The Lord JESUS CHRIST
the Son of God
Question and answer
Today we begin a series of articles in which we will see what is the biblical answer to the following question that the Lord Jesus solemnly addressed to His disciples:
“But ye, who do ye say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)
After the birth of the Lord Jesus, the devil wanted to annul, even from the beginning, the work of Salvation that He came to accomplish; he tried to do that by killing Him while He was still a newborn child. But he failed, because it is written about that newborn Child: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) How can a creature like Satan annul the plan of the Mighty God?… The Scripture said, long before Jesus was born, that God Almighty would come and would finish the work of our Salvation, “and the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). During the whole of Christ’s life on earth, the devil wanted to nullify His work, whether by tempting Him and by trying to push Him to sin and to disobey God, or even to commit suicide by throwing Himself down from the pinnacle of the Temple, or by trying to kill Him by the hand of the Jews before He gets to the cross of our Salvation… Even when He was on the cross, Satan wanted to tempt Him to come down from that cross so that we may not be saved and so that God may not be glorified in His Son. But the evil one, the ruler of this world (of the sinful worldly system that is against God), failed in all of that, because the One against whom he was waging war is the One who said: “the ruler of the world comes, and in me he has nothing“ (John 14:30); and “On this account the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment of my Father.” (John 10:17-18); and “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) The Lord Jesus died, not because of any sin in Him (may it never be!), for He is the Holy One, but because of our sins that He bore. Throughout the centuries, Satan wanted to make people believe wrong things about the crucifixion, or even to deny the crucifixion entirely, because that’s where he was defeated and we were saved and God was glorified. Note how false religions fiercely attack the crucifixion or the real meaning of the crucifixion… On the third day after His propitiatory death on the cross, the Lord Jesus rose again from the dead, because, just as He previously said, He has authority to lay down His life and He has authority to take it again. Thus, “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.” (Colossians 2:15)
After the devil failed to annul the work of Jesus, he endeavored through the centuries to mislead the minds of people concerning the truths related to the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and especially concerning His Deity. The deception is so great, that people through the centuries had some very wrong opinions about Jesus, going from one erroneous extreme to another: Some thought that He was a liar; others thought that He was a simple human or that He didn’t even exist; others thought that He was a mighty prophet just like all other prophets; others thought that He was the final step of a chain of reincarnations; others said that He is the first created being and yet not the Creator; others thought that He is a member of a pantheon of gods; even some thought that He had the Divinity in Him yet He is not God Himself… All of these were deceived by a great deception, because they didn’t want to believe the truth: “they have not received the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this reason God sends to them a working of error, that they should believe what is false, that all might be judged who have not believed the truth, but have found pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12) But those who belong to Christ in all centuries will not be deceived, as they believe all what God says in His Word. The Lord Jesus asks us today, just as He asked His disciples: “But ye, who do ye say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) And He wanted that they and we know the answer, the true answer. And the only true answer is found in the Word of God, as we will see. Our faith in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is very essential, for in John 8:24 the Lord Jesus says: “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” If we don’t believe the truth about the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will die in our sins; and this is more than serious.
The coming questions and answers will show how God reveals in His Word that the Lord Jesus Christ is God who was incarnated and became a human to save us from the yoke of sin. A simple comparison between the verses is enough to make us reach the evident conclusion that the Lord Jesus Christ is equal to the Father in essence, i.e. that He is God the Son, although He is not the Father. The Lord Jesus is the same God as the Father, although not the same Person as the Father. This is the Nature of the One God as revealed in the Word of God; those who do not have the love of the truth in them and who find their pleasure in unrighteousness refuse this revelation of God about His Nature. Whenever a misled person attacks the Deity of Jesus Christ, you can just ask him these questions, and he will not be able to give you the answers of the Bible which we will read together, but he will give you answers that disagree with what the Bible says. Indeed, the Bible so clearly answers these questions that we don’t even need to comment after we read those verses where the questions are answered. But I will give a short explanatory comment with each biblical answer for those who want to understand how a passage from the Bible interprets another passage without the need for human interpretations.