Son of God

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"Son of God" did not mean "God the Son"

In the Scriptures, it is clear that "Son of God" does not automatically mean "God, the Son."

  • The angels (including hasatan, "the adversary" or "District Attorney") were called "Sons of God" in Job 1:6 and 2:1. Although any angel could be called a "Son of God," the angel would not be "God, the Son."
  • The King of Israel was called "Son of God" in Psalm 2:7 ("You are my son; today I am your father") and Psalm 89:27 ("He shall cry to me,'You are my father, my God, the Rock that brings me victory!'"). When the Israelites (and later, the Jews) called their Messiah-Christ-King "Son of God," it did not mean that the King was "God the Son." The Messiahs were human beings who fought battles, begat children with their harems, and died, making way for the next Messiah to do the same kind of things.
2 Sam 7:11

11 and from the day when I appointed judges over my people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you:

12 when your days have been completed and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, sprung from your loins, and I will establish his kingdom.

13 He it is[1] who shall build a house for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever.

14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. If he does wrong, I will reprove him with a human rod and with human punishments;

15 but I will not withdraw my favor from him as I withdrew it from Saul who was before you.[2]

16 Your house and your kingdom are firm forever before me; your throne shall be firmly established forever.

  1. He it is: Solomon, in the event.
  2. The unconditional promise made here, and reflected in Ps 89:34–35, stands in contrast to the tradition in Ps 132:12, where the continuation of the line of David depends on their fidelity to the Lord; cf. also 1 Kgs 2:4; 6:12; 8:25.
  • The gospel of Luke calls Adam "the son of God" (3:38). Adam is the father of all human beings, but he is not "God the Son."