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Demonstration 17 (Of Christ the Son of

God)
1.(Thisis)areplyagainsttheJews,whoblasphemethepeoplegatheredfromamongtheGentiles
fortheysaythus,"Youworshipandserveamanwhowasbegotten,asonofmanwhowascrucified,
andyoucallasonofmen,God.AndthoughGodhasnoson,yousayconcerningthiscrucified
Jesus,thatHeistheSonofGod."Andtheybringforwardasanargument,thatGodsaid:"Iam
GodandthereisnoneelsebesideMe."Deuteronomy32:39Andagainhesaid:"Youshallnot
worshipanotherGod."Exodus34:14Therefore,(saythey),youareopposingGodinthatyoucall
aman,God.

2.Concerningthesethings,mybeloved,sofarasI,inmyinsignificance,cancomprehend,Iwill
instructyouaboutthem,thatwhilewegranttothemthatHeisman,and(while)weatthesame
timehonourHimandcallHimGodandLord,yetitisnotinanynovelfashion,thatwehaveso
calledHim,northatwehaveappliedtoHimanovelname,whichtheythemselvesdidnotemploy.
Yetitisasurethingwithus,thatJesusourLordisGod,theSonofGod,andtheKing,theKing's
Son,Lightoflight,CreatorandCounsellor,andGuide,andtheWay,andRedeemer,andShepherd,
Gatherer,andtheDoor,andthePearl,andtheLampandbymany(such)namesisHesurnamed.
Butweshallleaveasideall(therest)ofthem,andproveconcerningHim,thatHeWhocamefrom
GodistheSonofGod,and(is)God.

3.FortheveneratednameofGodheadhasbeenappliedalsotorighteousmen,andtheyhavebeen
heldworthytobecalledbyit.AndthemenwithwhomGodwaswellpleased,themHecalled,My
sons,andMyfriends.WhenHechoseMosesHisfriendandHisbelovedandmadehimchiefand
teacherandpriestuntohispeoplehecalledhimGod.ForHesaidtohim:IhavemadeyouaGod
untoPharaoh.Exodus6:1AndHegavehimHispriestforaprophet,AndAaronyourbrothershall
speakforyouuntoPharaoh,andyoushallbeuntohimasaGod,andheshallbeuntoyouan
interpreter.Exodus7:1ThusnotalonetotheevilPharaohdidHemakeMosesGod,butalso
untoAaron,theholypriest,HemadeMosesGod.

4.Again,hearconcerningthetitleSonofGod,bywhichwehavecalledHim.Theysaythat"though
Godhasnoson,youmakethatcrucifiedJesus,thefirstbornsonofGod."YetHe
calledIsrael"Myfirstborn,"whenHesenttoPharaohthroughMosesandsaidtohim,Israelis
MyfirstbornIhavesaiduntoyou,letMySongotoserveMe,andifyouarenotwillingtolet
(him)go,lo!Iwillslayyourson,yourfirstborn.Exodus4:2223Andalsothroughthe
ProphetHosea11:12Hetestifiedconcerningthis,andreprovedthemandsaidtothepeople,Out
ofEgypthaveIcalledMyson.AsIcalledthem,sotheywentandworshippedBaaland
offeredincensetothegravenimages.AndIsaiahsaidIsaiah1:2concerningthem,ChildrenhaveI
rearedandbroughtup,andtheyhaverebelledagainstMe.Andagainitiswritten,Youarethe
childrenoftheLordyourGod.Deuteronomy14:1AndaboutSolomonHesaid,HeshallbetoMea
son,andIwillbetohimaFather.2Samuel8:14SoalsowecalltheChrist,theSonofGod,for
throughHimwehavegainedtheknowledgeofGodevenasHecalledIsraelMyfirstbornson,and
asHesaidconcerningSolomon,HeshallbetoMeason.AndwecallHimGod,evenasHe
surnamedMosesbyHisownName.AndalsoDavidsaidconcerningthem:YouareGodsand
childrenoftheHighest,allofyou.Andwhentheyamendednotthemselves,thereforeHesaid
concerningthem:Asmenshallyoudie,andasoneoftheprincesshallyoufall.
5.ForthenameofDivinityisgivenforthehighesthonourintheworld,andwithwhomsoeverGod
iswellpleased,Heappliesittohim.Buthowever,thenamesofGodaremanyandarevenerable,as
HedeliveredHisnamestoMoses,sayingtohim:IamtheGodofyourfathers,
theGodofAbrahamandtheGodofIsaacandtheGodofJacob.ThisisMyNameforever,and
thisisMymemorialuntogenerations.Exodus3:6,15AndHecalledHisnameAhiyahashar
Ahiyah,ElShaddaiandAdonaiSabaoth.BythesenamesisGodcalled.Thegreat
andhonourablenameofGodheadHewithheldnotfromHisrighteousonesevenas,thoughHeis
thegreatKing,withoutgrudgingHeappliedthegreatandhonourablenameofKingshiptomen
whoareHiscreatures.

