Quotes and Notes for the Day
WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST ? I
(Whose Son Is He?)
” While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, ‘ What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?’ They said unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto the, ‘ How then does David in spirit call him Lord, saying, ‘ The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies they footstool?’ If David then call him Lord, how is he son.” The unbelieving Jews did not want to answer that. Their answer was partially correct, and incomplete. He wanted them to see that while He was truly the son of David, He is also the Lord of David. While the Messiah was the descendant of David, He was also the divine Lord and the Divine Son of God.
Before the Lord Jesus walked on this earth, no one had ever seen or witnessed total perfection. But when He came out of that womb (born of the virgin Mary) and walked and lived among men for Thirty Three and a half years the world saw divine perfection incarnate in human flesh. It is true that believers are also the sons of God, as is declared in John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power (authority) to become the sons of God even to them that believe on his name.” But there is important distinction between believers as sons of God and Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ made that distinction Himself more clear. He indicated that God is His Father, in a way that is true of no other individual. In other words Christ spoke of His unique son-ship when He spoke of His relationship with His heavenly Father. Study of the Scriptures reveal that Christ never used the term ” Our Father” except in one occasion when the disciples asked Him ” Lord teach us to pray.” He said, ‘ Pray after this manner, ‘ Our Father……………“. Now even though this is commonly refereed to as ” The Lord’s Prayer“, it is actually the disciples prayer for forgiveness of sin. Our Lord needed no forgiveness of sin. In John 8:46, He challenged His hearers saying, “ which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth why do ye not believe me.?”
” For God so loved the World that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. How important is that phrase ” the only begotten Son“? The eternal destiny of humanity rests upon that phrase. If Jesus Christ is not the only begotten Son of God, then He has no power to save. The phrase ” only begotten”, holds the meaning of someone of the same kind, someone of the same nature, or the same source. It is an ethnic term that refers to the racial background, nationality or nation. So this phrase ” only begotten” means, the only one of its kind, completely different from all others. Totally unique, and uniquely different. There has never been like Him, and never will there be one like Him again.
That phrase refers to unoriginated relationship between God the Father and God the Son. Yes, the word ” begotten” here does not refer to an act of time but an eternal intimate relationship between two persons, the Father and the Son in the divine God Head. It is interesting that, in the Scripture the phrase ” only begotten” is found Five times. And it is used of Christ only as the Son of God in all five times by the apostle John.
1.John 1:14, ” And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” In this verses the phrase refers to Christ as the sole representation of the being and character of God. If anyone wants to know what God is like, all he has to do is stop and reflect in the person of Christ. One will find that the being of God perfectly represented, and perfectly portrayed in the person of Christ.
2.John 1:18, “No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” Here the phrase expresses the eternal union of the Father with the Son, and the love and intimacy always existed between them.
3. John 3:16, ” For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have an everlasting life.” Yes Christ is a gift to humanity, and to this sin cursed world. And the value and the greatness of this gift lay in His eternal Sonship. Jesus always was the Son of God. There never was a time when He was not. Here is where (sad to say) one of the great heresies of generation perpetrated with the misconception and corrupt interpretation of the Scripture. This verse does not at all mean that Christ became the only begotten Son at His incarnation as some teach. Christ did not start (originate) at Bethlehem in the virgin womb of Mary. He was, and He is and He ever will be the eternal Son of God.
4. John 3:18, ” He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” This phrase ” the Only begotten Son of God” is not a mystical formula, like the rosary, it is not like Hail Mary, or a ‘ thank you Jesus’ or ‘ bless you God’. That phrase refers the full revelation of the character of God and the will of God as conveyed in the name of the one who in this relationship is provided as the object of our faith.
5. 1st John 4:9, ” In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son, into the world, that we might live through him.” Here in this verse the apostle John is referring to the purpose of Christ’s earthly manifestation, that you and I might experience eternal life.
to be continued…………………………………………
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff