By Earl Robertson
The religion of Jesus Christ rests upon the affirmation that He is the divine Son of God. This affirmation is either fact or fiction. Both positions are constantly taught by religious folk. Both positions can not be right; both can not be true. So, one position is essentially a lie.
Judaism says Jesus is an illegitimate son of a cheap peasant woman and canny, therefore, be the divine Son of God. Recently established religions, – being materialistic in doctrine, tell us that Jesus is a “created angel.” If this doctrine is true the Bible doctrine affirming the deity of Christ, the character of which was demonstrated in the creation of all things, is not true. It is a question of integrity: which is true (1) the Bible or (2) the creeds of men? We believe the Bible!
Everything depends on the right answer to Jesus’ question, “Whose son is he?” (Matt. 22:42). If He is the Son of God He is God-deity, divine (John 10:36, 37; 5:18); if He is not who He claimed to be, He is a fraud. Friends, we have no other alternative for response to Jesus’ question: either, we are for Him, as the Son of mod, or we are against Him. There is no middle ground.
Jesus bore witness of Himself (John 8:18) saying,, “I am the Son of God” (John 10:36). The apostles often said the same of Him (Mk. 16:15, 16; Mt. 14:33; Acts 9:20; 2 Cor. 1:19; 1 John 4:14, 15; 2 John 3). God the Father said He was the Son of God (Matt. 3:17; 17:5; 1 Pet. 1:16-18; Psa. 2:7; Acts 13:33). A friend confessed the same (John 11:27). Even the non-followers said, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matt. 27:54; Mk. 15:39; 5:7; Lk. 4:41).
The miraculous works of Jesus attest His divinity. “The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me” (John 10:25). A mere man can not do the super-natural; Jesus did the super-natural-miracles; therefore, Jesus is super-human. He is divine; He is God. Nicodemus said, “No man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him” (John 3:2). Nicodemus did not then know that He to whom he was speaking was “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16). The Word was made flesh and dwelt among men (John 1:1-14).
Truth Magazine XXII: 11, p. 181
March 16, 1978