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CLAIMS OF DIVINITY
...the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father....
The Bible makes many claims to the effect that Christ is divine; it asserts and teaches His divinity or, still more accurately, His deity. The first evidence is that certain names are ascribed to Him, each of which clearly implies His deity. Here are some of them. He is described as the "Son of God" forty times; He is referred to as "his Son" (God's Son); God refers to Him audibly as "my Son." So there, in various forms, is that title "Son," "Son of God."
Then five times He is also referred to as the "only begotten Son of God." You find it in John 1:18 ("...the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father"), and there are many others. A notable one is the Parable of the Wicked Husbandman, when God says, "They will reverence my son" (Matthew 21:37). The teaching there is perfectly clear--the words are uttered by our Lord Himself.
He is described in Revelation 1 as "the first and the last," and in the same chapter as "the Alpha and Omega," the beginning and the end. These are obviously terms of deity; there is nothing before the beginning and nothing after the end. Then Peter, preaching in Jerusalem--you will find it recorded in Acts 3:14--refers to Him as "the Holy One": "But ye denied the Holy One and the Just." Again, these are terms of deity.
Then He is actually referred to as "God." Thomas says, "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28). He is also described as "Emmanuel...God with us" in Matthew 1:23; and there is a most remarkable statement in Titus 2:13 where He is referred to as our "great God and our Savior Jesus Christ." So there you have a number of names that are ascribed to Him, all of which are divine names.
A Thought to Ponder
Certain names are ascribed to Him, each of which clearly implies His deity.
From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 266-267.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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