Islam and LORD

Question

Islam claims that since Jesus is the son of David he can't be the Son of God. Is this true?

Answer

Acts 2:30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.

Romans 1:3 . . . regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David.

Islam claims Jesus is not the Son of God. They assert that Acts 2:30 and Romans 1:3 (among others) prove Jesus was of the seed of David and therefore Jesus cannot be the Son of God.

Is there anyone, including Muslims, who do have not two parents? Jesus is wholly man and wholly God. He is 100% man and 100% God. In a manner of speaking Jesus too had two parents - one Mary and the other God. ("The Son is eternally begotten of the Father," WCF 2.3). Jesus descended from man (Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38) and God (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-33; 3:38; John 1:1-14). He is the God-man. He is God-incarnate. John Murray taught in his systematic theology that "incarnation" means "in flesh." In the incarnation of Christ, God came and clothed himself in flesh. The invisible became visible as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:16, saying that God appeared in flesh.

The Old Testament gives us a great word study to assist us to more fully understand the concept of Jesus the God-man. Isaiah 9:6 says:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The person in Isaiah 9:6 is of the line of David (Isa. 9:7). Now note the phrases "to us a child is born" and "to us a son is given." Jesus as a man was BORN, but Jesus as the Son of God was GIVEN. A child is born for us! That is speaking about the human nature of Jesus Christ. Then we read, "to us a son is given." This is emphasizing the divine nature of Jesus Christ, which could not be born - so he was divinely given (see Equality in the Godhead).

John Calvin remarks saying:

He is called the Son of God. Although in the Hebrew language the word son, I admit, has a wide acceptation, yet that is when something is added to it. Every man is the son of his father: those who are a hundred years old are called (Isaiah 65:20) the sons of a hundred years; wicked men are called the sons of wickedness; those who are blessed are called the sons of blessing; and Isaiah called a fruitful hill the son of fatness. (Isaiah 5:1.) But son, without any addition, can mean none else than the Son of God; and it is now ascribed to Christ, by way of eminence, in order to inform us, that by this striking mark he is distinguished from the rest of mankind. Nor can it be doubted that Isaiah referred to that well-known prediction, which was in the mouth of every person:. "I will be his Father, and he shall be my Son" (2 Sam.7:14,) as it is afterwards repeated, "Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee" (Psa. 2:7).

Jesus is God and man. He is the Son of David and the Son of God.

Please see

Christianity and Islam Contrasted

For further study on Isaiah 9:6 see Hezekiah or Jesus.

References:

Calvin, J. (1998). Calvin's Commentaries: Isaiah (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; Calvin's Commentaries (Is 9:6). Albany, OR: Ages Software.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).