When Was Jesus Declared God?

When was Jesus Christ first recognized as God?

  • SKEPTIC: Isn’t it conceivable that the entire notion of Jesus as anything other than an outstanding human being and spiritual leader arose as a result of some previous overblown accounts of his life and teachings? After all, why couldn’t the idea that Jesus is the Son of God be the outcome of a tale that was based on the wishful thinking of his own disciples and then passed down through generations until it reached the status of accepted truth during the early decades of the common era? It is practically hard to imagine such a scenario. A legend of that status would require more time to develop than the time which transpired during the interval between Jesus’s death and the establishment of the Church. Many people who knew Jesus personally were still alive when the doctrine of His deity was being openly taught and accepted by many local churches. Consider the following: Someone claiming to be God within a few years after your death would almost certainly put the record right in a heartbeat, wouldn’t they? Your husband, children, and neighbors would almost certainly set the record straight in a heartbeat, wouldn’t they? ″Hey, he may have been a wonderful person, but I was acquainted with him personally, and he was absolutely not God!″ Well, many people who knew Jesus exceedingly well not only failed to refute the reports that He was God, but actually corroborated such claims. Reputable historians and writers with no particular religious axe to grind were also sounding a tune that began with Jesus’ own witness about Himself. Take a look at this. Jesus Himself claimed to be God somewhere around the year 32 A.D. John 10:30: “I and the Father are one.” This, incidentally, raises an interesting question—who else who has been widely considered sane and respectable, before or since, has ever made such claims about himself?
  • Circa 33 A.D. — Many local Jewish officials recognized and responded with rage to the rising legitimacy of the assertions that Jesus was God (John 8:52-59)
  • 33 A.D. — A Roman centurion at the cross exclaimed, “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39)
  • \s Circa 32-33 A.D. — Those who were closest to Jesus during the final three years of His life accepted His divinity. Simon Peter said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ and the rest is history.″ (Matthew 16:16
  • Mark 10:16). ″My Lord and my God!″ said Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, at one point. (John 20:28)
  • SKEPTIC: However, it was clear that Jesus’ disciples had a predetermined goal and a vested interest. They wanted him to be superhuman for the sake of their own reputations! As a result of their assertion that Jesus was divine, the disciples found themselves in a very uncomfortable, if not dangerous, situation with both the Roman authorities and their own Jewish religious leaders. The majority, if not all, of them perished as a result of their belief in this concept. You and I may know of persons who’ve died because of what they incorrectly assumed to be true. But can you think of anyone who has ever willingly died for something they knew to be false? These folks were well-versed on the person of Jesus. SKEPTIC: Okay—so a few folks were convinced that Jesus was God. But they were the exception, right? According to a widely circulated book, no one’s formal view on Jesus’ divinity was established until the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Don’t believe everything that you read in a bestseller. Instead, examine the following historical facts: Circa 94 A.D. — Josephus, a reputable Jewish historian, called Jesus “Christ”, and said that He was “a doer of wonderful works,” and asserted that “He appeared to His followers alive again” following His crucifixion
  • \s Circa 100 A.D. — Iganatius wrote frequently of Christ as God
  • \s Circa 150 A.D. — Justin Martyr, an early Christian writer, referred to Jesus as “being the first-begotten Word of God,” and in chapter 36 of his Dialogue with Trypho, says that Jesus was “both God and Lord of hosts.” The Council of Nicea was held 175 years before this. Bishop Irenaeus referred to Jesus as ″our Lord, and God, and Savior, and King″ (Against Heresies, Book 1, chapter 10)
  • Clement of Alexandria credited Jesus as ″truly most manifest Deity, He that is made equal to the Lord of the Universe, because He was His Son″ (Exhortation to the Heathen, chapter 10)
  • Tertullian asserts that the ″Son is of one substance with the Father″ (
  • Thales/Thallus, a Palestinian historian who lived between 232-245 A.D., spoke on the gloom that surrounded Christ’s death.
  • 246-258 A.D. — Cyprian concurs

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  • (“Deity of Jesus Our Lord” part) / www.biblequery.org/Bible/BibleCanon/DaVinciCode.htm
  • \s The Da Vinci Delusion. Behind the Da Vinci Code, R. Abanes, 2004 Harvest House
  • Answers to the Da Vinci Code, Rose Publishing
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Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea? Probing Into What the Earliest Christians Really Believed

According to one of the most prominent arguments to Christianity, Jesus’ divinity has only been ″invented″ by later Christians, who lived centuries after the first century.According to tradition, hardly one in ancient Christianity believed Jesus was divine.He was only a man at the time, and it was only later, at the Council of Nicea, that Christians declared him to be a god.A classic example of this in popular fiction may be found in the book The Da Vinci Code: A Novel, which is set in the year 1492.“My dear,” Teabing stated, “until that time in history, Jesus was seen by His disciples as a mortal prophet… a wonderful and powerful man, but a man nonetheless.″I am a mortal.″ ″How is it that Jesus is not the Son of God?″ ″All OK,″ Teabing agreed.

  1. A formal proposal and vote on the establishment of Jesus as ″the Son of God″ was taken place at the First Council of Nicaea.
  2. ″Hold on a sec.
  3. ″Are you saying that the divinity of Jesus was determined by a vote?″ ″It was a very close vote, to be honest,″ Teabing continued.

It is true that more sophisticated objections to Christian belief in the divinity of Jesus have been raised over the centuries.It will become evident in the coming chapters that Jesus was not initially thought to be God in any sense at all,″ according to Bart Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God (44).It goes without saying that there have been a slew of replies to Ehrman’s allegation (and The Da Vinci Code).The reply volume to Ehrman, How God Became Jesus, is a fantastic place to begin your research.And you can check my review of Ehrman’s book here.But, it would still be good to explore the topic concerning when Christians came to conceive of Jesus as God.

