Jesus Christ: Son of God Essay

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Jesus Christ is clearly identified as the True Son of God in Scripture, but not initially. Before Christ arrived here on earth the nation of Israel and David, God’s chosen king, but after Christ’s domain on earth, a shift was evidently made. Doctrine declares that the second person of the True Godhead has been Jesus Christ, existential as the Son. There was no time when He was not the Son of God since there has always been a Father and Son relationship made known in the Godhead. Sonship is not just a mere title that Christ took at some random point in history; it involves his true identity, the actual Son of God. Throughout this reading it will be made known of Christ’s superiority over angels of the heavenly realm, Moses, and the Aaronic priests using biblical scripture.
Christ’s superiority reigns true and strong over the factors of both Heaven’s gates and God’s characters on earth from the past. This is evident in discussion of the angels; these angels are leading figures under the Old Covenant that has now passed away. After the Exodus of God’s people from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea, God leads Israel through the wilderness to Mount Sinai and thus, the formation of the covenant. The arrival at Sinai testified to a noteworthy milestone in Israel’s existence. Israel had been delivered by God from Egyptian enslavement and bondage and experienced His care and provision. From there they were, at Sinai, brought into a national covenantal relationship with the Lord. Seemingly in the ancient Near East the relationship between a king and his people was often governed by a covenant. This covenant was the outgrowth and extension of the Lord’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants 600 years earlier. Evidently enough, the book of Hebrews begins with explanation of Christ’s superiority to the angels; Hebrews 1:5-14 is scriptural proof of this superiority. Firstly this is emphatic since to most Jews, angels were exalted beings. This is especially revered because they were involved in giving the law at Sinai and to the Jews the law was God’s supreme revelation: “For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” God distinguishes the superiority of his Son over angels in the Old Testament, “Rejoice, O nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.” This statement, which in the Old Testament refers to the Lord God (Yahweh), is here applied to Christ, giving clear indication of His full deity; the very beings with whom Christ is being compared and commanded to proclaim his superiority by worshipping Him. Further comparison is pursued between angels and Christ, in another Old Testament reference, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” It is this passage that intimates the deity of the Messianic (and former, Davidic) King, further demonstrating the Son’s superiority over the angels. In Hebrews 2, the author writes of exhortation not to ignore the revelation of God in His Son and makes it quite evident in verse 5, “It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.” Christ, as bearer of the new revelation is superior to angels who had participated in bringing the revelation at Sinai. At the same time, Jesus was made in a way that was lower than the angels. Hebrews 2:6 makes reference to the Old Testament scripture stating, “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” Awed by the marvelous order and immensity of God’s handiwork in