Son(s) of God

Jesus was not only a man who lived in first-century Palestine, but also the eternal Son of God. This unique God-Man was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), so that He could rightly inherit the promised name, Immanuel, which means, “God with us” (1:23). At His baptism, and again on the Mount of Transfiguration, He heard the voice of God the Father saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (3:17; 17:5). Satan assumed that Jesus was God’s Son, saying, “If You are the Son of God…” (4:3, 6). Demons recognized His identity and cringed before His authority (8:29). Jesus Himself called God His Father in a way that no one else had done (10:32; 11:25). What does this mean for us? Many things, but at least this: the Son of God became also the Son of Man, a unique Person with two natures, so that He might “save His people from their sins” (1:21). On the Cross, when the Father temporarily deserted Him, pouring out righteous wrath upon His own Son, Jesus earned our reconciliation with God. As a result, all who believe in Him, can become “sons” of God. That is, by faith we are joined to Jesus, the Son of God. To use the language of John and of Paul, we are “in Him” (John 17:21; Romans 8:1, 14-17) So, like baby Jesus, who was taken down to Egypt and kept there until the king who sought his life had died, we are secure in the love of God the Father. The very hairs of our head are numbered, and we are much more valuable than the little sparrows whose lives are preserved by the Father’s will, so that we do not have to be afraid of anything that might happen to us (10:29-31). So, being saved by the Son, we are also safe in the Son of God.