  • Was this notion “originally” (Ehrman’s phrase) part of early Christianity?
  • Many other approaches may be taken to answering this topic, but for the sake of this brief piece, we will merely study the teachings of the apostle Paul on the subject.
  • Why start with Paul?
  1. Larry Hurtado describes it best: We have direct access to Pauline Christianity, which is the oldest manifestation of the Christian movement to which we have direct access through uncontested personal sources″ (Lord Jesus Christ, 85).
  2. As we shall see, Paul didn’t merely believe Jesus was God in a marginal, semi-divine sort of way.
  3. He saw him as the one God of Israel, the pre-existent creator of the cosmos, rather than as a prophet.

Let us explore only two examples that illustrate that the greatest of Christologies was present in our oldest texts.Take, for example, Paul’s wording in 1 Corinthians 8:5-6: For while there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as truly there are many “gods” and many “lords”—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through him we exist.Paul’s determination to protect monotheism is at the heart of this message, which is delivered in the context of food presented to idols.

In contrast to the many false gods that are present in pagan worship, there is only one God who is worthy of cultic worship, according to the Bible.Indeed, it is commonly accepted that Paul is plainly relying from the foundational monotheistic confession of ancient Israel, the “shema” of Deut 6:4: ″Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One,″ the prophet declares.Notable, however, is that Paul has now incorporated the Lord Jesus Christ within the shema, even using the same term (″Lord″) to describe him as he did before.Paul is not adding Jesus to the godhead, as if there were suddenly two gods, but rather he is included Jesus in the divine identity of Yahweh.That this is the case is supported by the fact that Paul credits to Jesus the precise same act of creation that he attributes to God: ″by whom all things were created, and through him we are created.″ In fact, Jesus is the one who performs the creative act, rather than the one who is the beneficiary of the act of creation.

Thus, Bauckham writes, “A greater Christology than Paul already conveys in 1 Corinthians 8:6 is not feasible, and… the common essence of all New Testament Christology” (2008:30).(2008:30).The other verse, not unexpectedly, is Phil 2:6-11, one of the clearest and most profound assertions that Jesus is Lord over everything.In addition to affirming that Jesus existed before time began—″though in the form of God…made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men″—Paul describes the highest possible exaltation of Jesus: ″so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father″ This latter statement is a direct quotation from Is 45:23, where Yahweh proclaims, in the original context, ″To me every knee must bend, and every tongue shall swear allegiance.″ Paul takes the honor due to Yahweh alone and applies it to Jesus—showing that he recognizes the latter as completely part of the divine identity.When taken in its whole, Hurtado has noticed that Philippians 2:1-6 recounts the work of Christ in a ″narrative sequence,″ beginning with his pre-existence and progressing through the events of his incarnation, humiliation, and exaltation (Hurtado, 2003:123).

  1. What is particularly notable about both of these passages is that academics have claimed that both of them represent even older Christian tradition that substantially precedes Paul’s own writings.
  2. In the instance of Philippians 2:6-11, it is usually recognized as an earlier Christological ″hymn″ that Paul altered for use inside this particular epistle, according to popular opinion.
  3. Likewise, 1 Cor 8:6 is believed to be one of the first creedal declarations within the Pauline corpus.
  • Thus, not only do these verses prove that the apostle Paul himself possessed a high Christology, but that this high Christology pre-dates Paul and exists in the very first levels of the Christian religion.
  • At the end of the day, doubters who are determined to deny Jesus’ divinity have two options.
  • On the one hand, they may claim that Christians were simply mistaken in their belief that Jesus was God.
  • Then there’s the argument that Christians never truly thought that Jesus was God in the first place, which is another possibility.
  1. According to the information presented above, it appears that the former is a far better alternative than the latter.
  2. Those who disagree with early Christians on their beliefs about Jesus are allowed to express their views publicly.
  3. But, there is little doubt that early Christians believed it.

Did Constantine Declare Jesus to Be ″God″ in AD 325?

The Da Vinci Code is not alone in claiming that in the fourth century, the Emperor Constantine changed Christianity to further his political agenda.Historians or false instructors who deny Christ’s divinity occasionally mention this occurrence as a possibility.The reality is, Christians considered Jesus as both God and man from the very beginning.In John 1:1, 14, we find that the eternal Son of God (the Word) was named “God,” and at the moment of His miraculous conception, He took on complete humanity —including a body of material flesh.Repeatedly throughout the New Testament, Jesus is declared both man and God (see John 1:1, 14; Romans 1:3; Galatians 4:4; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:6-8; and 1 Timothy 3:16).(see John 1:1, 14; Romans 1:3; Galatians 4:4; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:6-8; and 1 Timothy 3:16).

  1. The concept that later Christians picked or modified Scripture to downplay Christ’s humanity in favor of divinity is utter falsehood.
  2. In reality, Christians in the first and second centuries had to defend Christ’s entire humanity against heretics like the Gnostics who contended that Christ was simply God but not actually human (1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7).
  3. (1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7).

Beyond the New Testament, followers of the apostles continued to highlight that Jesus is both God and man at the same time.Ignatius, the pastor of Antioch who was martyred in about AD 110 and who may have known the apostle John, wrote: “There is only one physician, who is both flesh and spirit, born and unborn, God in man, true life in death, both from Mary and from God, first subject to suffering and then beyond it, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 5 Ignatius also purposefully named Jesus “God” multiple times in his writings.The concept that Jesus was viewed by early Christians as just a great man until later Christians highlighted His divinity is incorrect.In reality, the primary argument of Christianity has always been that the eternal, divine Son freely became totally human for us, lived a flawless life, died a horrific death to pay for our sins, and rose again as the victorious God-man, who will come again in judgment.This truth has stood against false instructors from the period of the apostles to our own day, and it will stand as truth for all generations to come.Adapted from Charles R.

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Michael J. Svigel

Michael J.Svigel got his master of theology in New Testament and doctor of philosophy in Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) (DTS).He presently serves as assistant professor of Theological Studies at DTS, teaching Theology and Church History.Prior to starting his post at the school in 2007, he worked as a writer in the Creative Ministries Department of Insight for Living Ministries.Mike and his wife, Stephanie, are parents of three children.More articles by Michael J.

