How important is what we believe about God? Is Jesus really God?
The triune nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one of the most important concepts of the Christian faith. Scholar Ron Rhodes explains that the term ‘Son of God’ is in itself evidence for the Deity of Jesus Christ.
“It is true that the term can refer to the offspring of another, but the more important meaning in this case is that it means ‘of the order of.’”
In the Bible, ‘sons of the prophets’ meant prophet, and ‘son of the singers’ meant singer.
“Likewise, the term ‘Son of God’ among the ancients meant ‘of the order of God.’ In other words, the very phrase ‘Son of God’ indicated that Jesus had the same nature and quality of being as God.”
This explains why the Jews wanted to kill Jesus when he claimed to be the Son of God. They knew He was claiming to be more than just the offspring of God Himself.
Ron also believes that the sonship of Jesus Christ is eternal.
“If there was a time when the Son was not the Son, than there was a time when the Father was not the Father.”
Before Jesus even came to earth, He was the Son of God and by Him, all things were made.
Perhaps the most striking evidence for the deity of Jesus Christ is found in John’s Gospel when Jesus says,
“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins.” John 8:24
According to Ron, the original Greek translation reads, “Unless you believe that I Am, you will die in your sins.”
“In other words, he’s pointing back to the name of God in Exodus 3:14 where God reveals to Moses that His name is I Am.”
Jesus is saying that if we do not believe that He is one with the Father, our interpretation is flawed.
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