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Religious Article by Thomas Thompson
Source:  The Bible Expositor (Santa Rosa, California), v. 1, n. 6, April 1871.  (Microfilm courtesy of Abilene Christian College, TX; photocopy courtesy of Dr. James V. Spickard, University of Redlands, CA; transcribed by Diana Gale Matthiesen.)
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What Think Ye of Christ? -- Whose Son is He?

"THEY say unto him, the son of David.  He saith unto them, How then doth David in the spirit call him Lord, saying, the Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand till I make thine enemies they footstool?  If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?"  Mat. xxii. 42-45.  These questions confounded the Pharises, and should confound all those that have no higher conception of Christ, for he was not only a descendant of Judah, Abraham and David, but was David's Lord and Creator.  We will cite a few passages to show his divine character before he was David's son, and how he became his son.  John says:  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made."  "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not."  John i. 1, 3, 10.  Now turn to the first chpter in the Bible and observe, "God said let there be light, and there was light," and so with the several items mentioned in the chapter.  They all came into existence as David says, "The Lord commanded, and they were created."  Jeremiah, speaking of God, says, "He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by his discretion."  Paul, speaking of God, says, "Who created all things by Jesus Christ."  Again Paul say, "But unto them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."  Paul, speaking of Christ, says, "For by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him and for him."

We will now cite a few passages showing the manner of his becoming the Son of God, and Son of David, and seed of Abraham:  "Wherefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive and bare (sic) a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."  Isa. vii. 14.  "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 Wonderul, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."  Ch. ix. 6.

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Now when this prophecy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled, God sent the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary, and among other things, told her that "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."  Luke i. 35.  "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on him the seed of Abraham; wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren."  Heb. ii. 16, 17.  God said to Moses, "I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I command them," etc.  Deut. xvii. 18.

The foregoing passages not only prove conclusively that Jesus was God's word, power, and wisdom, by which he made all things, but they show how and when he became Immanuel, God with us, or God manifest in the flesh, or how David's Lord became his son, and yet but one Christ.  Now, as God's power was eternal and his wisdom infinte, this being connected with the seed of Abraham, not much wonder that he at twelve years old according to the flesh, astonished by his wisdom the wise men of his day; and when we understand his true character we can very safely account for all his superhuman acts, which prove him to the God's son and David's Lord.  Now, notwithstanding all his miracles in proof of his divinity, he was put to death because he confessed the truth, that he was God's Son.  Nor can I see how his apostles, even independent of the voice at his baptism which probably they heard that proclaimed him the Son of God, could have helped but believe that fact; they must have been well posted in all the surroundings of his begetting and birth; they had seen him create the provision as the thousands ate, and the great quantity of fragments that remained; cure all manner of diseases; raise the dead, etc., even before he asked them who he was.  No wonder Peter so readily answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," for he had been saved from drowning by that glorious hand.

T. THOMPSON
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