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November 17, 2007 / Daniel

Jesus as the Christ

I believe that Jesus is the Christ, Israel’s promised Messiah, in the line of King David (Matt. 1:1-17; 16:13-20; Rom. 1:1-4). At His baptism, Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to be the King of Israel and declared by the Father to be the Son of God (1 Sam. 16:1-13; Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-22; 4:14-30).

The term “Son of God” must first be recognized as a Messianic title, given to David and his sons (Ps. 2; 45; 110). In the Old Testament, the Davidic rulers were viewed as the LORD’s kingly representatives on earth, entrusted with God’s authority (2 Sam. 7). In the context of 1st century of Judaism, Jesus was given this title in light of His Messianic mission (Matt. 16:13-20). However, this title was especially fitting for Jesus since in fact He was quite literally the Son of God, i.e. God the Son (NT Wright).

As the Messiah, He proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom of God, which was promised by the Prophets (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 5:3; 10:7; John 3:5). He did also many marvelous miracles as signs of His Kingdom (Mark 2:1-12; 4:35-41; 5:1-20; 6:30-44; John 9, 11; 20:30-31).

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  1. Matthew C / Nov 17 2007 5:56 pm

    I think it is important to distinguish the term ‘son of God’ as a title and the Son as member of Trinity.

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