How can Jesus be God and the Son of God?

by Steve Bruecker

Question:  The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is the Son of God.  The Bible also teaches Jesus is fully God and fully man.  How can He be both?

Answer:  Historically, Jesus being called the “Son of God,” a Jew would have equated this title to calling Jesus the one true God. The Jews were monotheistic  and would never have believed God the Father had an offspring called the Son. Jehovah’s Witnesses contend, Son of God points to Jesus being a “lesser” god; a created being. Isaiah 43-48 clearly teaches there is only one God and refutes the idea of “a lesser god.” The Jews during the time of Jesus would never have believed in a lesser god, a belief that was not monotheistic. Therefore, when Jesus was called the Son of God or called himself the Son of God He was claiming to be fully God. This of course was blasphemy, worthy of death.

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I will use Scriptures to support this argument. We read in John 5:15-18; 25 “The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” 18 For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God… 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” Jesus not only called himself the Son of God in verse 25 but in verse 17 he called God His Father; to the Jews this was blasphemy, making himself equal with God…

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How can Jesus be God and the Son of God?