|Faith Strengthened||Chapter 51||Part 2|
John 10:33-36, "The Jews answered him [Jesus], For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy, and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said ye are gods? If he called them gods unto whom the Word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken: say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God"?
The equivocal reply of Jesus for styling himself God, argues more against than in favor of his claim. In quoting in his above defense the words of Psalm 82:6, "I have said, Ye are gods, and sons of the Most High altogether," he has not borne in mind that the psalmist spoke with the very purpose of showing that those who call themselves sons of God, betray by their own nature that they delude themselves and others; for he goes on to say, "But surely ye die like other men, and fall like any one of the princes." The occurrence of the word Elohim (gods), does not even show that the Divine Being is really alluded to. We have instances that both angels and judges are designated by that term and that it is equal to the expression of higher powers or authorities. See Judges 13:22, "We must die, for we have seen an "Elohim"(a superior being). In Exodus 22:8 [22:9], we read, "The cause of both men shall come before the Elohim" (the judicial authorities), and whom those Elohim find guilty, "he shall pay a double portion to his neighbor." Similar use is made of the word Elohim in various places of our Scriptures. In Psalm 82:1, the word gods [Elohim] has the same signification as angels and messengers of the Almighty.
When God said to Moses, "Behold I have made thee a god unto Pharaoh," He spoke merely of him as of a messenger who came in the name of the Most High. The misquoted passages abounding in the New Testament betray the scanty and superficial knowledge its authors possessed of the language and purport of our Holy Scripture.