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“I am the Son of God” #2399

34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’? 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”” (John 10:34–38, NKJV)

Jesus supported His teaching that He is the Son of God from Psalm 82:6 by making a logical progression from the lesser to the greater. (His reasoning was sound; Scripture’s binding authority “cannot be broken,” John 10:35.) This Scripture described men as “gods” in their capacity as judges (John 10:34). Since men (who worked as judges among the people) were called gods, Jesus (who worked miracles among the people) could be called the Son of God (John 10:36-38). His mighty works were sufficient evidence that He and the Father “are one” (i.e., “the Father is in Me, and I in Him,” John 10:25, 30, 38). Jesus did not commit blasphemy by saying so; He spoke the truth (John 10:36). Those who wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy were not convinced and unsuccessfully tried to seize Him (John 10:31-33, 39). The miraculous signs of Jesus demonstrate He is the Son of God. The question to ask ourselves is whether we believe this truth or deny the words and works of Jesus like they did (John 10:37-39). What will your answer be?

Blasphemies #1580

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:19, NKJV)

The last in this series of sins proceeding from the heart is blasphemies. It means to speak evil of or to rail against (Strong’s Dict.); railing, reviling, “slanderous detraction, speech injurious to another’s good name” (Thayer). Blasphemy is the expression of malice and contempt, and can be directed toward God and toward people (Matthew 12:31-32; Colossians 3:8; 1 Timothy 6:4). The sin of blasphemy is notably applied to “impious and reproachful speech” against God and His divine majesty (cf. Daniel 11:36; Mark 2:7). For example, taking God’s name in vain is surely a form of blasphemy because such cursing impiously slanders God (Exodus 20:7). Like Saul before his conversion, we are blasphemers when we speak against Christ and His gospel (1 Timothy 1:13). This warns us that even when we think we are serving God (as did Saul), we may in fact be blasphemers (Acts 26:9-11; John 16:2). Take extreme care not to speak against the truth of Christ, for to do so is to speak against God Himself (Revelation 2:9). To rail against the Bible is blasphemy against God Himself. Guard your heart so it does not lead your mouth to blasphemy the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and God’s holy word. Speak kindly of men, too (Ephesians 4:31-32). Slanderous reviling reveals a malicious heart that must be put away (James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:1-3).