Concerning Christ

41.—Who was Jesus Christ?
ANSWER: Jesus Christ was the Son of God
PROOF: “This is my beloved Son, in whorn I am well pleased” (Matt 3 17) “I am the Son of God” (John 10 36) “Thou art the Son of God’ (John 1 49) “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15 39) 7 saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God” (John 1 34)

42.—Was Jesus Christ a man, as well as the Son of God?
ANSWER: Yes, he was a man also, made in all things like unto ourselves, yet without sin
PROOF: ‘Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by muacles and wondeis and siqns, which God did by him in the midst of you’ (Acts 2 22) “There is one mediatoi between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2 5) “Through this man is preached unto you the foigiveness of sins” (Acts 13 38) ‘In all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren” (Heb 2 17)

43.—How was Jesus Christ both man and the Son of God?
ANSWER: Because he was begotten of a human virgin-mother by the power of the Spirit of God, and not by a human father Mary, a damsel descended from David, and betrothed to Joseph, also a descendant of David, was his mother, and God was his father So that on his father’s side he was the Son of God, and on his mother’s side he was the son of David, and therefore, a man par- taking of David’s nature, which was the nature common to all
PROOF: “Fear not (Joseph) to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in het is of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 1 20) “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, theie- foie that holy thing which shall be bom of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1 35) “Jesus Christ the Son of David the Son of Abraham” (Matt 1 1) “God sent forth His Son made of a woman” (Gal 4 4) “He was found infashion as a man (Phil 2 8) ‘Touched with thefeeling of our infir- mities, was in all points tempted like as HC are, yet without sin” (Heb 4 15)

44.—Was Jesus both divine and human then?
ANSWER: He was human as to the substance of which he was made, but divine as to the source from which he came, the Spirit from which he derived his wisdom, and the pattern of the character which he possessed
PROOF: ‘Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same” (Heb 2 14) “I came down from heaven” (John 6 38) “He was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him’ (Luke 2 40) ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth” (John 1 14)

45.—Was there a connection between Jesus and the Father that does not exist between God and other men?
ANSWER: Yes Jesus and the Father were one by the Spirit, which, proceeding from the Father, embraced them both God was thus in Christ, and Christ was thus the manifestation of God which things cannot be said of any other man
PROOF: “I and my Father are one” (John 10 30) ‘He that hath seen me hath seen the Father the Father dwelleth in me” (John 14 9-10) “God was in Christ reconciling the nor Id unto Himself (2 Cor 5 19) “God was manifest in flesh ‘ (1 Tim 3 16)

46.—Was Jesus God co-equally and co-eternally with the Father, as Trinitari- anism teaches?
ANSWER: The man Christ Jesus, begotten of the Father and endowed immeasurably with His Spirit, was distinct from the Father, though one with Him in the sense expressed in the last answer But as to co-equality and co-eternity, these are ideas that owe their existence to the speculations and disputations of Church theologians in the third and fourth centuries They do not belong to the New Testament system of doctrine concerning Christ This system teach- es that the God of Christ was the Father who fills heaven and earth by His Spirit Christ disowned co-equality with the Father, and co-eternity is impossible in a son
PROOF: The passages quoted under answers 41 to 45, also the following “I am one that beareth witness of myself and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me’ (John 8 18) I am in the Father, and the Father in me” (John 14 11) “My father is greater than I” (John 14 28) “The head of Christ is God’ (1 Cot 113) “When all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son himself be subject unto Him that put all things under him that God may be all in all’ (1 Cor 15 28)