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Re: If You are the Son of God

To go with this month's article: "God: the Son"

    "And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become bread." (Mt4:3)

    "Then the devil takes Him up into the holy city, and sets Him on the wing of the temple, and says to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge concerning you, and, in their hands they shall bear you up, that you may not dash your foot against a stone." (Mt4:5-6)

    "You who destroys the temple and builds it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." (Mt27:40)

    "Now the serpent was more cunning than any living thing of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said to the woman, Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Ge3:1)

    "And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not die the death. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be as God, knowing good and evil." (Gen3:4-5)

Years ago before Bill Clinton was president, during the 'prosperous' years under Reagan and Bush Sr, I would go home for lunch, boil up the pan of water and drop in the Ramen noodles. During the noon, Rush Limbaugh used to have a half-hour TV talk/news show. I don't know about now, but at the time he used to be a staunch conservative. And of course, he didn't have much use for the "greenies". This one day he reported on this little sea creature environmentalists had taken under their wing because it had been "chomped" into and been injured. So they nurse it back to health....and with MUCH POMP they gather this whole collection of earth worshipers who take this creature (was it a baby sea otter? or something similar?) With much pomp and -REVERENCE- they take this creature to the shore and drop it into the water...rejoicing at the 'good deed' they had just done, to "save the wildlife" of the 'environment'...and they were 'proud' of themselves for having done it ...and no sooner had they dropped the creature in, than a -much- 'larger' creature came along and gobbled it up...in one gulp!!! ...to the horrified gasps of the assembly!!! Of course, Rush busted out laughing as he told it, and the environmentalists' 'horror' of the event.

(I only mention Reagan and Bush because once Clinton was in office, the economy steadily decreased, enough so that to save the noon-time gas money I got a hotplate and fixed my romen at the store, learned to give myself haircuts, and such. And once GW came into office, the economy 'jumped' again. Not 'imagining' things. Just...the 'bottom line' what it was.)

Nature is full of instances of a young life-form frought with peril to just make an 'appearance' into life. Certain sea turtles come to mind, where they hatch out onto the beach and swim into the ocean, and what percentage don't make it past the breakers, because something bigger comes along and makes a meal out of them? Etc,etc.

What would this situation be like if sin hadn't entered into the world? Instead of tending towards death, would animals have an abundance of life? All we know is 'death'. Such is satan and his 'leadership'.

So, Adam and Eve are just barely on the scene in a 'perfect' environment, and along comes the Serpent to spoil it! Has God (really) said? Naw...He knows better than that. He is wanting to keep "godhood" from you!

So then God sends His Son to save sinful man. Jesus fulfills the 'sign' by having John immerse Him. The Father announces:

    "And behold a voice out of heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mt3:17) "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him." (Mt17:5)
And just like with Eve..."Did God really say....?" With the Son the pronouncement has been made, "This is My beloved Son" So satan comes along: IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD. Just who do You think You are? You're not so great...you were born just like any other baby is born. If You're God....PROVE IT! Make some bread. Jump from this tall place. And as He is hanging on the cross...If You are the Son of God...come down off the cross. C'mon...show Your power. You -say- You are God. Coming off the cross should be no major feat for somebody possessed of power. C'mon. You -say- You're God....PROVE IT!

And of course, if satan was seeking to "be like the Most High" (Is14:14), Jesus would be God's "offspring", right? If he wants to take God's place, well, for sure, he wants to keep the 'heir' from coming to power.

So...when did Jesus know that He was God's Son? It says that the child would "know to refuse the evil and choose the good" (Is7:15-16) at a certain point. And one of the truths about Jesus is that He came "in the flesh" (1Jn4:1-3) When He was twelve He knew that God was His "Father". (Lk2:49) When He was preparing to go to the cross it says, "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He was come from God and was going to God" (Jn13:3) If the 'conclusion' of His life was that He "knows" that God is His Father, there is the inherit suggestion/understanding that there was some time (back before He was 12?) that He, as a child, didn't know?

We've also looked at this in the past:

How do we, as Christians, know good from evil? Spiritual 'maturity'. And how do we get that?
    "But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their understanding exercised to discern both good and evil." (Heb5:14)
But did Jesus have to "exercise"? It says of Him that He "was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Heb4:15) And as such "He is able to help those who are tested" (Heb2:18)

On this side of the Resurrection/Rapture we may not have all the answers.

    "For now we see through a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall fully know just as I also am fully known." (1Co13:12)

    "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." (1Jn3:2-3)

Satan perhaps figured he had "gotten" Jesus real good when He died on the cross?
    "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1Co15:55-58)
Amen!