God is a Son
Entering God’s Presence – Biblical Foundations for Curriculum Development, © David Joel Hamilton, 2 012 Page 13 of 55
SON (Sphere of Family)
• The idea of Jesus’s Sonship is a key Biblical concept used to describe his origins (his ontological reality). In Luk 3:38 Jesus’ genealogy concludes that Jesus was “the son of
Adam... the son of God” – in other words, he was of both human and divine origin. Similarly, Paul speaks of Jesus, saying, “In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom 1:3-4).
• There are 382 uses of the Greek word ‘uios (son) in the NT. Of these, 242 (nearly two-thirds)usages refer to Jesus; the remaining 140 refer to other individuals. Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Abraham” (1x), the “Son of Joseph” (5x), the “Son of Mary” (6x), the “Son of David” (18x), the incarnate “Son of Man” (88x), and the divine “Son of God” (124x), The five “Son of...” expressions which point to his human origin comprise 48.8% of Jesus’ filial titles; whereas the term “Son of God” is used 51.2% of the time. There is an amazing textual balance emphasizing the dual nature of Jesus’ identity as the God-man.
• These filial titles (Son of God, Son of Man) also reflect two very important familial relationships. First it describes the close connection/identification with the Father. But secondly it underscores the close connection/identification with the siblings, for Jesus is “the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” (Rom 8:29). He is both fully God and fully human. Indeed the Scriptures tells us that “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15) and yet he was “made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters” (Heb 2:17) and therefore “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin” (Heb 4:15). Because Jesus is the Son he can identify with us and understand us, while showing us a new way to the Father with whom he is one.
• The phrase “Son of God” means that Jesus’ attributes are exactly like (totally identical to) those of the Father. The Nicene Creed describes this reality by declaring that Jesus was “the Son of God, begotten of the Father, the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made both in heaven and on earth; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man.” That’s why Jesus can say, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (Joh 14:9) because “The Father and I are one” (Joh 10:30). Because of this reality, when we are accepted into the family of God as his adopted children, we also should aspire to become like the Father. We will never be like god in his infinite natural attributes, but we are exhorted to imitate his moral attributes. That’s why John tells us, “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure” (1Jn 3:1-3).
• See Wiley, “God is the Son” – the Son is the tangible manifestation of the uncreated, invisible God. He has eternally existed in a perfect relationship of love and oneness with the other two unique Persons of the Trinity, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
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God is a Son
I chose this belief because I liked it. I believe that if we as believers can look at God and realize that he was somebodies boy it will unlock something. What are the implications for sons if their God was one? Personally, I have greater respect for God as well as a greater passion to be the best son I can be.
And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased."
I love to be able to please my Dad
Go make disciples...
I believe that Discipleship is a biblical value for the family is because Jesus discipled people.
In one of our lectures this week David Perkins said,
*Disciple your children to walk by faith.
(Personal relational revelation) in addition to knowledge not substitute. Helping them verbalize personal encounter with God etc…
Disciple your children to be wholehearted
(didn’t have the money or resources, other parents, Jeremiah 29:13) You take me swimming… God isn’t giving us two-year-olds the car keys. We get in the car seat and watch the windshield as God takes us where we are supposed to go. Not sitting in the car seat screaming but rather being peaceful and trusting that God will let us out when we need to. The kids need to see wholeheartedness modeled. They don’t do what you say they do what you do. (Sally Clarkson…and Clay Resources Heart Walk)
Disciple your children into their calling,
praying for their enemies*