Son of God?

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Most contemporary Christians believe that God has one and only one son and that that son is Jesus. They also believe that Jesus is literally God’s offspring. This belief probably stems from the fact that the term “Son of God” is used to describe him in the Bible. That conclusion is too hastily made, however, because the Bible also calls several other persons sons of God. Even Satan is called a Son of God! Whether or not Jesus was literally God’s only son, the fact remains that the term has several meanings in the scripture, and even the nature of Jesus’s sonship seems to change between books. Jesus is not the only person whom the Bible calls a Son of God. In Genesis 6:2 and Job1: 6, the term sons of God is used in reference to angels or other divine spirits. In the verse from Job, Satan is included among God’s sons. In Psalms 2:6-8, we are told that the Lord has taken the king of Israel to be His son. In Continue...


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(Romans 1:4) Here, the term seems to be more of a title or grant of authority than an actual claim of kinship. The meaning and nature of the term Son of God in relation to Jesus does not remain constant throughout the New Testament. John 1:12 tells us that everyone who receives Jesus and believes in him is a Son of God. In Luke 1 Mary is told that Jesus will become the Son of God at birth because the Holy Spirit is going to come upon her and cause Jesus's conception. In John 1 we are told that Jesus has always been God's son. Hosea 11:1, God calls the entire house of Israel his son. This is confusing because John 1:14 calls Jesus the Son of God. Mathew 5:44-45 tells us that anyone can be a Son of God if they love their enemies. This could be because the Holy Spirit revealed the truth more fully to later writers, or because the later writers exaggerated and embellished previous stories. In this passage it seems as though God grants Jesus the title of son because he loves him. At this point, God tells Jesus that he is His son. After the spirit has descended on Jesus in Mark1: 11, a voice from heaven says, "Thou art my beloved Son, with thee I am well pleased. Overall there are two noticeable trends in the passages. Here we are told that Jesus is designated the Son of God by his resurrection. In fact, according to John 1:1, Jesus has always been one with God.

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The Trinitarian Controversy
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Isaiah 7:14-17
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Messianic Prophcies About Jesus' Birth
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Miracles in the Early Church
feast at Cannan, the raising of Lazarus from the dead, and various healings of the sick and disabled -- serve the present Jesus as the Son of God and the Lord (758 3 )

Miracles in the Old & New Testaments
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Genesis 22 (1-19)
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