One of the most difficult things for some people to hear is: “Jesus is the Son of God.”
Why is that? When some people hear that saying, or read it, they immediately think that Christians believe that God had sex with Mary and produced an offspring. That is quite a revolting idea. That is not what is written in the Bible and that is not what Christians believe.
The Bible teaches that there is only one God.
The Bible says:
“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
“But we know that there is only one God,” (1 Corinthians 8:6)
“For there is one God” (1 Timothy 2:5)
For anyone to claim that the Christians believe in more than one God is not a concept or idea or truth that is taught in the Bible. The Bible, as you can see for yourselves in the above 3 passages (of which there are many more) prove that the Bible says There is only One God.
But who is the Son of God?
We are going to limit our focus, discussion and proofs to the point: who is the Son of God?
First off, and most importantly, the Son of God is eternal – a Spirit being. Who really knows what God looks like in heaven? The Bible teaches that: “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). But we don’t know what God “looks” like, as we don’t know what it means to be Spirit. So we accept the mystery of God’s appearance, or His presence, by faith and believe that God exists and hears our prayers and can see us – even though we do not understand how He sees or how He hears. All we know is that God sees us and hear us His Holy Spirit. We believe that God hears us and sees us even though we do not understand how. This is why the Bible says:
“The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
The Son of God is Eternal
The Son of God is an eternal being – this is the essential, crucial and fundamental teaching of the Bible. The Son of God did not have a beginning nor did He have an end – the Son of God was not created because he is God.
We are going to look at a passage of Scripture found in the Letter to the Hebrews, also known as the Book of Hebrews. These Scriptures will prove that Jesus is the Eternal, Everlasting Son of God – we could call Jesus – the Lord God Jesus – who has no beginning and no end.
Jesus is the Eternal Son of God
Son of God does not refer to the humanity of Jesus Christ – it refers to His eternal deity. As is written in:
In Romans 9:5 we read: “Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.”
Now Christ is none other than Jesus Christ Himself. In Romans 9:5 God says that: “Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned”. That implies that Christ has another nature, not only a human nature, and Romans 9:5 goes on to say that Christ is “God, the one who rules over everything”. So we see that Christ has two natures: a human nature and a Divine or God nature. And the two became one in the man Jesus Christ.
We see also that Christ the Son of God is God in these following Scriptures:
“For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” (Colossians 2:9).
“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,” (Colossians 1:9).
Furthermore, we know that the Son of God is also God. It says in the Book of Hebrews:
“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son”. (Hebrews 1:1.
Explanation: God speak through His Son – but who is His Son?
“God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.” (Hebrews 1:2)
Explanation: God created the universe through the Son. We now know that the Son is equal to the Word of God, and to Christ because all 3 are said to have created the universe:
God created the universe through the Son:
“…and through the Son he created the universe.” (Hebrews 1:2).
God created the universe through the Word:
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” (John 1:1-3).
God created the universe through Christ:
“…He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” (Colossians 1:17).
The Son is God; the Word is God; and Christ is God. All refer to God the creator, just with different names.
Jesus the Son of God
Further in Hebrews we read more about the Son and the description and teaching that the Son is God:
“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. (Hebrews 1:3)
And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said, But to the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.” (Hebrews 1:8).
As shown from Hebrews chapter 1, the Son of God is God, the eternal creator of the universe.
The Jews knew that Jesus said He was God
Many people say that Jesus never said the three words “I am God”. They ask to show where in the Bible Jesus said those three words, in that order, in the English Language: “I am God”.
Well, nowhere in the Bible will you find where it says that Jesus used those three words, in that order, in the English language using the grammatical structure of the English language.
If you say to me that you will only believe that my name is Andrew if I say, “I am Andrew” and I say to you, “my name is Andrew” will you say that I am not Andrew? Of course not. I said I was Andrew, that I am Andrew, but I didn’t say it with the 3 words you wanted me to use. What if I said: “Andrew am I”, or “my name is what you said it was”. I am still saying that I am Andrew even though I am not using those 3 words.
It is the same with Jesus: He said He was God but He did not use those 3 words: “I am God.” Jesus said hundreds of times that He was God using different words; His disciples said and knew He was God; and the Bible over and over again says He is God. All you need to do is read the Bible.
I will provide 2 examples where Jesus said He was God but did not use the 3 word “I am God.”
When Jesus said to the Jews: “God is my Father” he was saying to them the He is the Son of God.
Jesus was talking to the Jewish religious leaders of His day. Then Jesus called God His father (which is the same as saying that Jesus was equal to God) and the Jews were ready to kill Jesus for blasphemy because Jesus called Himself God: “So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18).
Jesus tells Pontius Pilate that He is God
In Matthew chapter 26 Jesus has been arrested because of the jealousy of the Jewish religious leaders. They ask Jesus if He is the Messiah and He says that He is, then they say they are going to kill Him because He is saying that He is God:
“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?”
“Guilty!” they shouted. “He deserves to die!”