I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.'” I Chronicles 17:13-14
Human reason objects to this passage. Considering itself ten times wiser than God, reason asks, “How can God give us his eternal power to someone else? What would he be keeping for himself?” Now, it’s true that god has said, “I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8). It would be especially difficult for God to give his glory to a mere human being, who was born in time and not eternal. But Christians do acknowledge that Jesus was a human being. He was Mary’s son and David’s descendant. He was born, and he died.
Furthermore, people of other religions deduce that God can’t have a son because he doesn’t have a wife. Why do these people think they can contain the incomprehensible nature of God in the nutshell of their human reason? Shame on you, Satan, as well as all others who are students of blind, foolish, miserable human reason. No one can fully understand these lofty matters but God alone. All we know about them is what the Holy Spirit has revealed to us through Scripture.
Christians can answer these objections correctly, clearly, and accurately because they have insight form the New Testament. God’s Son has two natures in one inseparable person. He is one Christ, not two Christs. The Father gave Christ, his Son, eternal divinity – not in time, but from all eternity. The Father gave his divinity to Christ completely and fully, just as the Father himself possessed divinity from eternity. When he gave it to Christ, the Father didn’t lose any divinity himself. Rather, he gave to the Son the same power, which he still retains in eternity. There are not two deities. Rather, God the Father and Christ are united in one deity.
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Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.
Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.