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When Was Jesus Declared With Power to be the Son of God?

  • The Bible mentions God’s spoken proclamation on two occasions. Jesus was the beloved Son of the Father. The first time this happened was when Jesus arose from the baptismal waters. ″This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well delighted,″ God said from the throne of grace. (Matthew 3:17
  • Mark 1:11
  • Luke 3:22
  • John 3:22) When I went to the Mount of Transfiguration, it was the second time I went. God spoke from Heaven, saying, ″This is my beloved Son, in whom I am pleased
  • pay attention to what he has to say.″ (Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35, to name a few.) Both of these experiences were extremely moving. They did not, on the other hand, proclaim Jesus to be the Son of God with authority. According to Romans 1:4, it was the resurrection of Jesus that announced with authority that he was the Son of God (i.e., the Messiah). Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior have a living hope because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The same power that brought Christ Jesus from the dead also raises us out of our sins and enables us to live in newness of life with Christ in our hearts and minds. (4:6, 8, 11) (Romans 6:4) This is only achievable through a shift in perspective. Men are led to repentance because of the love of the Lord on their part. (See Romans 2:4). It is not God’s intention that anybody perishes, but rather that everyone comes to a new understanding. The Bible says (2 Peter 3:9) God’s entire goal was to use Jesus as a means of proclaiming to the world that he was the Son of God. Those events occurred three days after Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. ″He is not here, He has risen, just as He said,″ the ladies heard early in the morning on the first day of the week before they arrived at the tomb and heard the words, ″He is not here, He has risen exactly as He said.″ Matthew 28:6 (Matthew 28:6) Have you completed the following tasks in relation to this declaration of authority? It has been said that Jesus is the Son of God. (John 11:25) Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior. and have your mind and heart been altered as a result? (See Acts 2:21.)
  • The same power that resurrected Jesus from the grave has been used to resurrect me.
  • (John 3:3)
  • have begun to walk in newness of life.thinking and doing things that are agreeable to God (Galatians 5:16)
  • have begun to walk in newness of life
  • If you want to be confident that you are united to the Son of God, Romans 1 outlines several mindsets to avoid that were declared to be so with force. They knew God but did not honor Him as God (Romans 1:21)
  • they were unthankful (Romans 1:21)
  • they did not want to retain God in their thoughts (acknowledge God, approve of God, consider Him worthy of knowing) (Romans 1:28)
  • they were ungrateful (Romans 1:21)
  • they were ungrateful (Romans 1:21)
  • they were ungrateful (Romans 1:21)
  • they were ungrateful (Romans 1:21)
  • they were ungrateful

Have you had a personal encounter with Jesus as the Son of God who possesses authority in your life?Every day, walk in the resurrection power of God by doing the polar opposite of what those who did not satisfy God did.In order to please God and live in this resurrection power, you must first please yourself.Be familiar with God, exalt God, praise God, recognize God, approve of God, and believe God to be a person worth knowing.Then you will have a powerful encounter with the Son of God.Anne Gurley is the author of this piece.

Evidence That Jesus Clearly Declared He Is God

On November 2, 2020, Jesus was not attempting to portray Himself as a great teacher, a messenger of peace, or a bringer of wisdom; rather, He was attempting to show Himself as Himself.Despite the fact that these characteristics are a part of who Jesus is, they are not the fundamental reason for His coming on earth.God was coming to the world in person and in full color for the first time.Piqued by a number of remarks Jesus made, which were unmistakable allusions to His claim to be the Eternal God, the disciples and those closest to Him were left bewildered.In this essay, we will look at the statements that Jesus made about Himself and discover His actual identity.The Messiah is referred to in the Scriptures as the Great I AM.

  1. God revealed to Moses that His name is I AM.
  2. Jesus informed the Pharisees that He is the I AM, the Almighty God.

In Exodus Chapter 3, Moses asks the Lord what His name is. His reply? “I AM.”

″Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and declare to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they respond by asking, ‘What is His name?’ then I know that I have done something wrong.″ ‘What am I supposed to say to them? In response, God said, ″I AM WHO I AM,″ and He instructed Moses, ″Thus you should say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’″1

When we examine the New Testament, we see that Jesus told the Pharisees that He existed, before Abraham was born, as “I AM.”

″Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day, and he did see it and was pleased.″ Afterwards, the Jews confronted Him with the question, ″You are not yet fifty years old, and have you met Abraham?″ ″Most surely, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.″ Jesus continued to speak to them.″I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!″ Jesus said in response.It was at this moment that they gathered stones to hurl at him.But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.2 The identity of Jesus is revealed in response to the query posed by the Jews, but not in the way that the Jews expected.He also informs them that He existed before to Abraham’s birth.

  1. The Greek past tense, v (with the infinitive following a positive verb, R.
  2. 977, 1091), is used by Jesus to distinguish the historical period in which Abraham came into being from the period in which Abraham did not exist.
  3. 3 The past tense (aorist) use of the word ; which Jesus uses to establish His own existence, ), is a finite Greek verb, and not the same connecting verb,, which He used to establish a point of time for the existence of Abraham.

The past tense (aorist) use of the word ; which Jesus uses to establish His own existence, ), is a finite Greek verb, and not the same connecting verb,, which He used When Jesus proclaimed, ″I AM,″ he established that he had no beginning or ending to his existence.If Jesus had used the imperfect word, ″I was,″ instead of ″I am,″ He would have been implying that He was before Abraham, who lived 2,000 years ago.Jesus is stating unequivocally that He existed independently of time, beyond the world, the earth, and any individual; He has existed from the beginning of time.In other words, while His earthly life began fewer than fifty years ago, at Bethlehem, His actual existence as a person, was independent of time, space, and matter, and was not reliant on a specific point in time when He came into being.This is what Jesus is trying to convey.By delivering this comment, Jesus is making it apparent that, in contrast to Abraham, who came into being 2,000 years prior, Jesus did not have an origin story.

