Child of God
Children of God • Sons of God
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Children of God;Sons of God
Children of God; Sons of God [Heb. benê’elōhîm; Gk. tékna theoú, huioí theoú]. These phrases denote the relation in which men are conceived to stand to God, either as deriving their being from Him and depending upon Him, or as standing in that personal relation of intimate trust and love toward
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Children of God
children of God, a term used by Jesus and early Christians to describe those who have a special, favored relationship with God. Jesus says that peacemakers will be called children of God (Matt. 5:9). He also uses the phrase as a synonym for “children of the resurrection” to describe the dead who are
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Children of God
CHILDREN OF GOD. With a few exceptions, this phrase is equivalent to sons of God. In the OT it denotes chiefly a relationship to God by covenant, not by physical descent as is found in other Semitic or pagan religions. Man was created in the image of God, not begotten, and Israel’s sonship was dependent
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Children of God
CHILDREN OF GOD. Persons in this category are only those who of the fallen race are regenerated as a result of faith in Christ. The believer’s relationship to God as a child, accordingly, issues from the new birth (John 1:12–13). But all regenerated people are not only children, (that is, born again)
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Children of God
Children of Godchildren of God, a term used by early Christians to mark their special relationship as ‘adopted’ heirs of the promises made by God to Israel (Rom. 8:16–17, 21; Phil. 2:15; John 1:12; and ironically in John 11:52). It may have been the common designation for Christians in the Johannine
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHILDREN OF GODINTRODUCTION: MEANING OF TERMS:Children (Sons and Daughters) of God (בְּנֵי‎ [bene] and בְּנֹת אַלֹהִים‎ [benoth ’elohim], literally “sons and daughters of God”; [τέκνα θεου̂, tekna theou], and [υἱοί θεου̂, huioi theou]): so the King James Version; but the Revised Version (British
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Children Of God
CHILDREN OF GOD.—The teaching of Jesus Christ about the children of God cannot be understood apart from His teaching about the Fatherhood of God: indeed, it is from the latter standpoint that it must be approached. In such an approach the main positions seem to be as follows:—(1) Jesus asserts absolutely
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Children of God
children of God. The Hebrew expression “sons of God” (bĕnê hāʾĕlōhîm) occurs a few times in the OT with reference to angelic beings (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7; cf. Ps. 29:1; 89:6; Dan. 3:25, 28; note also that in Deut. 32:8 there is some textual evidence for this expression instead of the MT’s “sons of
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
God, Children (Sons, Daughters) of
God, children (sons, daughters) of. The fatherhood of God and thus the sonship of human beings are valid definitive concepts in biblical terminology. With reference to father and children, the earthly family bears a true resemblance to the heavenly family. In retrospect, the likeness is evident throughout
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHILDREN OF GOD [בּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִיםbene haʾelohim; τέκνα θεοῦ tekna theou, υἱοὶ θεοῦ huioi theou]. The concept of a familial relationship between humans and God reaches back to ancient mythology and was developed variously in different eras of biblical history. It came to be used metaphorically to
Key passages
Ex 4:22

And you must say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says Yahweh, “Israel is my son, my firstborn.”

Eph 5:1

Therefore become imitators of God, as beloved children,

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Topics & Themes