Huios tou Theou (Ben Elohim)

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:35

Imagine a son who is in his late teens – early 20’s.  He is from a well-known family.  He is consistently getting into trouble with school and with law enforcement.  His dad sits him down several times to talk about the issues.  He tells his son that he needs to stop acting up, because it reflects on him and their family.  How many times have we heard a story like that?

Beginning in the story of Jesus’ birth, we read many references to Jesus as the Son of God.  Many people struggle with that name because, well, Jesus IS God, isn’t He?  The Son of God would imply that He isn’t God, right?  Wrong!  This is not an implication that God the Father preexisted Jesus, it is the idea that Jesus shares the nature of God the Father and represents God here on earth, just like that son represented his father and his family. 

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation… For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.

Colossians 1:15; 2:9

The term “Son of God” is found 47 times in the New Testament, mostly in the Gospels.  Jesus did not use it of Himself until the end of His life here on earth.  It was usually someone else speaking about Jesus.  This term never referred to anyone BUT Jesus.  Even though Jesus didn’t often refer to Himself as the “Son of God”, He did refer to God as His Father.

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

John 20:17

God also referred to Jesus as His Son following Jesus’ baptism:

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:17

The reference at the beginning of this blog is from when Gabriel came and told Mary that she was going to have a child.  The whole reason that we celebrate at this time of year … the birth of Jesus.  Even from the beginning of His life He was known as the Son of God.  The big part of this is because Jesus came to earth, because He is the Son of God … that is why we have the ability to become children of God.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

John 1:12

No matter what happened in the past, no matter how our earthly parents treated us …. We can be children of God.  He is the perfect Father!  He will never do anything that will hurt us.  He is a good, good Father!

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