  • Jesus existed, no matter how far back in time we could go in our imaginations.
  • ″I AM,″ as Jesus declares, is exactly what the Greek language needs.
  • Who would have thought that a small infant born in Bethlehem would grow up to be the Great I AM of the Old Testament?!
  1. This prophesy from the Book of Exodus reveals that the voice that spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai was really the voice of the burning bush, according to the text: Moses was now minding the sheep of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, who was a descendant of Aaron.
  2. And he led the sheep to the rear of the desert, until they arrived to Horeb, the mountain of the Lord, and worshipped there.
  3. And the Angel of the LORD came to him in the midst of a bush, engulfed in a pillar of fiery light.

So he went outside and noticed that the bush was engulfed in flames, but that the bush had not been burned.4 Afterwards, Moses spoke to God about what to say to the Israelites when they asked him, ″What is His name?″ when he arrived in the land of Israel and told them, ″The God of your forefathers has sent me to you.″ ″What must I say to them?″ he asked.″I AM WHO I AM,″ God told Moses.

″I AM WHO I AM.″ It was then that He instructed them, saying, ″You shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’″ 5 In accordance with the teachings of the Old Testament, the words I AM are the everlasting name of God.I AM is pronounced Ehyeh asher ehyeh in the Hebrew language.It is commonly translated into English as I am that I am, but it may also be rendered as I shall be that I shall be, which is a variation on the previous phrase.The concept behind this name is that the Lord will take on the form of anything you require.″I am anything you require in your life….″ ″I shall transform into anything you require in your life.″ God is declaring in the statement I AM that He does not have a beginning or an end; He just exists and has existed from the beginning of time.

There is a first cause for everything else in the cosmos, which means that they all had a beginning at some point in time.God, being everlasting, does not necessitate the existence of a beginning cause.This idea appears inconceivable to us when we consider the existence of an everlasting Being who is defined as having no origin.All things in our world had a beginning at some point in time.A person had an idea and put it together with other components to create the things that we see all around us today.

  1. Even the cosmos and the earth were created at some point in time.
  2. The same can be said about stars, planets, and galaxies, all of which began at a certain moment.
  3. If God exists, where did He originate from, and how did He get here?
  • What was the process through which He came to be?
  • When did He first start?
  • All of these are reasonable inquiries, and they necessitate the provision of reliable solutions.
  • God is described as being eternal in the Bible.
  1. It is impossible to pinpoint a certain point in time when God came into being.
  2. He has existed and will continue to exist indefinitely.
  3. God is the sole self-existent, transcendent, and sentient Being in all of creation; there is no other.

In every way, he is perfect and complete in himself.In terms of intelligence and knowledge, he has no limits.He is without flaw in righteousness and is incapable of doing anything wrong.His essential nature is love, and all that emanates from Him is goodness, kindness, faithfulness, mercy, grace, and infinite patience.

He is the source of all good and kindness.Moreover, God is just and will not allow wickedness to endure in perpetuity.God is unwavering in his determination to punish evil, unrighteousness, and rebellion against His laws at a specific time.

God exists beyond of the confines of time, space, and matter.He is the Creator of everything that exists, and He created the universe with a single sentence.The fact is that no earthbound creature, no matter how intelligent they are, could ever fully comprehend this magnificent Being, even if they were extremely intelligent.We are unable to comprehend how God might exist separate from and independent of all of the laws of physics, gravity, and nature, given our current level of understanding.The Bible was given to us by God in order for us to come to know and comprehend Him, as well as His nature and existence on our planet.

God revealed Himself to Moses as “I AM.” In other words, God is Transcendent all other things.

The term transcendent is described as ″incomparable, unmatched, unsurpassed, unprecedented, unequaled, unsurpassable, one-of-a-kind, perfect, rare, exceeding, or wonderful,″ according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.If God exists, He must be a Being of unfathomable intricacy, as the Bible says.If He can be understood at all, our capacity to understand Him will be dependent on our ability to receive Him when He offers Himself to us in various ways.We may have preconceived notions about what God might be like, yet we shall be proven wrong in our assumptions.He is everlasting, but we are fleeting beings.He is well-versed in all areas, but we are well-versed in none.

  1. It is impossible for anybody to comprehend God’s nature unless they first read the Bible and learn who He is via the process of discovery.
  2. At the point that Solomon was about to complete the first Temple, he recognized that the God to whom he was dedicating this construction was completely beyond his comprehension.
  3. Will God, on the other hand, actually reside on the planet?

As you can see, heaven and the skies of heavens are unable to contain You.What a pittance this temple that I have constructed!6 An everlasting and immensely clever Being would pick a method of making Himself known that is extremely likely to be at odds with our preconceived notions of what such a Being should look like.According to the LORD, ″For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.″ (Isa.55:8) 9 ″For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts,″ the prophet says.7 If God exists, there would be some sort of proof of His existence.

  • We may learn about Him by looking at the things He has created.
  • Because His character and nature may be sensed through His creation, everyone with a rational mind can comprehend what He is like in this world.
  • Because, since the beginning of time, His intangible traits, such as His everlasting power and Godhead, have been plainly seen and understood by the things that have been created in His image.
  1. 8 The Being we are seeking is before to all other things in the universe.
  2. ″God created everything in the beginning.″ Because matter cannot cause itself, it did not come into being initially.
  3. There was no initial instance of physical rules in the cosmos; they are just the course that all other things must take in order to survive.
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This path was devised by the One who came before all other things and prepared everything.He is the uncaused cause of all that happens to us.The error that many people make in respect to God—whether they will think that He exists or that He is a product of men—is primarily dependent on the mentality that initiates the search for the truth.

