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Most contemporary Christians believe that God has one and only one son and that that son is Jesus They also believe that Jesus is literally Gods offspring This belief probably stems from the fact that the term Son of God is used to describe him in the Bible That conclusion is too hastily made however because the Bible also calls several other persons sons of God Even Satan is called a Son of God Whether or not Jesus was literally Gods only son the fact remains that the term has several meanings in the scripture and even the nature of Jesuss sonship seems to change between books Jesus is not the only person whom the Bible calls a Son of God In Genesis 62 and Job1 6 the term sons of God is used in reference to angels or other divine spirits In the verse from Job Satan is included among Gods sons In Psalms 26-8 we are told that the Lord has taken the king of Israel to be His son In Hosea 111 God calls the entire house of Israel his son Mathew 544-45 tells us that anyone can be a Son of God if they love their enemies John 112 tells us that everyone who receives Jesus and believes in him is a Son of God The meaning and nature of the term Son of God in relation to Jesus does not remain constant throughout the New Testament One reference to Jesus as the Son of God is found in Romans 1 Here we are told that Jesus is designated the Son of God by his resurrection In this view Jesus was not Gods son until after he died and was raised back to life It is also interesting that this passage says that Jesus was designated Son of God in powerRomans 14 Here the term seems to be more of a title or grant of authority than an actual claim
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