Christ – The Second Person of the Holy Trinity
The Lord Jesus Christ – The Second Person Of The Holy Trinity
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
(1 John 5:7)
Errors concerning the Trinity and the distinct personality and Godhead of our Lord Jesus Christ are abundant. And where there is error regarding the Person of Christ error regarding his work will follow. We must be clear in our understanding.
God the Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. All true believers are Trinitarians. It is written in the Book of God, “There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Can language be more specifically clear?
This is the doctrine of the Holy Scripture.
There is only one true and living God. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is one LORD” (Deuteronomy 6:4).
This one God subsists in three separate and distinct Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the Son or the Spirit. The Son is not the Father or the Spirit. The Spirit is not the Son or the Father. But the three divine Persons in the Trinity are one God, in every way, at all times, and in all things perfectly equal.
Only Begotten Son
The Lord Jesus Christ is God the eternal Son, the only begotten of the Father. God the eternal Son, the everlasting Word, was made flesh and dwelt among us.
In him is revealed the glory of God, “the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Christ alone is that one of whom the Father says, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 17:5).
Our Savior is God the eternal Son. He did not become the Son of God in time. He ever was, ever is, and ever shall be the Son of God.
He is the eternally begotten Son of the Father.
No man can explain that!
But all who are born of God believe it!
This is the foundational confession upon which the church of Christ and all the Christianity is built: — “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
The whole of the Christian faith stands or falls with this doctrine.
To deny our Savior’s eternal Deity and eternal sonship is to deny the whole gospel.
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”
(1 John 2:22-23)
Our eternal election stands or falls with the eternal sonship of Christ, for we were chosen in him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9).
Our redemption stands or falls with the eternal sonship of Christ, for he is the Lamb that was “slain before the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
Our eternal preservation stands or falls with the eternal sonship of Christ, for nothing can survive to eternity but that which came from eternity. Our Lord said, “Because I live, ye shall live also” (John 14:19).
Only God the eternal Son can save us and make us accepted in himself, as the sons of God!
Therefore, all who know Christ, all who trust him, all who are born of God rejoice to declare, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!”
By Don Fortner