By the time a person reaches a particular age, they have already made up their minds about the outcomes of many important decisions in their lives.If a person wishes to know whether or not God exists, or, more significantly, if they wish to know Him, they must begin with an open mind and a real desire to learn.It is vital to follow the evidence wherever it may go in any pursuit for truth before one can come to a conclusion about what is true.When we begin with a mindset that has already chosen what the conclusion will be, it is hard to know for certain whether anything is legitimate.When it comes to God, it’s best to disregard what we’ve already heard from others and embark on a brand new adventure for ourselves.

The reality is that God has made Himself known, but mankind are unable to recognize Him.The reason for this is because God does not come to us in the manner in which we would expect to discover Him.In the event that He merely poked His head through the clouds and declared Himself to be God, there would be no need for us to exercise any faith in our decision to believe in Him.God has chosen a less evident method of revealing Himself—a delicate technique to making Himself known that necessitates a certain degree of trust on the part of the believer.Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the proof of things not seen, according to the Bible.

  1. 9 It is unmistakable that God sets a high value on people who believe in Him and want to know Him, even though they do not physically see Him.
  2. ″Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed,″ Jesus remarked to him.
  3. It is blessed are those who do not see but nonetheless believe″ (Matthew 7:14).
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There are three primary ways in which God has revealed Himself to man:

  1. He communicates with us via nature and the things He has created.
  2. Through His Word, the Bible—His revelation of Himself and His plan for mankind
  3. through His Spirit, the Holy Spirit
  4. He has revealed His complete plan for mankind through His Son, through whom He has revealed His entire plan for mankind.

Being that God is eternal, He has the potential to pierce the linear time in which we are all currently living and show Himself in a variety of ways to us. Throughout the Old Testament books, we observe several instances in which God has shown Himself to specific persons.

We see examples of the capacity of God to countermand the laws of physics, and pierce time, in His appearance before Abraham and Moses.

According to the New Testament, Jesus demonstrates that he is the fulfillment of the Exodus prophesy in John Chapter 8, when He informs the Pharisees that He existed as the Great ″I AM″ before Abraham ever existed.In reality, as previously established, Jesus is claiming to be the Great I AM, who also spoke to Moses at the burning bush and to Abraham in Genesis 15, as well as other figures throughout the Bible.″Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day, and he did see it and was pleased.″ Afterwards, the Jews confronted Him with the question, ″You are not yet fifty years old, and have you met Abraham?″ ″Most surely, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.″ Jesus continued to speak to them.11 During God’s appearance to Abraham in Genesis 15:15, He gave specific promises to him that were conditional on Abraham believing in the impending salvation made possible by the advent of the Messiah.In God’s promise to Abraham, he was assured that the Messiah would come via his descendants, beginning with Isaac and continuing through David all the way to Jesus.The fact that Abraham recognized and believed that a Messiah was on his way was enough for God to regard him as righteous, despite the fact that he did not know what the name of the future Savior would be.

  1. In the midst of this, a word from the LORD came to Abraham, saying, ″This one (Ishmael) will not be your successor, but one who will come from your own flesh (Isaac) will be your heir.″ Afterwards, He led him outdoors and instructed him to ″look now toward heaven and count the stars if you are able to count them.″ ″And so shall your descendants be,″ He explained to him further.
  2. And he believed in the LORD, and He credited it to him for righteousness.
  3. 12 But God told Abraham, ″Your seed (the future Messiah) shall be called by the name of Isaac.″ 13 According to the evidence, this line from Genesis 15:4-6 is the one that Jesus was alluding to when He told the Pharisees, ″Your father Abraham delighted to see the day of My salvation, and he saw it and rejoiced.″ When God inquired of Abraham as to whether or not he grasped the plan of redemption through a coming Savior, Abraham responded affirmatively, and God counted Abraham’s faith in the future Savior as righteousness.

When you put your faith in Jesus today, you are truly putting your faith in the Great I AM of the Old Testament, who is God the Father.In Genesis 1:1, Jesus is identified as the One who spoke the creation into being, and he is also identified as the One to whom the Father has entrusted all judgment for all human beings.When God created the heavens and the earth, it was the beginning of time.14 For it was through Jesus that all things were made, both in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, including thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, among other things.All things were made by Him and for Him, and nothing was created apart from Him.Moreover, He is before to all things, and all things are included in Him.

  • 15 Because the Father does not pass judgment on anybody, but has delegated all authority to the Son.
  • 16 NOTES: 1 Exodus 3:13-14; 2 Exodus 3:13-14 2 John 8:58-59 (New International Version) (NLT) 3 Lenski’s New Testament Commentary on John 8:58, from the New Testament Commentary.
  • 4 Exodus 3:1-1; 5 Exodus 3:13-14; 6 Exodus 3:1-2; 7 7 Isaiah 55:8-9 (see 1 Kings 8:27) 8 The book of Romans 1:20 Nineteenth chapter of Hebrews, verse one; twenty-ninth chapter of John, verse thirty-nine 11 John 8:56-58 (New International Version) 16:4-6 in Genesis 15:4-6 Colossians 1:16-17 16 Colossians 1:16-17 13 Genesis 21:12 14 Genesis 1 15 Colossians 1:16-17 16 Colossians 1:16-17 In the following categories: Jesus was born to die, Jesus is the Son of God, New Testament Criticism is a term that refers to the study of the New Testament.
  1. There is Only One Way to Heaven, Religion vs.
  2. Relationship, or vice versa Robert Clifton Robinson is a fictional character created by author Robert Clifton Robinson.
  3. Salvation is a completely free gift.

Salvation is provided through Jesus Christ.According to Jesus’ Claims, The Existence of a Supreme Being, The four gospels, or the four books of the Bible, The Historical Jesus, the Historical Jesus, the Historical Jesus Is Jesus the Son of God?New Testament Criticism, New Testament Forensic Evidence, and New Testament Interpretation The New Testament as a Document of Historical Record, Who exactly is Jesus?

