Vol. 6, No. 11
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Frequently when there is testimony given to the truthfulness of a statement, some would question the testimony by saying: "Surely he is a biased witness." An extremely important statement, "Son of God," is expressed some 47 times in the New King James Version of the Bible, one of which occurs in the Old Testament (Daniel 3:25). The question could be asked: "What kind of testimony is found in the Scriptures describing Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God?"
Before examining the statements of other people, let us first hear the claim of Jesus himself. Jesus boldly said to the Jews: "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58). Centuries prior God told Moses that his name was: "I AM WHO I AM" (Exodus 3:14). Jesus claimed that he is the great "I AM."
Do you remember the story of the blind man in John 9? Jesus healed him who was blind from birth. Though he was very thankful for what Jesus had done, many others around him were disturbed. Due to the persistence of the blind man's testimony to Jesus restoring his sight, the Jewish leaders were furious and cast him out of the synagogue. Jesus approached the man who was previously blind and questioned: "Do you believe in the Son of God" (John 9:35)? The man replied: "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him" (John 9:36)? Now listen carefully to Jesus' crystal clear answer. He said: "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you" (John 9:37). Jesus declares that he is the Son of God! If you are not convinced, notice what the man did after he said, "Lord, I believe!" He worshiped Jesus (cf. John 9:38). Recall that only God may be rightfully worshiped (cf. Matthew 4:10).
The religious leaders of the Jews made charges against Jesus. When Jesus was on the cross they mocked: "He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God'"(Matthew 27:43). Though they did not believe Jesus to be the Son of God, they were accurate in accrediting him with saying "I am the Son of God."
Besides Jesus' claim, there are numerous other testimonies found in the New Testament. First, let us look at the most unlikely but some of the most powerful claims to Jesus being the Son of God. Satan is the polar opposite of Jesus Christ in character. Satan the tempter saw Jesus' physical hunger and so tempted him to create bread (Matthew 4:3). The tempter said: "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
Jesus, being the Son of God, possessed power to command unclean spirits to depart from the people that they possessed. Mark records one instance in which unclean spirits "whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, 'You are the Son of God'" (Mark 3:11).
The demons, which could possess men and cause terrific harm, also confessed Jesus to be the Son of God. On one occasion when Jesus had met a demon-possessed man in the country of the Gergesenes, the demons cried out to Jesus saying: "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29). These beings were in horror of God, yet they believed and confessed Jesus as the Son of God. James by inspiration reveals: "the demons believe; and tremble" (James 2:19)!
The angels of God give fine testimony to the deity of Christ. The angel Gabriel revealed to Mary: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35). The Holy One predicted to be born to the virgin Mary was Jesus Christ.
Perhaps the greatest of these testimonies to the deity of Christ is from God the Father himself. Matthew records the events of the baptism of Jesus when there was a voice from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17). God the Father repeats the same testimony at the mount of transfiguration when he said: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him" (Matthew 17:5)!
There are many other testimonies found within the pages of the Bible, but these listed will be sufficient. Examples of the best to the worst of characters in the Scriptures declare: "Jesus is the Son of God."