DEITY OF JESUS.
is hardly a page of Scriptures which unbelief, often parading under the
science and truth, has not touched and soiled with blasphemous hands.
other doctrine has so challenged the most desperate efforts of
inside and outside of the Church than that of the person and office of
The question of Jesus: "What think ye of Christ, whose Son is He?"
Matt. 22, 42, important at all times since the Gospel was first
become a touchstone in our days; for by their answer to this question
themselves with the friends or with the enemies of the Church of God in
sense of the term.
it will not be necessary to do more than merely refer to the fact that
decades ago the very historicity of Jesus was questioned, and that some
so-called Bible critics to this day do not hesitate to speak of a
theory of Jesus. "They assure us that in the gospels we have not got
'tradition of a personality.' Jesus, the central figure, never existed
but was a purely mythical personage."6) We refer to this in the same
that we would register the idea of some mentally deranged person that
existence of the sun.
more dangerous are such critics that assume a sanctimonious attitude
and act as
though they were firm believers in the Bible and all its doctrines,
while, as a
matter of fact, they are undermining the very foundations of Christian
their insidious attacks upon Christ, the Savior of the world. It is by
these that Jesus is represented merely as a leader in social progress,
"supreme example of genius in the realm of intellect," whose
"wonderful name lifts society upward in character and culture, and will
lift man back to His Father's side." Christ is indeed conceded a
as religious teacher, but one that "portrayed as an Infinite Father
God who holds the earth in His hand and rolls the sun like a golden
the pavement of the morning." Christ is pictured in wonderfully flowing
language in His relation to the poet, the philosopher, the scientist,
seer.7) But it does not seem to occur to any one to picture Christ,
beauty of language, in His relation to the poor sinner in need of
And, with all their harping on the divinity of Christ, a great many of
modern religious leaders seem to have forgotten that there can be no
without the deity of Jesus assured.
believe that Jesus Christ is true God. And, in order to summarize very
let us point to only a few passages of the Bible. Jesus is, beyond the
a doubt, called the Son of God, and not a son by adoption, but one born
the essence of the Father from eternity." Thou art My Son; this day
begotten Thee," Ps. 2, 7; Heb. 1, 5. Mary is given the assurance:
"That Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of
God," Luke 1, 35. 32. John expressly states of Jesus: "We saw His
glory, the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father," John 1, 14.
Himself does not reject the confession of Nathanael: "Thou art the Son
God," John 1, 50, with horror, but accepts it as a matter of fact. John
states it to be the purpose of His entire gospel : "These are written
ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God," John 20,
St. Paul declares that "God spared not His own Son," Rom. 8, 32. And
that the argument from the Sonship of Jesus to His Godhead is valid
unbelieving Jews knew, thus surpassing many a modern critic: "The Jews
sought to kill Him because He said also that God was His Father, making
equal with God," John 5, 18.
that is not all. Jesus is expressly and unequivocally called God; deity
actually asscribed to Him. The words of the prolog of our gospel are so
unmistakable that only a flat denial can. remove them and their power.
writes: "The Word was God," v. 1. He does not say that the Word was
divine, but that the Word is actual, true, essential God. He says the
in his first epistle, when he declares that Jesus is "the true God and
eternal life," 1 John 5, 20. And Jesus Himself did not refuse to be
and addressed as God when Thomas exclaimed: "My Lord and my God," John