Adoptionism is an error concerning Jesus that first appeared in the second century.   Those who held it denied the preexistence of Christ and, therefore, His deity.   Adoptionists taught that Jesus was tested by God and after passing this test and upon His baptism He was granted supernatural powers by God and adopted as the Son.  As a reward for His great accomplishments and perfect character Jesus was raised from the dead and adopted into the Godhead.  Please see Heresies for more information.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.