How Jesus Became God

Written in support of the new book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (How Jesus Became God), which is available now.A lower-class preacher from Galilee, Jesus predicted that the end of history as he understood it would occur within his own age, in classic apocalyptic style.God was on the verge of interfering in the events of this world in order to vanquish the forces of evil and establish a utopian kingdom on the planet.And he would be the ruler of the kingdom.It did not take place.God’s adversaries crushed Jesus abruptly instead of including him in their ruin.

  1. He was caught, tried, humiliated and tortured before being publicly murdered.
  2. And yet, astonishingly, his followers began to assert that, despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesus was in fact the messiah sent by God not long after.
  3. Even more than that, he was actually an incarnation of the divine, rather than a mere mortal.

And not just any celestial creature, but the most powerful of them.He was the one who put the cosmos together.After extensive deliberation among themselves, they came to the conclusion that he was not a lesser god than the one true God of Israel, the Lord God Almighty himself.Contrary to this, he was completely equal with God; he had always existed alongside God for all of eternity; he shared the same essence as God; and he was a member of the Triune God.What caused this to occur?To go from a Jewish prophecy preacher who ended up on the wrong side of the law and was killed for his efforts to the Creator of all things and All-powerful Lord, we must first go back to the beginning of time.

  • What was the process through which Jesus became God?
  • The question I address in my book is one that I believe is extremely important, not only for Christians who personally believe that Jesus truly is God, but for all of us, whether believers or nonbelievers, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists: all of us who are interested (as well we should be) in the history of Western Civilization.
  • I believe that the answer to this question is ″yes.″ It is not difficult to argue that if Jesus had not been declared God, our civilisation would have evolved in an unimaginably and indescribably different way than it has.
  1. The following are the reasons why.
  2. The disciples of Jesus would have continued to be a sect within Judaism, a tiny group of Jews who believed that Jesus had provided the true interpretation of Jewish law, if he had never been declared to be a divine creature.
  3. Gentiles would not have converted to follow Jesus in the same way that they would not have turned to any other type of Judaism in the first century.

Unless the church become largely Gentile, it would not have had such a steady and astonishing development over the following three hundred years, virtually completely via Gentile converts, that it grew to embrace something like five percent of the Empire.If Christianity had not become a substantial and thriving religion by the beginning of the fourth century, it is virtually clear that the emperor Constantine would not have converted.It seems likely that if Constantine had not converted, large numbers of formerly pagan people would not have joined Christianity in his wake.

It is unlikely that the empire would have become largely Christian.There would have been no establishment of the Christian religion as the state’s official religion if this had happened.The Christian church would never have risen to become the dominant religious, cultural, social, political, and economic power in the Western world if it had not been for the efforts of men like Martin Luther King, Jr.We would not have had the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, or Modernity in the way that we know it if it had not happened.And the majority of us would still be practicing pagans.

All of these developments were predicated on Jesus’ statement that he was God.In other words, what happened to turn Jesus from the crucified commoner to the God-man who created heaven and earth?The solutions are not clear or easy, and my book will hold shocks for both believers and non-believers, depending on their viewpoint.There are many believers who will be surprised to learn that Jesus did not spend his preaching ministry in Galilee proclaiming that he was the second member of the Trinity.This is especially true for very conservative evangelical Christians and others who have had little contact with biblical scholarship.

  1. To the contrary, according to what I explain in my book, it was only after Jesus’ death that his disciples realized that he was God.
  2. The idea that Jesus had been risen from the grave, which had taken them completely by surprise at first, was what caused them to alter their minds.
  3. And how did they come to believe such nonsense?
  • Another surprise is in store for you right here.
  • Nothing to do with the discovery of an empty grave three days after his death, which was a complete coincidence.
  • It’s likely that the disciples did not come across an empty tomb.
  • It’s likely that there wasn’t a tomb.
  1. Because some of Jesus’ disciples (though certainly not all of them) saw visions of him after his death, the followers of Jesus came to believe that he had been revived.
  2. Both Christian and non-Christian historians can agree that visions of Jesus were responsible for convincing some of Jesus’ disciples that he was no longer dead.
  3. Christians would claim that the disciples experienced these visions because Jesus appeared to them in person and spoke with them.

Non-Christians would claim that (at least some of) the disciples were experiencing hallucinations.Hallucinations are something that happens all of the time.Particularly of departed loved ones (such as your grandma, who suddenly arrives in your bedroom) and of prominent religious figures (the Blessed Virgin Mary, who appears regularly in extraordinarily well-documented events).Jesus was both a long-lost loved one and a revered religious leader in his day.

They were perfect candidates for such visionary experiences because they were devastated, saddened, and guilt-ridden, just like their leader.The disciples came to believe that Jesus had been carried up to heaven after claiming that he was alive again but that he was (clearly) no longer with them since he was (obviously) no longer here with them.In ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish thought, a person who was raised to the celestial world was divinized – that is, he was elevated to the status of God.

That’s how the first Christians felt about Jesus, according to historians.In the aftermath, a series of evolutionary forces took hold, leading to the followers of Jesus claiming ever-higher levels of exaltation for him: that he had been made the son of God at his resurrection; no, it had been at his baptism; no, it had been at his birth; no, it had been before he came into the world; no – he had never been made the son of God, he had always been the Son of God; in fact, he had always been God; more There are some exciting innovations taking place.It is of critical importance.Furthermore, it is important not only for those who think that the disciples of Jesus were correct, but also for anybody who is concerned about the circumstances that have produced the world in which we live today.

Did the Council of Nicea Vote Christ as God?

Is it possible that a ″narrow vote″ at the Council of Nicea in AD 325 was the deciding factor in the acceptance of Jesus as God?Among the things we know about Nicea is that it was convened not to determine Jesus’ divinity, but rather to debate the Arian view of Jesus, which held that Jesus was God’s Son who had been appointed to that role, versus the view that the council adopted, which held that Jesus had possessed Sonship from the beginning of time.As a result, the debate was over what kind of Son of God Jesus was, rather than whether or not Jesus was divine.Jesus, according to Arius, was God’s Son, the first created creature having a particular, one-of-a-kind relationship with the Father.What the Council of Nicea ultimately agreed on was that Jesus was the Son from all eternity and had not been created.Constantine convened this council because he desired peace and harmony in the church, and this is why he did so.

