Awhile back I did a post searching to know the importance of knowing Jesus as the Son of God and not simply the Savior. I have been taking a course on the Gospel of John through an online college, and this issue has come to me in a knew way, and I would like to re-visit it. My focus is on the point true belief in Jesus in relation to understanding His deity. In John's Gospel, 20:30-31, he writes his purpose of writing the gospel: 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. Clearly John's purpose is to reveal who Jesus is so people will believe in Him. John doesn't just write that people should believe in Jesus in a generic way, but rather says, "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God." I want to make it crystal clear that when Jesus is called Son of God it refers to Him as the eternal God and makes Him equal to God while being the Son in relation to the Godhead. In contrast we see Jesus as the Son of Man, making Him equal with man, and thus being man as well as God in nature. I will repeat this. In my personal life, I was raised by my mom and saw my dad on the weekends. I went to a Southern Baptist church with my dad on weekends. My moms side of the family have a Jehovah's Witness background, although my mom does not follow them. I say this to bring up the obvious which is that Jehovah's do not believe Jesus is the divine Son of God and for this reason we label them- cult, biblically, and I agree. Now, the Baptist's hold at the top of their confession the trinity, which again is obvious on this forum. As we clearly know by that Doctrine that Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, making Him the God-man who is equal in the Godhead, being fully God, yet a distinctly different person (On this I agree totally). With that said, I have found that very few people know Jesus as the Son of God before there profession of faith, in fact most say they were saved then learned about His deity later in life (some way later ). I have spoken to many people in Baptist churches that do not have any strong view of Jesus as not only the Savior but also the Son of God (of God, deity, not just of man). My pastor says Jesus is the Son of God and preaches His deity frequently being saved out of the Jehovah's Witness cult himself, and I am thankful he does. According to John, knowing Jesus is the Son of God (Jesus is God, the Son) is a requirement along with knowing He is the Christ to have eternal life. This is why, I believe, John writes the way he does lifting up the deity of Christ. I don't mean this is a religious systematic steps of 1, 2, 3's then poof you now have the right to be saved. What I mean is that if one truly comes to see Jesus, it seems that they must see Him as God, the Savior. In Kay Arthur's study book (The God Who Cares and Knows You) she quotes John 8:24 Jesus says, "Unless you believe that I am...you will die in your sins." Then she writes, "Precious one, if you do not believe that Jesus Christ is God, you will die in your sins." It's easy for us Baptist's to say that Jehovah's Witnesses are not saved as they reject the person of Jesus as God (among other heretical things). But forget them, what about us? Questions to discuss: 1. Is meeting Jesus as God and Savior a must in order to know Him as personal Savior? Does John's statement in John 20:30-31 imply a necessity of know Jesus as the Son of God before salvation comes? 2. What about the 6 year old who professes faith in Jesus as Savior, and has never understood that Jesus is God? 3. What about You and Me, our profession? Did we know Jesus as the Son of God at the time we believe we were saved? 4. If we are preaching that Jesus is Savior, and not making it clear that He is Lord, Christ, and God in our Gospel, is it incomplete in the ears of those we are preaching to? What are the implications in preaching to people who, unlike the Jews, do not understand Jesus claims of Himself (Remember John 5, they wanted to kill Jesus for not only healing on a Sabbath but making Himself equal with God...)?