For as many as
are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God
There are few personages defined in Scripture so plainly as 'The Sons of
God'. Examples throughout Scripture define ordinary men (and
women) believers as Sons and Daughters of God,
many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to
fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we
cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our
spirit, that we are the children of God...
Thus God is
father to these children just as he was a father to the
nation of Israel for the sake of Abraham their forefather,
But now, O
LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our
potter; and we all are the work of thy hand
Since the death
and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, this adoption comes
through faith and baptism,
For ye are all the children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew
nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither
male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if
ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs
according to the promise (Gal.3:26-29).
Scripture gives no other definition for the Sons of God so there is no excuse for those who choose to interpret this term differently. Some examples of misunderstood passages are quoted below with their correct interpretation.
For example, we
read in Genesis 6,
And it came to pass, when men began to
multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born
unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that
they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they
chose(vv1-2). This is simply the first recorded instance
of marriages between believers and unbelievers - a recurring
theme in Scripture which invariably leads to the corruption
of the true faith and for which reason both Old and New
Testament teaching forbids marriage outside the faith (Deut.
7:4, 1Cor.7:39, 2Cor.6:14-18). The context of Genesis 6
supports this interpretation. Verse 4 speaks of
Giants1 being in the earth
before the events of v2. A better translation would be
'fallen ones' - describing those who had fallen away from the
faith as the population increased, preferring the things this
world has to offer (1Jn.2:15-16). The female descendants of
these apostates were those who proved too tempting to the
Sons of God referred to in v3.
misunderstood references to The Sons of God occur in the book
of Job. Those in Job chapters 1 and 2 are dealt with in the
article Notes on the Book of Job. Later
in the book, Job is regaled by what God has achieved -
without any help from Job,
Then the LORD answered Job out
of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth
counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins
like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the
measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the
line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars
sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
(Job 38:1-7). In the four short verses 4 to 7 God summarises
His whole creation - Old and New (there are no tenses in
Hebrew). Thus, in the future, the Sons of God (the faithful
redeemed) will rejoice at the establishment of The Kingdom of God on earth. That this
is a correct interpretation is confirmed by the reference to
the corner stone - the Lord Jesus Christ,
unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone
which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of
the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in
our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall
be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the
fruits thereof (Matt.21:42-43).
As an interesting
aside: Moses said, in his admonition intended for future
Remember the days of old, consider the years
of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee;
thy elders, and they will tell thee. When the most High
divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated
the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according
to the number of the children of Israel (Deut.32:7-8).
The "Children of Israel" in the AV is rendered as "Sons of
God" in the Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls and some other
translations. However, by the definition given above they are
A similar word to that
translated 'Giant' is used to describe the apostasy of Balaam
in Nu.24:2-4 where it is rendered as 'falling' (the added
words 'into a trance' not being in the original),
Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his
tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came
upon him. And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the
son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath
said: He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw
the vision of the Almighty, falling, but having his eyes
open:. See also when The Lord Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for the
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