Son of Man Archive

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 […]

Was Jesus married?

In an age of historical and biblical illiteracy it has become increasingly popular to perpetuate the notion that Jesus was married. The role of “Mrs. Jesus” in these fanciful depictions is most often played by Mary Magdalene. Most recently Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code (Doubleday, 2003) has received much attention for its […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke contradict one another?

At first blush the genealogies of Matthew and Luke appear to be contradictory. In reality the genealogies are ingeniously constructed to highlight different aspects of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Matthew, writing to a primarily Jewish audience, emphasizes that Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham and the legal heir of David, the […]