6.ForbythemouthofHisprophetGodcalledtheheathenKingNebuchadnezzar,Kingof
Kings.ForJeremiahsaid:Everypeopleandkingdomthatshallnotputhisneckintotheyoke
ofNebuchadnezzar,KingofKings,Myservant,withfamineandwithswordandwithpestilence
willIvisitthatpeople.ThoughHeisthegreatKing,HegrudgesnotthenameofKingshiptomen.
And(so),thoughHeisthegreatGod,yetHegrudgednotthenameofGodheadtothesonsofflesh.
AndthoughallfatherhoodisHis,Hehascalledmenalsofathers.ForHesaidtothecongregation:
Insteadofyourfathers,shallbeyourchildren.AndthoughauthorityisHis,Hehasgivenmen
authorityoneoveranother.AndwhileworshipisHisuntohonour,Hehasyetalloweditinthe
world,thatonemanshouldhonouranother.Foreventhoughamanshoulddoworshipbefore
thewickedandtheheathenandthemthatrefusegrace,yetishenotcensuredbyGod.And
concerningworshipHecommandedHispeople,Youshallnotworshipthesunorthemoonorall
thehostsofheavenandalsoyoushallnotdesiretoworshipanycreaturethatisuponthe
earth.Deuteronomy4:17BeholdthegraceandtheloveofourgoodMaker,thatHedidnotgrudge
tomenthenameofGodheadandthenameofworship,andthenameofKingship,andthenameof
authoritybecauseHeistheFatherofthecreatedthingsthatareoverthefaceoftheworld,andHe
hashonouredandexaltedandglorifiedmenaboveallcreatures.ForwithHisholyhandsHe
fashionedthemandofHisSpiritHebreathedintothem,andadwellingplacedidHebecomeunto
themfromofold.InthemdoesHeabideandamongthemdoesHewalk.ForHesaidthrough
theprophet,Iwilldwellinthem,andwalkinthem.Leviticus26:12FurthermorealsotheProphet
Jeremiahsaid:YouarethetempleoftheLord,ifyoumakefairyourwaysand
yourdeeds.Jeremiah7:45AndofoldDavidsaid:You,Lord,hastbeenadwellingplaceuntous
forgenerationsbeforethemountainswereconceivedandbeforetheearthtravailed,andbefore
theworldwasframedfromagetoageYouareGod.

