Sons of God.
Angels are also referred to as sons of God, but what exactly, does the term “son(s) of God” mean? Translated from the Hebrew, bene-ha-elohim, the title is in obvious reference to the angels, as in the Book of Job.
Job 2:1. Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
However, a more precise meaning of the term ”son of God” can be gained by way of reasoning from what is perhaps the most quoted verse in the Bible.
John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The key is ‘only begotten,’ a term reserved exclusively for Jesus. He is the only son ever to be born of God,which is confirmed by this rhetorical question.
Hebrews 1:5. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?
To this, the answer is an emphatic ‘not a single one of them.’ The angels were created, not begotten. Of all the myriad of angels, not a single one has ever been begotten or born of God. Therefore in the truest possible sense, the term ‘son of God,’ can only be applied to a person, angelic or otherwise, who is a direct creation of God.
With this teaching firmly established, a greater understanding of who Adam was, his subsequent downfall, and God’s redemptive plan and purpose for fallen mankind, begins to emerge.
Having . established that in the truest possible sense, the term “son of God” can only be applied to a person whom God has directly created, then who exactly was Adam?
Genesis 1:26-27. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Adam was totally unique, for along with Eve he was the only person in the history of this world, to have been a direct creation of God. Hence where man is concerned, and in the KJB, the term ”son of God” is applied exclusively to Adam.
Luke 3:38. Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
Adam was unique, for he alone was created in the image and likeness of God, and the original ”image” is long gone. His own offspring included, all of mankind have arrived in this world via procreation, and were born in the image and likeness of their fallen human father. Hence all of mankind are born as sons of man. We are not born as sons of God.
Genesis 5:3. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
Jesus Christ of course, was also unique, yet unlike Adam he wasn’t created. He entered the world via the womb of a virgin and God was his Father, not his creator. Jesus came as the image of God, but in the likeness of man.
2 Corinthians 4:4..... Christ, who is the image of God.....
Philippians 2:7. But…….was made in the likeness of men.
ADAM; by direct creation in the image and likeness of God.
ALL OTHERS: Via procreation, born in the image and likeness of man.
JESUS CHRIST: Born of a virgin (without procreation) in the image of God, and the likeness of man.
Adam’s body was designed as a temple, and prior to his fall, was indwelt not only by his his own spirit, but also by the Spirit of God. It could perhaps be said that as a man, he was an expression of the glory of God, and with full dominion over the earth.
1 Corinthians 3:16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
But from the moment he disobeyed God, he became subject to death, and the Spirit of God departed from the temple, leaving Adam physically alive, but spiritually dead.
Part of him ‘died’ on that fateful day, just as God had warned, and although he continued to live for many hundred years, death waited ever before him.
Genesis 5:5. And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
To give them a glimpse of who he truly was, and of things yet to come, Jesus took three of his disciples apart, and was transformed before their very eyes.
Matthew 17:2. And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
God is the Father of lights, and believers are often described as lights in a spiritual sense. But Scripture also informs us that one day our bodies which are currently subject to death will be just “like His glorious body.” (Philippians 3:21.)
Matthew 5:14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Acts 20:8. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
James 1:17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,....
Flesh and Bone.
When Jesus rose from the dead, and first appeared to his disciples, they were scared half witless, thinking they'd seen a ghost,or a spirit. But by showing them his wounds, Jesus assured his disciples that not only was he very much alive, but unlike a spirit, he was flesh and bone. .
Luke 24:37. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
24:39. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Yet he was able to travel effortlessly and appear and disappear at will. He could pass through walls and doors, yet could also eat and drink and sit and talk.
Although his resurrection body appeared to be natural or physical, in truth it was supernatural, a spiritual body consisting of flesh and bone, but no longer bound by the physical laws.
1 Corinthians 15:44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
Jesus' claim to be flesh and bone was as simple as it was profound. Simple, because his flesh and bone body was now bloodless. Profound, for his blood had been shed for the sins of mankind, and because Scripture cannot be broken, even Jesus could not inherit the kingdom of God as flesh and blood.
1 Corinthians 15:50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones..
Jesus Christ, the last Adam, was raised from the dead as flesh and bone, and the first Adam had once declared;
Genesis 2:23.... This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
God does not change, and therefore his expectation of Adam was the same then as it is now; that he love his wife to the extent that he would willingly lay down his own life for her sake.
John 15:13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ephesians 5:25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Jesus died for the sake of his bride!
It is my firm conviction, based upon reasoning from the quoted Scriptures, that Adam and Eve were supernatural beings of light, for the light of Christ which flowed from the temple within, . coursed through the body of flesh and bone. From the moment they disobeyed God and became subject to death, they’d fallen short of his glory, and the light . instantly turned into . Blood.
It was this transformation which exposed their nakedness and caused them to be ashamed.
It’s often been said that whereas Eve was deceived into partaking of ‘the fruit,’ Adam was not deceived, but had been given the choice, but I strongly suspect it wasn’t that cut and dried.
After all said and done, being fully aware of the consequence, why would Adam wilfully choose to disobey God?
Yes, I’m sure he was presented with a choice, but I suspect it was a choice born out of love, and made under sudden and very difficult circumstances, rather than a premeditated and deliberate act of disobedience to God, as such.
Remember, the serpent was more subtle, crafty, cunning, than any beast of the field, and certainly more than a match for an innocent woman. He knew that the onus was upon man, and right from the outset, his sights were set upon Adam. But he spotted the weakness of a tender heart, and therefore used Eve in order to get to his prey.
Adam did not choose as such, to disobey God, but stepped from immortality into mortality out of love for his wife, Eve.
Adam ”died” for the sake of his bride!
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3:7.
The deception instigated by Satan, not only caused the downfall of Adam, but introduced sin and death to all of mankind. By default, the god who held the power of death, had set himself up as the ‘god of this world.’
This was the first extra-terrestrial attack to be made upon this present world, and it was directed at man made in the image of God.