Monday, November 15, 2010

"Son of God"

A biblical phrase from the Hebrew bible, and the New Testament of the Christian bible. According to the bible, "Son of God" refers to Jesus.

Throughout the New Testament the phrase "son of God" is applied repeatedly, in the singular, only to Jesus. "Sons of God" is applied to others only in the plural. The King James version of the New Testament calls Jesus God's "only begotten son"

(John 1:14, 3:16-18, 1 John 4:9)
  • "begotten"
    Greek: μονογενής monogenēs
    single of its kind, only
  • "his own son" (Romans 8:3).
  • "own"
    Greek: ἑαυτοῦ
    himself, herself, itself, themselves
It also refers to Jesus simply as "the son" in contexts in which "the Father" is used to refer to God.
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Similar terminology was present before, during and after the Ministry of Jesus and in his historical and cultural background. The Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar was the first Roman ruler to be worshiped as a son of a god (divi filius), and the day of his birth was considered the beginning of his glad tidings or "gospel" for the world. Caesar Augustus was called "divi filius". (son of the deified Julius Caesar): "Divi filius", not "Dei filius" (son of God), was the Latin term used. In Greek, the term huios theou was applied to both, but, while huios theou is used of Jesus three times in the New Testament, he is usually described as ho huios tou theou, not just "a son of God", but "THE son of God".

includes  Hillsong: "Son of God"

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