7.Howdoyouunderstandthis?Foroneprophetsays:Lord,Youhavebeenourdwelling
place.Andanothersaid:Iwilldwellinthemandwalkinthem.First,Hebecametousadwelling
place,andafterwardsHedweltandwalkedinus.Forthewiseboththingsaretrueandsimple.For
Davidsays:You,Lord,havebeenourdwellingplaceforgenerations,beforethemountainswere
conceivedandbeforetheearthtravailed,andbeforetheworldwasframed.Andyouknow,my
beloved,thatallcreatedthingsthatareaboveandthatarebeneathwerecreatedfirst,andafter
themall,man.ForwhenGoddeterminedtocreatetheworldwithallitsgoodlythings,firstHe
conceivedandfashionedmaninHismindandafterthatAdamwasconceivedinHisthought,then
Heconceivedthecreatedthingsashesaid:Beforethemountainswereconceivedandtheearth
travailedbecausemanisolderandmoreancientinconceptionthanthecreatures,butinbirththe
creaturesareolderandmoreancientthanAdam.Adamwasconceivedanddweltinthethought
ofGodandwhileinconceptionhe(man)washeldinHis(God's)mind,He(God)bythewordof
Hismouthcreatedallthecreatures.AndwhenHehadfinishedandadornedtheworld,when
nothingwaslackinginit,thenHebroughtforthAdamfromHisthoughts,andfashionedmanby
HishandsandAdamsawtheworldcompleted.AndHe(God)gavehimauthorityoverallthatHe
hadmade,justasamanwhohasasonanddesirestomakeforhimamarriagefeast,betrothsto
himawifeandbuildsforhimahouse,andpreparesandadornsallthatisneededforhissonthen
hemakesthemarriagefeastandgiveshissonauthorityoverhishouse.Soaftertheconceptionof
Adam,Hebroughthimforthandgavehimauthorityoverallhiscreation.Concerningthisthe
Prophetsaid:You,Lord,hastbeenourhabitationforgenerations,beforethemountainswere
conceived,andbeforetheearthtravailedandbeforetheworldwasframed.Fromageuntoage
YouaretheLord.ThatnooneshouldsupposethatthereisanotherGod,eitherbeforeor
afterwards,hesaid:Fromageanduntoage,justasIsaiahsaid:IamthefirstandIamthelast.
AndafterthatGodbroughtforthAdamfromwithinHisthought,Hefashionedhim,andbreathed
intohimofHisSpirit,andgavehimtheknowledgeofdiscernment,thathemightdiscerngood
fromevil,andmightknowthatGodmadehim.AndinasmuchasmanknewhisMaker,Godwas
formedandconceivedwithinhisthought,andhebecameatempleforGodhisMaker,asitis
written,YouarethetempleofGod.And(so)HeHimselfsaid:Iwilldwellinthemandwalkin
them.ButasforthesonsofAdam,whodonotrecognisetheirMaker,Heisnotformedwithin
them,anddoesnotdwellinthem,andisnotconceivedintheirthoughtbuttheyareaccounted
beforeHimasthebeasts,andastherestofthecreatures.

8.Nowbythesethingsthestubbornwillbeconvinced,thatitisnothingstrangethatwecallChrist
theSonofGod.Forbehold,He(God)conceivedallmenandbroughtthemforthfromHisthoughts.
AndtheywillbeforcedtoownthatthenameofGodheadalsobelongstoHim(Christ),forHe
(God)associatedtherighteousalsointhenameofGod.Andastothis,thatwe
worshipJesusthroughWhomwehaveknownGod,letthembeashamed,inasmuchastheyfall
downandworshipandhonoureventheheathenoftheuncleanGentiles,iftheypossessauthority
and(forthis)thereisnoblame.AndthishonourofworshipGodhasgiventothesonsofAdam,
thatbyittheymighthonouroneanotherespeciallythosewhoexcelandareworthy
ofhonouramongthem.Foriftheyworship,andhonourwiththenameofworship,theheathen
thosewhointheirheathenwickednessdenyeventhenameofGodandyetdonotworshipthem
astheirmaker,asthoughtheyworshippedthemalone,andsodonotsinhowmuchmoredoesit
becomeustoworshipandhonourJesus,Whoconvertedourstubbornmindsfromallworshipof
vainerror,andtaughtustoworshipandserveandministertotheoneGod,ourFatherandour
Maker.And(taughtus)toknowthatthekingsoftheworldcallthemselvesGodsbythenameofthe
greatGod,andareinfidelsandforcementoinfidelity,andmenfalldownandworshipbeforethem
andserveandhonourthem,likecarvenimagesandidols,yetthelawnevercensuredthese,and
thereisnosin.AsDanielalsousedtodoworshiptoNebuchadnezzar,KingofBabylon,
theinfidelandcompellertoinfidelity,andwasnotcensured.JosephalsogaveworshiptoPharaoh,
anditisnotwrittenthatitwasasinforhim.Butasforus,wearecertainthatJesusisGod,theSon
ofGod,andthroughHimweknowHisFather,and(have)allofus(turnedaway)fromallother
worship.ThereforeitisimpossibleforustorepayHimWhoborethesethingsforus.Butby
worshipletuspayHimhonourinreturnforHisafflictionthatwasonourbehalf.

