Declared to Be the Son of God

by David and Stephen Olford

David and Stephen OlfordText: "Jesus Christ our Lord declared (horizoned) to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead" (Rom. 1:3-4).

Thought: The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is that which has horizoned, or marked, Him out on the skyline of history "to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness." Along that skyline of resurrection fact and truth we see:

The Glory of His Person:"Horizoned' to be the Son of God" (v. 4). During His earthly life the Lord Jesus was declared to be the Son of God by His Father, Matthew 3:17; by an angel, Luke 1:31, 32; by the disciples, Matthew 16:16; by the devil himself, Matthew 4:3. But even though His deity was thus declared, vindication of that claim had to await the miracle of the resurrection. "He rose again the third day" (1 Cor. 15:3). And on that third day He was horizoned to be the Son of God.

The Greatness of His Power:"Horizoned' to be the Son of God with power" (v. 4). As He walked the streets of Palestine and ministered to the needs of men and women, He released power on every occasion. But the greatest demonstration of power was when He rose from the dead. The evidence of this resurrection power is seen in the manner in which He changed His disciples from fearfulness to fearlessness. He transformed the life of Saul of Tarsus from a persecutor to a preacher, and founded and expanded His church until it has encircled the globe.

The Genuineness of His Purity: "Horizoned' to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead" (v. 4). The final proof of the Son of God's genuine purity had to await the resurrection. If He had sinned at all in thought, word, or deed, God could never have raised Him from the dead on that Resurrection Morning. He would have had to await the final resurrection of all sinners. But God's Holy One could never see corruption, (Ps. 16:10). And as Peter puts it in his Pentecost sermon, Jesus had to be raised up from the dead "because it was not possible that He should be holden of it" (Acts 2:24). Having put away the sin of the human race by a full and sufficient sacrifice, Jesus rose again because of the Spirit of holiness that controlled His entire life. Thus His absolute purity was vindicated. Now He waits to communicate His resurrection life to all who will open wide the door of their hearts and invite Him in.

Thrust: "Christ the Lord is risen, Hallelujah!"

David Olford makes possible the continuation of this column by editing material
from his father's writings. Through his efforts, Points to Ponder continues
to bless, encourage, and challenge readers.

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