Son of God
29th November 2008, mgh,hej
This Article: (12 Pages)
- 1. The Son of God
- 2. The Son of Man
- 3. The Special Birth of the Son of God
- 4. Paul's ideas regarding God and the... Son of God
- 5. What is meant by Jesus being Sent?
- 6. God's Character Shown to the World
- 7. There is no power but that of Yahweh
- 8. Jesus as the Man
- 9. In the Beginning was the Word... (John 1)
- 10. The Title 'God'
- 11. Could Christ have Pre-existed?
- 12. Our future as Sons of God
6) God's Character Shown to the World
The above references all show God as the powerful Father and Christ subordinated to God's will and power. Jesus however, showed, manifested, or demonstrated Yahweh, in character, word and deed. So much so that he said, “He that has seen me has seen the Father.” This oneness is often seen as special. In fact Jesus makes this same claim of oneness for his disciples. It is recorded that he prayed for his disciples and for believers through the ages,
“That they all may be one; as thou Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.” (John 17: 21)
This is not a difficult concept and it does not prove that Jesus and his Father are one and the same person. This oneness that the Lord had with his Father is the same oneness that all believers have. Hebrew name for God, 'Yahweh Elohim', reveals this purpose, “He who will be manifested in Mighty Ones”. It shows a unity of belief with the followers of Jesus reflecting the same characteristics as he has.
Individuals become united by developing relationships. The most understood relationship where two are joined to become one is marriage.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
Studies have shown that people married become more alike with time. Then there is the relationship between a father and a son. Our culture has a saying that the son, can be 'a chip of the old block'. They are so alike, they are of the one character. Oneness in relationships can extend to the action of groups. An example is the clan. In the Bible followers of Christ are to be united as one. Paul prays Christ's followers be of one mind,
The God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)
That is, to be one'body' in Christ with a unity of purpose.