The Theological Debate (Article 2) Please look at sentence constructions and advise.
Do Seventh-day Adventists Believe In The Trinity?
As stated in my last article, the answer to this question is yes! Seventh-day Adventists believe unequivocally in the doctrine of the Trinity. Not long ago a member of the church I pastor called me wanting to know where to find the word Trinity in the Bible. I explained to her that the word trinity is not in the Bible, but the components are there. Since nobody has a discrepancy with God the Father, this week we begin our study on the second person of the Godhead, “God the Son” as we answer the question; Why do Seventh-day Adventists believe that Jesus Christ is God.
Interestingly, those who do not support the teaching of the trinity try to use the Holy Scriptures to support their position. They often ask this question. Isn’t Jesus the Son of God? Those who support the doctrine would give the desired response which is yes. The moment you state that Jesus is the Son of God those who oppose this doctrine would hasten to inform you that the Bible also says that Adam is the son of God (Luke 3:28), and “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14). This is their attempt to portray Jesus as a created being, or one who is not equal to God the Father. They would also quote text such as “My father is greater than I.” (John 14:28), without applying Philippians 2:7 which says “Jesus took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men”, or, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14).
It is true the Bible says that Jesus is the Son of God, but it is also true that Jesus often referred to Himself as the Son of Man. A great number of people believe that the title Son of God means that Jesus is divine; and the title Son of man refers to his humanity. However, it is actually the other way around. Son of God speaks to His humanity, while Son of Man confirms that He is divine.
In the Jewish context, Son of God was a common title given to men with special gifts and abilities. However, Son of man was used as a divine designation. In order to understand the significance of the title Son of Man, you have to read it in the context of Daniel 7:13-14. (Please Read). Daniel 7:13-14 states that the Son of Man’s kingdom will never pass away. Additionally, it also says that the Son of Man receives worship. Based on the scriptures only God is worthy of worship (Matthew 4:10), and only God’s kingdom has no end (Daniel 2:44).
In His attempt to help us understand who He is, Jesus referred to Himself over and over again by using the divine title “Son of Man.” For example “… they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27, “… the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.” Mark 2:10”, “… the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Mark 2: 27, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” etc. All of these references are attributes of God the Father, yet Jesus informed us that He has the same prerogatives.
The terminology “Son of Man” is used 85 times in the four gospels. Only twice is the expression used by men, and on both occasions it was used for criticism and unbelief. By using this title alone we can safely say that on 83 different occasions in the four Gospels alone, plus scores of other passages of scripture such as: “I and my Father are one”, and “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” are clear statements made by Jesus declaring that is God, or equal to the Father. In my next article we will continue to substantiate the fact that Jesus is God, by looking at a variety of other scriptures found in the Old and New Testament.
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