Christians have only one God, but he reveals himself as three distinct persons: as God the Father, Jesus the Son, and His Holy Spirit; these three together we call the Trinity. Jesus was not a son in a human way, where there is a mother and father together conceive and bear children. God created the world, and when he did so all three members of the Trinity were present. In Genesis 1:26, God uses the pronoun “we”, showing us that all three members of the trinity were present before creation.
God knew humans would sin
Before the creation of the world, the Bible teaches us that God knew that human beings would sin, and had already put in place the way in which they could be restored to the relationship with God that they had had before they sinned.
This plan of God was that He would become, as a man, and live on the earth (John 1:10) he would not sin, and because of this He was the only one who would be able to take upon himself the punishment for the sins of the whole world. The punishment of death that was due to us was laid on Him, but because He never sinned, death had no hold on Him, and He rose from the dead, and after 40 days returned to heaven.
God said to the second person of the Trinity, Jesus, “You are my son, today I have begotten you” (Psalm 2:7 Hebrews 1:5). Jesus existed before the creation of the world but was given the task of redeeming it from sin, and would be called God’s son. Jesus entered the world as a baby, but not through normal conditions – Mary his mother was a virgin, and the baby conceived within her was by the power of God, the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:18 -21, Luke 1:26 – 38).
Hate towards Jesus
The religious leaders of Jesus’ time increasingly hated him, as they began to realize that he was declaring that he was God. At his trial the High priest said “I charge you under oath by the living God; tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God” to which Jesus replied “Yes” (Matt 26:63); to the Jewish leaders this was blasphemy, because Jesus was declaring himself to be God. The son of God meant that he is of the same nature as God, is equal with God and is God.
For the Christian we believe these things, and throughout Paul’s writing in the New Testament he emphases and clarifies this fact. For the Christians we must believe this because it is the basis on which we become Christians, our sins are forgiven and Jesus is preparing a place in heaven for us. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life”.
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