus Christ and believe in His name. “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become the children of God” (John 1:12). Although believing, and having become heirs of God, we did not differ at all from a slave, until the time appointed by God our Father, when He would take us to a public place and declare, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” That public place is at our baptism into Christ. For it is there God’s Word declares us to be His sons. (Galatians 3:26 – 4:7)
Galatians 3:26 For you are all the sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
In order to legally become The Son of God; Jesus first had to become both a child and an heir of God. Then at the time appointed by God the Father, He was taken to a public place, His baptism, where God the Father declared, “You are My beloved Son in You I am well pleased (Luke 3:22).” It was then that Jesus Christ became the Only Begotten Son of God.
In II Samuel chapter 7 verses 11b to 16, the prophet Nathan prophesies concern the coming Messiah (Jesus Christ), which God would raise from the offspring of David to succeed David whose throne and kingdom God would establish forever.
The 1898 Young’s Literal Translation, translates verse 14 as. “I am to him for a Father, and He is to me for a son.”
The New King James Version translates verse 14 as. “I will be His Father, and he shall be My son.”
The overall content of the Old Testament Scriptures is such that I believe I can safely say; although God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have always existed as One God yet three persons, in the beginning they did not relate to each other as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. But for the purpose of the redemption of Mankind, God the Son submitted Himself to God the Father and took upon Himself the role of the Son of God. Then at His baptism, when God the Father declared over Jesus, “You are My beloved Son in You I am well pleased,” Jesus legally became the only begotten of God the Father.
Psalm 2:7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said unto Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’”
John writes “We have looked closely at His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14).
In John 1:14, it is the Greek word theaomai, (meaning, to see, to look closely at, to perceive) which is here translated as looked closely.
It is the Greek word hos, (meaning, as in that manner or as in like manner) which is here translated into the English word as.
It is the Greek word monogenes, (meaning only born or first born) which is here translated as begotten.
We are sons of God, not because we were born sons of God; but because God the Father looked closely at us and saw us as sons of God, and then declared us to be sons of God.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, not because He was the first born or only born of God, but because God the Father looked closely at Jesus and saw Him as His only begotten Son, and then declared Jesus to be His only begotten Son. God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit are all one God, yet three persons, all having no beginning and no end.
It is worth noting at this time, what we now call the Old Testament was the only Bible the early Church had. It wasn’t until those who had seen and known Jesus Christ in the flesh had become old in years that they began to write down what we now call The New Testament.
For this reason when the early church missionaries went out to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, it was The Old Testament they preached from and used to prove both the Holy Trinity and the divinity of Jesus Christ.
Those who attack our Christian beliefs in the divinity of Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity by attacking The New Testament writings, fail to see that the divinity of Jesus Christ and The Holy Trinity are both revealed us through The Old Testament writings.
In them is fulfilled the words God to us through Isaiah prophet.
Isaiah 6:9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘listen and hear, but do not understand; look and see, but do not perceive. 10 Make the heart of the people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and repent turn and are healed.”
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