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Son of God

29th November 2008, mgh,hej

 

4) Paul's ideas regarding God and the Son of God

Paul, the great apostle of Jesus also speaks of there being one God.

“To us there is but One God, the Father of whom are all things... and one Lord Jesus Christ... howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge.” (1 Corinthians 8: 6-7) and
“One Lord.. and One God and father of all.” (Ephesians 4:5-6)

Paul spoke of Jesus in the following way, which clarifies Paul's understanding of the relationship between Yahweh and Jesus.

“God has appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom He has ordained; whereof He has given assurance unto all men, in that He has raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17: 31)

Several clear principles are given here. God has chosen a day of judgement. God has ordained, or appointed, the man who will carry out this judgement. It was God who raised this man from the dead. Any Christian can identify who that man is. It is Jesus, that is, Jesus who bears in his name the name of his father. Also the power is that of God, who is Yahweh.

This subordination of Jesus to his Father is further supported by the following:

“There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“When all things shall be subdued unto him (Jesus), then shall the son be also be subject unto him (God) that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15: 28)
“Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders which God did by him.” (Acts 2: 22)
“Him (i.e. Jesus) has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour.” (Acts 5: 31)

These references from Paul, a few among many others, clearly show that Yahweh has the power. He has worked through Jesus to fulfil His purpose, in which His son has a most important and significant role yet to be played.

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