Enjoying the Son of God

John 10:36-38 Do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

Romans 1:4-7 And was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ should be boasted in as He is the Son of God – a divine member of the Trinity. No one has, or ever can use this term except Christ, because of the fact that He alone is the living Son of God. And this must be boasted in so that His supremacy is made even more glorious.

The Son’s relation to the Father is presented with the term “Son of God” to declare that the perfect revelation of the Father is now forever given to mankind. Jesus Christ is titled the Son of God in the sense that He is one of the members of the Trinity. This claim was made on the occasion of His baptism in Mark 1:11, “And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased,’” and by the angel Gabriel announcing in Luke 1:35, “‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy– the Son of God.’” This title showed that Jesus Christ was the actual Son of the Trinity and the actual Son of God. Jesus used this to teach His disciples the fact that talking to the Son of God was the same as talking to the Father.

The believer must see that how they view and know Jesus Christ as the actual Son of God is of great importance. It is helpful to see Paul’s theology of this doctrine and its centrality to his preaching and teaching to the churches. From the moment of Paul’s salvation, Paul knew that it was the Son of God who called him. We see constantly that this Son of God was central to his salvation. In Galatians 1:15-16 Paul says, “But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone.” This understanding was not only central to his salvation, but also to his preaching as seen in Acts 9:20, “And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God’” and in 2 Corinthians 1:19, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes.” Paul saw the importance of keeping Christ as the Son of God the absolute truth in salvation and in teaching through the Word.

The believer must see that the Son of God claims to be what the title says – the very Son of God. In Christ’s oneness, and in His equality, He can claim to be the Son with authority. The believer can boast in knowing that what Christ claimed about Himself was true: that He Himself is the way, the truth, and the life. The believer can boast that they serve a Christ who is in tune with, and always knowing, the Father perfectly. This is important to the believer because often times they feel distant from the Father. But knowing that this Son of God constantly and perfectly intercedes, helps to bring light to knowledge of – and communion with – the Father. The believer must boast that Jesus Christ is the living Son of God because only when the believer sees and knows the truth that lies in Him for salvation, can they be fully satisfied in Him. This is done in boasting in Jesus Christ and who He is – and not the believer’s self. Of even further importance in this very title is that it sent Jesus Christ to the cross, paying for the believer’s sin. This title is what Christ was accused of being wrong about; but because of it – He was indeed the Son of God – He provided a way for man to come to God.

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