  1. The council was attended by between 216 and 316 bishops from all around Christendom, with the great bulk of them coming from the East.
  2. There was no tie in the voting.
  3. What the bishops did was sign a creedal statement known as the Nicean Creed, which is a formal declaration of faith.
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There were just two people who didn’t want to participate, thus the ″vote″ wasn’t even close.214-2 to 314-2 would be considered a landslide by most politicians today (i.e., a ninety-nine percent plus majority!).As a result, there was increased pressure on the council to accept this confession, despite the fact that seventeen people had initially opposed it.When Constantine threatened banishment, that number was reduced to just two individuals.If we take seventeen as the number initially opposed, we still have a sizable minority of fewer than ten percent of those in attendance, which is a significant minority in any case.This idea of a late-developing view of deity also misses the reality that the recognition of Jesus’ divinity is something basic to the earliest Christian scriptures that we have preserved.

  • This appeal is a matter of historical record based on our earliest available evidence.
  • When one examines the writings of Paul (1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Philippians 2:9-11), the unknown author of Hebrews (Hebrews 1:3), the author of Revelation (Revelation 1:1-7 and Revelation 1:4-5), the gospel of John (John 1:1-18), or even Jesus’ own testimony at his Jewish examination (Mark 14:62-65 and parallels), it is clear the claim was that Jesus was at the right hand of God, receiving worship in the same manner as He did.
  • The works on display date from the 1960s to the 1990s of the first century, with the majority dating from the 1960s.
  1. To this testimony can be added the testimony of Pliny the Younger, who wrote as a Roman Governor of Bythnia, a region located far away from Jerusalem.
  2. In a letter to the Roman Emperor Trajan, written around AD 117, he expresses his displeasure with Christians who sing hymns to Jesus as if he were a god.
  3. As a result, even non-Christian literature lend support to the beliefs expressed in the oldest Christian scriptures, which hold that Jesus was adored long before the Council of Nicea.

The belief in Jesus as a divine being was a fundamental conviction of the earliest Christian communities.As the epistle to the Galatians demonstrates, this was believed in the thirties of the first century, based on Paul’s witness and conversion to the Christian religion.The divinity of Jesus was not decided by a razor-thin margin in the early fourth century.

Its origins can be traced back to Jesus himself, which helps to explain why the church, which was originally composed of Jews, adhered to this new interpretation of the doctrine of God.Excerpted from ″De-Coding the DaVinci Code: Seizing the Mars Hill Moments,″ a book published by Discover the Book Ministries.

BibleResearch.org – When Did Jesus Become the Son of God?

  • This is a question that has baffled many people throughout history, and the precise moment in time when Jesus became God’s Son continues to be debated today. We understand that Jesus was sent by God the Father (John 3:13
  • 6:44
  • 16:28), and that he qualified to be our Savior by living a blameless life and voluntarily surrendering his life as the only acceptable sacrifice to atone for our sins. When, on the other hand, did Jesus become the Son of the One whom he addressed as Father? A thorough examination of the events surrounding Jesus’ conception, birth, baptism, and resurrection from the grave is required in order to provide a response to this question: THE PERSPECTIVE ON JESUS’ CONCEPTION Matthew 1:18-23 is a biblical text. ″The following are the historical facts surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph at the time of his birth. However, while she was still a virgin, she was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her fiancé, a man of strong principles, made the decision to call off the wedding but did it secretly so as not to embarrass her in front of others.″ During the time he was awakened by this thought, he had a dream in which he saw an angel standing behind him. A voice from heaven instructed Joseph, son of David, ″don’t be afraid to accept Mary as your wife! Because the Holy Spirit has created a child within her via the power of the Holy Spirit (vs.18-20 LBP). ‘Conceived’ in verse 20 is a translation of the Greek word gennao, which may mean a variety of things such as ″regenerate,″ ″beget,″ ″be born,″ ″bring forth,″ ″conceive,″ ″be delivered of,″ ″engender,″ ″create,″ ″spring,″ and ″spring up.″ And she will give birth to a son, whose name you will call Jesus, because he will rescue his people from their sins, as the Bible says. ″Behold, a virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which is translated as ″God with us,″ as prophesied by the prophet, in order that the word of the Lord would be fulfilled (vs.21-23 KJV). The Greek term for God is theos, which means ″God.″ In these passages, the word ho-theos is used to refer to a Deity, namely the Supreme Divinity. Take note that Jesus was referred to as ″God with us.″ This passage demonstrates that Jesus was one-of-a-kind. The man he was was not just any man
  • he was God manifested in human flesh, and he came to redeem humanity from the consequences of sin. Luke 1:29-35 King James Version ″And the angel comforted her, saying, ″Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have won favor with God.″ As a result of this, you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, whom you will name Jesus″ (vs.30-31). The term conceive is derived from the Greek verb sullambano, which literally translates as ″to conceive,″ as in ″to conceive children.″ This Greek term is used differently by Matthew and Luke, and the discrepancy appears to be in how it is used in the past and future tenses of the verb. According to Matthew, the kid had already been conceived, however according to Luke, the child was still in the process of becoming pregnant. ″He will be renowned, and he will be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.″ (Isaiah 42:6) (v32). Jesus is referred to be the Son of the Most High. The Greek term Hupsistos is translated into the English word Highest, which means highest. Hupsistos signifies the Supreme Being, the Sovereign of the Universe, the Most High, the Highest, and the Supreme God in this context. That which exists as a spirit-being is the Supreme Sovereign beyond all else that exists
  • that which exists as the Sovereign God is the Father of Jesus Christ. ″And he will reign over the family of Jacob for all time, and there will be no end to his kingdom.″ Then Mary inquired of the angel, ″How will this be possible, considering that I do not know a man?″ (vs.33-34). The Influence of the Most High Asked how she would be able to give birth to the Savior because she had not had sexual relations with a man, the angel replied, ″The holy spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you
  • therefore, also, the holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.″ (Luke 1:35) (v35). Note that the force (i.e., the holy spirit) that came from the HIGHEST was responsible for impregnating Mary and starting the process of pregnancy in her body. We are not informed how this was achieved
  • we are just told that it was accomplished by the power of the Father. Clearly, the scriptures state that Jesus was created by the holy spirit
  • yet, could the holy spirit also serve as Jesus’ biological father? Neither Jesus nor anyone else refers to the holy spirit or the spirit of God as if it were a person or an entity with a personality, and there is no such mention of the Father or God’s spirit in the Bible. So it should be evident that the holy spirit was not Jesus’ father, but that the process of conception within Mary was made possible by God the Father’s spirit-power and energy, rather than by the Holy Spirit. Conception in its physical form: The following details regarding the conception of Jesus are recorded in both Matthew and Luke’s accounts: The Father of Jesus was the Sovereign Father of everything that has ever existed. God the Father performed the process of impregnation and conception within Mary’s womb through the power of his spirit, as recorded in Matthew 1:32, 7:21, and Mk.1:9-11. See Matt.1:35
  • at the moment of conception, Jesus became a bodily Son of God. Look at Jn.1:14 and 18 for further information.

