Son of God Archive

How Can the Eternal Son of God Be the “Firstborn over All Creation”?

In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle Paul called Jesus Christ the “firstborn over all creation” (1:15). But how can Christ be both the eternal Creator of all things yet himself be the firstborn? First, in referring to Christ as the firstborn, Paul had in mind preeminence or “prime position.” This usage is firmly […]

How can the eternal Son of God be “the firstborn over all creation”?

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul calls Jesus Christ the “firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15). How can Christ be both the eternal Creator of all things and yet himself be the firstborn? First, in referring to Christ as the firstborn, Paul has in mind preeminence. This usage is firmly established in the Old […]

If God cannot be tempted, how could Jesus be tempted?

On the one hand Scripture tells us that “God cannot be tempted by evil” (James 1:13). On the other, it informs us that during his wilderness sojourn, Jesus was tempted by the evil one (Matthew 4:1–11). Could Jesus be tempted or couldn’t he? First, for sin to take place there must be a sinful inner […]

Is the incarnation incoherent?

Like the Trinity, the incarnation is often considered to be logically incoherent. While the incarnation may transcend our human understanding, it does not transgress the laws of logic. First, because God created humanity in his own image (Genesis 1:27), the essential properties of human nature (rationality, will, moral character, and the like) are not inconsistent […]

Is the virgin birth miracle or myth?

In an op-ed piece published by the New York Times (August 15, 2003), columnist Nicholas Kristof used the virgin conception of Jesus to shamelessly promote the Enlightenment’s false dichotomy between faith and reason. In his words, “The faith in the Virgin Birth reflects the way American Christianity is becoming less intellectual and more mystical over […]

What credentials back up Jesus’ claim to deity?

Jesus not only claimed to be God but also provided many convincing proofs that he indeed was divine. First, Jesus demonstrated that he was God in human flesh by manifesting the credential of sinlessness. While the Qur’an exhorts Muhammad to seek forgiveness for his sins, the Bible exonerates Messiah saying Jesus “had no sin” (2 […]

Did Jesus claim to be God?

When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples the mother of all questions, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20). Mormons answer this question by saying that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer; Jehovah’s Witnesses answer by saying that Jesus is the archangel Michael; New Agers […]

Does the Bible claim Jesus is God?

Many biblical texts can be used to demonstrate that Jesus is God. Three, however, stand out above the rest. Not only are they clear and convincing, but their “addresses” are easy to remember as well—John 1, Colossians 1, and Hebrews 1. First, is John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was […]

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