9.Furthermore,wemustprovethatthisJesuswasbeforehandpromisedfromancienttimesinthe
Prophets,andwascalledtheSonofGod.Davidsaid:YouareMySontodayhaveIbegotten
You.Againhesaid:Inthegloriesofholiness,fromthewomb,fromofold,haveIbegottenyou,a
child.AndIsaiahsaid:Untousachildisborn,untousaSonisgiven,andHisgovernmentwas
uponHisshoulder,andHisNameshallbecalledWonderful,andCounsellor,andmightyGodof
theages,andPrinceofpeace.AndtotheincreaseofHisgovernmentandtoHispeacethereisno
end.Isaiah9:67Thereforetellme,OwisedoctorofIsrael,whoisHethatwasbornandwhose
namewascalledChildandSonandWonderfulandCounsellor,themightyGodoftheages,
andPrinceofpeace,totheincreaseofwhosegovernmentandtowhosepeace(hesaid),thereisno
end?ForifwecallChristtheSonofGod,Davidtaughtus(this)andthatwecallHimGod,thiswe
learnedfromIsaiah.AndHisgovernmentwaslaiduponHisshoulderforHebareHiscross,and
wentoutfromJerusalem.AndthatHewasbornasachild,Isaiahagainsaid:Lo,thevirginshall
conceiveandbearandHisnameshallbecalledImmanuel,whichis,ourGodwithus.

10.AndifyoushouldsaythatChristhasnotyetcome,Iwillgrantthisalsotoyourcontentiousness.
ForitiswrittenthatwhenHeshallcome,theGentilesshallexpectHim.Lo!I,oneoftheGentiles,
haveheardthatChrististocome.AndwhenasyetHehadnotcome,Ibeforehandhavebelievedon
HimandthroughHimIworshiptheGodofIsrael.WhenHecomes,willHethenblameme
becausebeforeHiscomingIbeforehandbelievedonHim?But,youfool,theprophetssufferyounot
tosaythatChristhasnotyetcomeforDanielconfutesyou,Daniel9:2627saying:Aftersixty
twoweeksshallMessiahcomeandshallbeslain.AndinHiscomingshalltheHolyCitybelaid
waste,andherendshallbewithaflood.Anduntiltheaccomplishmentofthethingsthatare
determined,shallshecontinueindesolation.Youexpectandhopethat,atthecoming
ofChrist,Israelshallbegatheredtogetherfromallregions,andJerusalemshallbebuiltupand
inhabited.ButDanieltestifiesthat,whenChristcomesandisslain,Jerusalemshallbedestroyed,
andshallcontinueindesolationuntiltheaccomplishmentofthethingswhicharedetermined,
forever.AndconcerningthesufferingofChrist,Davidsaid:Theypiercedmyhandsandmyfeet,
andallmybonescriedout.Theygazedandlookeduponme,anddividedmygarmentsamong
them,anduponmyvesturedidtheycastthelot.AndIsaiahsaid:Lo!Myservantshall
beknownandshallberevealedandshallbeliftedup,sothatmanyshallbeastonishedatHim.As
forthisman,Hisvisageshallbemarredmorethanthatofman,andHisaspectmorethanthatof
thesonsofmen.Isaiah52:1314Andhesaid:Hewillpurifymanynations,andkingsshallbe
amazedatHim.Isaiah52:15Andhesaidinthatpassage:HecameupasalittlechildbeforeHim,
andasarootfromthedryground.Isaiah53:2Andintheendofthepassagehesaid:Heshallbe
slainforoursinsHeshallbehumiliatedforouriniquitythechastisementofourpeaceisupon
Him,andbyHisbruisesshallwebehealed.Isaiah53:5Bywhatwoundsweremenhealed?David
wasnotslainforhediedinagoodoldage,andwasburiedinBethlehem.Andiftheyshouldsay
thatitisspokenofSaul,forSaulwaskilledinthemountainsofGilboainthebattlewith
thePhilistines,andiftheyshouldsaythattheypiercedhishandsandhisfeet,whentheyfastened
uphisbodyonthewallofBethshanyetitdoesnotfitlyapplytoSaul.WhenthelimbsofSaulwere
pierced,hisboneswerenotconsciousofsuffering,becausehewasdead.ItwasafterSauldied,that
theyhangedhisbodyandthoseofhissonsonthewallofBethshan.ButwhenDavidsaid,They
piercedmyhandsandmyfeet,andallmybonescriedout,hesaidinthenextverse:OGod,
abideformyhelp,anddelivermysoulfromthesword.NowChristwasdeliveredfromthesword,
andascendedfromoutofSheol,andrevivedandrosethethirdday,andsoGodabodeforHis
help.ButSaulcalledupontheLordandHedidnotanswerhimandheaskedthroughthe
Prophets,butnoanswerwasgiventohim.Andhedisguisedhimselfandinquiredbysoothsayers,
andlearnedfromthence.HewasworstedbeforethePhilistines,andheslewhimselfwithhisown
sword,whenhesawthatthebattlehadovercomehim.MoreoverinthispassageDavidsaid:Iwill
declareYournameuntomybrethren,andinthemidstofthecongregationwillIglorifyYou.How
canthesethingsapplytoSaul?AndagainDavidsaid:YoudidnotgiveYourholyonetosee
corruption.ButallthesethingsfitlyapplytoChrist.WhenHecametothem,theydidnotreceive
HimbutwickedlyjudgedHimbyfalsewitness.AndHewashunguponthetreebyHishands,and
theypiercedHishandsandHisfeetwiththenailswhichtheyfastenedinhimandallHisbones
criedout.Andonthatdayagreatprodigyhappened.namely,thatthelightbecamedarkinthe
middleoftheday,asZechariahprophesied,saying:ThedayshallbeknownuntotheLord.It
shallnotbedaytime,anditshallnotbenightandattheeveningtimethereshallbe
light.Zechariah14:7Nowwhatisthedaythatwasdistinguishedbytheprodigy,thatitwasneither
daytimenornight,andthatattheeveningtimetherewaslight?Evidentlythedayonwhichthey
crucifiedHim,forinthemidstofthatdaytherecamedarkness,andattheeveningtimetherewas
light.Andagainhesaid:Thatdaythereshallbecoldandfrost.Asyouknow,onthatdayon
whichtheycrucifiedHim,itwascold,andtheyhadmadethemafiretowarmthemselveswhen
Simoncameandstoodwiththem.Andagainhesaid:Thespearshallariseagainsttheshepherd,
andagainsttheman,Myfriendanditshallsmitetheshepherd,andthesheepofhisflockshallbe
scatteredandIwillturnbackMyhanduponthepastor.AndfurthermoreDavidsaidconcerning
HisPassion:ForMymeattheygavegall,andforMythirstdidtheygiveMevinegartodrink.
Againhesaidinthatpassage:TheyhavepersecutedHimWhomYouhavesmittenandhave
addedtotheafflictionofHimthatwasslain.Fortheyaddedmany(afflictions)toHim,muchthat
wasnotwrittenconcerningHim,cursingsandrevilings,suchastheScripturecouldnotreveal,for
theirrevilingswerehateful.But,however,theLordwaspleasedtohumiliateHimandafflict
Him.Isaiah53:10AndHewasslainforouriniquity,andwashumiliatedforoursins,andwas
madesininHisownperson.2Corinthians5:21