THE BIRTH OF JESUS AS A HUMAN BEING Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign; see, a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, whom she will name Immanuel (Isa.7:14 KJV).See also Isa.8:8-10 for further information.Many people are perplexed as to how a physical human could be both God and human at the same time.Answer: Jesus was the Creator God who deliberately chose to give up his immortality and power in order to become a human being; as a result, he was both God and man at the same time.As the God of Israel, Jesus was the inspiration for several prophesies that anticipated his coming as a human being.It is recorded by the New Testament writers that Jesus was in reality a human being as well as the Creator God: ″And the word was become flesh and lived among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as of the only born of the Father), full of grace and truth″ (Jn.1:14 KJV).

  1. Evidence According to the Scriptures, God the Father is the father of Jesus Christ and that God the Father utilized his spirit-power and energy to create the conception of Jesus within Mary’s womb.
  2. This is beyond any reasonable dispute.
  3. It is very obvious that the holy spirit is not a separate entity from God the Father and Jesus Christ, but rather is the driving force and strength of the God family as a whole.

THE GOD WHO DECIDED TO BECOME HUMAN However, despite the fact that several texts demonstrate that Jesus is a member of the God family, many people still believe that Jesus did not exist prior to his conception as a human being.A few of the numerous unequivocal claims made by Jesus and others concerning his pre-existence and eventual return to the location from whence he came are included below.Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God ″Really, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM,″ Jesus tells the Jews, according to the Gospel of John: ″Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM″ (Jn.8:58 KJV).Jesus told these Jews in no uncertain terms that he had existed prior to Abraham’s birth.By addressing them as ‘I Am,’ he conveyed to them the message that he was the Creator God of Abraham.His words infuriated the Jews to such an extent that they immediately attempted to have him killed for what they regarded to be blasphemy.

  • It was God who sent Jesus to earth: ″I came forth from the Father and have come into this world, and I will leave this world and return to the Father″ (Jn.16:28; 3:13 KJV).
  • Jesus stated that he had come out from the Father into the world and would depart it again, but what exactly did he mean by ″again″ was unclear.
  • Unless it is recognized that Jesus is the Creator, the meaning of this sentence will remain a mystery.
  1. Again is derived from the Greek word palin, which meaning ″again,″ ″again and again,″ or ″again and again.″ Jesus visited our world several times in his capacity as the Creator God.
  2. Remember that the Biblical record reveals that Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and many others had direct encounters with the Creator, including seeing him, talking with him, eating with him, and communicating with him.
  3. God was revealed in the Word.

″When God created the world, he placed the Word in the center of it, and the Word became God.The same was true in the beginning with regard to the Creator.He created everything, and without him, there would have been nothing made that was ever produced.

There was life in him, and the life was the light that illuminated the world.And the light shone in the darkness, but the darkness could not fathom it…He was in the world, and the world was formed by him, but the world was unaware of him…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, but the world was unaware of him ″ (Jn.1:1-5,10 KJV).The fact that Jesus was the Creator God before he was born as a human being cannot be disputed.

The Word Has Been Made Flesh Likewise, ″And the Word was made flesh, and lived among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as that of the only born of the Father), full of grace and truth.″ ″And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the splendour as that of the only begotten of the Father)″ (Jn.1:14 KJV).See also Matthew chapters 1 through 4; 1.Jn.4:14-15; Heb.1:1-6; and the rest of the Bible.God manifested in the flesh ″And without a shadow of a doubt, vast is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the gentiles, believed on throughout the world, and accepted into glory″ (1.Tim.3:16 KJV).When we read verse 16, the term manifest is being translated from the Greek word phaneroo, which literally translates as ″appear, announce, or demonstrate.″ In this passage, Paul speaks of the number of witnesses who testified to the truth that Christ, who was the Creator God, became a flesh and blood human being in the person of Jesus Christ.But when did God appear in the flesh, and how did he do so?

  1. There is just one place in the Bible where we can discover the conditions that match all of the descriptive adjectives used in 1.Timothy 3:16, and Jesus is the only person in the Bible who claims to be a representative of and have come from the Father.
  2. To summarize: reasoning dictates that God (the Creator/Jesus) presented himself in the flesh when he was born into this physical world.
  3. Furthermore, at the moment of his actual conception, Jesus was declared to be the Son of God by the Father.
  • Two extremely significant events occurred at the moment of God’s bodily appearance (the Creator/Jesus): first, God (the Creator/Jesus) manifested himself in the form of a human being.
  1. God made Jesus into a Son of God at his conception
  2. Jesus became a bodily Son of God at his birth
  3. and Jesus became a Son of God

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