We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. SON OF GOD, THE (ho huios theou): 1. Thus, in Acts 9:20, the beginning of Paul's testimony as a Christian is given in these words, "And straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God"; and what this meant to Paul may be gathered from his own statement in the opening of Romans, "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, which he promised afore through his prophets in the holy scriptures, concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead; even Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 1:1-4). Before His human birth, He revealed Himself to the patriarchs as "the Eternal" (YHWH) and by a variety of other names. 2:9-18; 8:1, 2. The solar mythos, in fact, explains why the narratives of the sons of God previously examined are so similar, with a god-man who is crucified and resurrected, who does miracles and has 12 disciples, etc. ); and, if this was the sense in which the prince of devils made use of the phrase, we may conclude that in the mouths of the demoniacs who hailed Jesus by the same title it must have had the same meaning. But scholarship cannot take this for granted; and, indeed, it requires only a hasty glance at the facts to bring this home even to the general reader, because in Scripture the title is bestowed on a variety of persons for a variety of reasons. Though tempted in all points like other men, He lived sinlessly throughout His life, giving Himself to be crucified as the perfect atonement for mankind's transgressions of God's laws. 5. All rights reserved. implies no more than the first, `Art thou the Christ? This seems expressly to contradict the statement, so often made, that He makes others sons of God in the same sense as Himself, or that His Sonship is ethical, not metaphysical. Adventist Mission He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. But the strongest and most frequent suggestions as to what is implied in Sonship are to be found in the deeds attributed to the Son; for these are far beyond the competence of any mere man. Adventist.org is the official website of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church • View Regions, © 2020 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Sense as Applied to Jesus 4. What if you’d…. On many other questions the followers of Jesus were divided; but on this one they were unanimous. The Bible often calls Jesus “the Son of God.” The expression “Son of God” acknowledges that God is the Creator, or Source, of all life, including that of Jesus(Psalm 36:9; Revelation 4:11) The Bible does not teach that God literally fathered a child in the same way that humans produce children.The Bible also calls the angels “sons of the true God.” Thirdly, it is applied to the Hebrew nation, as when, in Exodus 4:22, Yahweh says to Pharaoh, "Israel is my son, my first-born," the reason being that Israel was the object of Yahweh's special love and gracious choice.