Sons of God

Other sons of God

Sons of God
John 3:16-21 (B) Monogenes

John 3:16-21 (C) Sons of God

John 3:22-28 Judea


If Jesus is the “only Son” of God, why does Romans 8:14 say, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God”?
Those who are led by the Holy Spirit to become born again and believe Jesus died to pay the death penalty due for their sins become clothed in Jesus' righteousness and “receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:5) of God the Father: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26). However, only Jesus is God the Son (see Son of God) and therefore the monogenes - i.e., literally “solitary kind” or “unique” - Son of God the Father.

How do you think Nicodemus felt as he left Jesus that night?
Probably somewhat overwhelmed (see How can these things be?).

Was Nicodemus a missed opportunity for Jesus’ ministry?
Nicodemus was the equivalent of a modern day Senator, a state supreme court justice and a seminary president rolled into one. He had power, connections to even more power, and had sounded favorably disposed to Jesus. There were theological differences but if a common ground could be found and a man like Nicodemus brought on board, it could take Jesus’ ministry to the next level...

Did Jesus demonstrate such modern day strategy for ministry growth?
Jesus relied on no man and forsook earthly power, money, and taught us to rely only on God, for, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they who build it labor in vain; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

What happened to Nicodemus hereafter?
We meet Nicodemus twice more in the remainder of this gospel. In John 7:50-52, he stands up for Jesus in front of his peers, and John 19:38-39 records him as one of the two disciples of Jesus who cleaned and buried His crucified body in His tomb of resurrection (photo). So if you too are seeking the truth but feel overwhelmed, be encouraged.