11.Weworshipthosemercies,andbowthekneebeforetheMajestyofHisFather,Whoconverted
ourworshiptoHim.WecallHimGod,justasMoses(wascalledGod)andFirstborn,andSon,just
asIsrael(wascalled)andJesus(Joshua),justasJoshuathesonofNunwassocalledandPriest
likeAaron,andKing,likeDavidandgreatProphet,likealltheProphetsandShepherd,likethe
shepherdswhotendedandguidedIsrael.AndsodidHecallchildrenasHesaid:Strange
childrenshallhearkenuntoMe.AndHehasmadeusbrothersuntoHimself,Hesaid:Iwill
declareYournameuntoMybrethren.AndwehavebecomefriendsuntoHim,asHesaidto
Hisdisciples:Ihavecalledyoufriends,John15:15evenasHisFathercalledAbrahamMy
friend.Isaiah41:8AndHesaiduntous:IamthegoodShepherd,theDoor,theWay,theVine,the
Sower,theBridegroom,thePearl,theLamp,theLight,theKing,God,Saviour,andRedeemer.
AndbymanynamesisHesurnamed.

12.ThisbriefargumenthaveIwrittenuntoyou,mybeloved,thatyoumaymakedefenceagainst
theJews,concerningthisthattheysay,thatGodhasnoson,andconcerningthisthatwecall
HimGod,theSonofGod,King,andFirstbornofallcreatures.Colossians1:15