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The Faith Once Delievered (2 of 15)
God the Son
Clarence E. Macartney
There are two opinions, two verdicts, about Jesus
Christ. Which is the true verdict? When the ship
reached the land after the storm that night on the Sea
of Galilee when Jesus walked on the sea and stilled
the tempest, His disciples worshiped Him, saying, "Of
a truth, thou art the Son of God." The other verdict
was that of the scribes and Pharisees, who, when they
went to Pilate and asked for a guard at the sepulcher,
lest His disciples should come and steal His body and
pretend that He was risen from the grave, said, "That
deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three
days I will rise again."
The "Son of God" or "that deceiver"-which was He?
Between the two conclusions there is no logical
stopping place. A celebrated New England preacher,
William Ellery Channing, once said that if we try to
follow Christ and obey His words, it makes no
difference what rank we ascribe to Him. But it
certainly does make a difference whether He was a
deceiver or the Son of God. And, as we shall see, He
must have been one of the two. Moreover, Christ
Himself took particular pains to ask His disciples
what they believed concerning Him and His rank. He
also asked His enemies, the scribes and the Pharisees,
that question about His rank, "Whose son is he?" The
idea that it makes little difference has found
expression, although in a reverent manner, in the
following lines by Richard Watson Gilder:
If Jesus Christ is a man-
And only a man-I say
That of all mankind I cleave to him,
And to him will I cleave alway.
If Jesus Christ is a god-
And the only God-I swear
I will follow Him through heaven and hell,
The earth, the sea, and the air!1
But when you think of it, such a position is absurd,
for if Christ is not God, as He claims He is, then He
was a deceiver, unworthy of being followed or admired,
and not only a de ...
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