The Challenge of the Christian Theology and more …
/ Ewald Frank
15. Was the Son born in heaven?
- Does all happen by chance?
- The time is near
- The only valid measuring rod
- The old dispute
- The testimony of historians
- History confirms it
- God’s confession
- God manifests Himself
- In heaven and on earth
- The Lord visits His prophet
- The »I am«
- Was the Son born in heaven?
- Spirit and Truth
- Very peculiar
- Respect for the Great Mystery
- Everyone defends his or her own doctrine
- The rock
- The Great Commission
- Thou shalt have no other gods …
- Believe as the Scripture says
- An unbelievable tragedy
- The end-time
- A challenge to all
- No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- New creation
- The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- The two beginnings
- The course of church history
- No man’s influence
In the Nicene/Constantinople creed we find the following statement about Jesus Christ, »… God’s Son, born of the Father before all time: God from God, light from light, true God from the true God, begotten, not created, of one nature with the Father …« Where do we find this in the Bible that God in heaven has brought forth another divine person, a Son, who was begotten and born in eternity? Nowhere! Such a thought is not only totally unscriptural; it is also against reasoning. Until now only mothers have given birth to children, who were begotten by fathers. The birth of the Son, the Messiah, Who is the Anointed One , was foretold throughout the Old Testament since the first promise in Gen. 3: 15 after the fall in paradise. In Micah 5 we find the prediction that He would be born in the city of Bethlehem, which means »House of bread«, as we find confirmed in the Gospels. He is the living bread who came down from heaven (Jn. 6: 48-58). In reference to the Son of God we must not only remain with the subject, we must stay with the Truth of God’s Word.
As God manifested Himself throughout the Old Testament period in visible form as the Lord, so He came in the New Testament into a body of flesh . »… A body hast thou prepared me … to do thy will, O God.« (Heb. 10: 5+7; Ps. 40: 7-8). From this moment we not only see the Son but also the Father. The »I am« is now also the »thou art«, the second Adam (1 Cor. 15: 45-49), the beginning of the new creation of God (Rev. 3: 14), the first-born among many brethren (Rom. 8: 29) as well as the first-born from the dead (Col. 1: 18; Rev. 1: 5). All this happened for our sake. He had to be the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world (Jn. 1: 29). He had to be the High Priest, Who went with His Own blood into the heavenly sanctuary (Heb. 9: 11-12). He has to be the Mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2: 5). He has to be the Advocate with the Father until the redeemed have reached their completion (1 Jn. 2: 1).
Everything written in the Old Testament in reference to the Son was still in the future:
»… Out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she who travaileth hath brought forth …« (Mic. 5: 2b-3a).
»I will be his father, and he shall be my son.« (2 Sam. 7: 14; Heb. 1: 5).
»… Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.« (Ps. 2: 7; Acts 13: 33; Heb. 1: 5; 5: 5). Eternity has no today and no tomorrow. The »today« according to Hebrews 4: 7 and other Scriptures is the »day of Salvation«, the »acceptable time of grace« (2 Cor. 6: 2).
»I was cast upon thee from the womb; thou art my God from my mother’s body.« (Ps. 22: 10; Lk. 1: 26-38).
»Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.« (Isa. 7: 14; Mt. 1: 18-25).
» For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.« (Isa. 9: 6; Lk. 1: 31-35).
»He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn …« (Ps. 89: 26-27). Many more Scriptures could be listed.
The fulfilment of these Bible prophecies concerning the birth of the Son of God is clearly shown in the Gospels and can be easily read. Luke records: When Mary heard the announcement given by the Angel Gabriel about the birth of the Son she was very surprised and said, »How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered, and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.« (Lk. 1: 34-35).
A Father in heaven did not give birth to the Son, but rather the virgin who conceived here on earth. That is the only true doctrine of the Bible about the birth of the Son. The Father has begotten the Son, therefore the Son is the one begotten in the womb of Mary. The emphasis in Scripture is placed on the »only begotten Son of God« (Jn. 3: 16-18 a. o.).
The promised Son was begotten once and born here on earth. There is no dual sonship, also there is only one fatherhood. Before appearing as the »Son« He was the Word, the Logos, the Lord Who now took upon Himself the shape of a servant. »God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds« (Heb. 1: 1-2).
The church fathers that came from heathenism remained with the theme but not with the revealed truth of the Holy Scriptures. With their Babylonian, Egyptian, and Greek concepts about gods and deities they made a grievous mistake, which later became a common church doctrine and also was adopted as a »tenet« by all other churches. In their declaration they invented the totally unscriptural, and yes, paradoxical thesis that the Son already existed in heaven as a divine and separate person and that the preexisting Son then became a Son on earth. Where does the Bible teach such a doctrine? Nowhere! From that followed more oriental-mesopotamic mythology, calling Mary the »mother of God« as was proclaimed in the Council of Ephesus (431 A. D.), but is not found a single time in the Bible.
The argument concerning God sending the Son is pointless without the revelation that before He was born as Son He was the Word, the Logos. Is it written, »In the beginning was the Son.«? No, but rather: »In the beginning was the Word … And the Word was made, (became) flesh.«
In all the ages God did send His servants and prophets. Moses was a man sent from God: »… The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go …« (Ex. 7: 16).
John the Baptist was a man sent from God to prepare the way of the Lord. »Behold, I send my messenger before thy face …« (Mk. 1: 2).
Also the twelve apostles were sent ones (Mt. 10: 5), the seventy were also sent (Lk. 10: 1). Paul was a sent one, as he was told, »Depart; for I will send thee far from here unto the Gentiles.« (Acts 22: 21).
The Lord Himself said, »Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.« (Jn. 13: 20).
Thus saith the Lord, »… as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.« (Jn. 20: 21).
He also said, »I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes …« (Mt. 23: 34).
»O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them who are sent unto thee …« (Mt. 23: 37). All these who were sent were born on earth as was the Son of God. Therefore He could say, »… for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent Me.« (Jn. 8: 16b).