3/8/2016 10:20:55 AM
Who is Jesus Christ?
One would think the answer to this question is obvious to all, but apparently many in our day have no clue concerning who He really is. In recent days some have referred to Him as a community organizer in an attempt to bolster the weak resume of their presidential candidate. Jesus Christ was no mere community organizer, whatever that might be. Instead, He organized His church which He separated from the community. The word church is from the Greek ekklesia which is made up of ek meaning out of and kaleo meaning called. Thus, the church has been called out of the community to be separate from it.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. To Mary, the Angel Gabriel announced, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest. . .” (Luke 1:31, 32). No one else has ever been called the Son of God in the same sense Jesus is the Son of God. While believers in Jesus Christ are called sons of God (John 1:12), they are sons by adoption, not by generation (Gal. 4:5). Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16).
As the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ is God. The son of man is as much man as his father is. The Son of God is God just as His Father is. Those who heard Jesus call God His Father understood Him to say He was God. “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18). Religionists, including many in christendom, deny Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Notwithstanding such denials, God declared decisively that He is the Son of God by raising Him from the dead (Rom. 1:3).