, , , , , ,

Son of God

Jesus is the Son of God. That is the main thing about the main thing. There are many messengers of God (aka angels) but there is only one Son.

So he became superior to the angels, just as the name he inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did he ever say, You are my Son; today I have become your Father or again, I will be his Father, and he will be my Son? | Hebrews 1:4-5 (CSB)

My response is to fall down and worship Jesus. His beauty is overwhelming. I must give Him all honor and glory.

Divine sonship outranks angelhood as well as prophethood. God’s fatherhood, only implied till now, comes out explicitly. “Fathered” symbolizes that he has positioned the Son at his right hand, as is appropriate for a son and heir. God has set Jesus in charge of His country. Jesus is the anointed Prophet, Priest and King.

The “today” of fathering probably refers to the time when the Son “sat down at the right [hand] of the Greatness in the heights.” At this point, though, the author isn’t concerned with the time of God’s having fathered the Son so much as with God’s having addressed the Son as quoted, and not having addressed any angel in that way.

The quotations of Psalm 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 17:13 have to do with David’s royal line, of which the Son is the culmination. “When he [God] brings [his] firstborn again into the inhabited [earth]”

  • Implies the Son’s heavenly origin
  • Refers to the second coming
  • Implies the Son’s preexistence as deity
  • Anticipates God’s having other sons and therefore the Son’s having brothers
  • Ranks the firstborn Son above them.


Gundry, R. H. (2010). Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (p. 873). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.