Highly Favoured

  • Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • Speaker: John Bell
  • Series: Luke
  • Scripture: Luke 1:26–1:56

 

  1. The birth of Jesus foretold (26-38)
  2. Mary Visits Elizabeth (39–45)
  3. Mary’s Song (46-56)

“Sonship” in the Bible

  • Israel as an entire nation is called God’s Son  (“Out of Egypt I have called my Son” Hos. 11:1).
  • Angels are referred to as the Sons of God (Gen 6:2, Job 1:6 and 2:1).
  • The Davidic King who prefigures the office of the messiah is called God’s Son (Ps. 2:12”Kiss the Son, or he will be angry.”)
  • Citizens of God’s kingdom - people whose conduct reflects the conduct of God himself -  are literally called “Sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God)
  •  Jesus is called God’s unique Son (John 3:16 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son).

“Son of God” or “God’s Son” in reference to Jesus specifically.

  • Jesus is the perfect Israel and the perfect David, and the two notions are held together by the one rubric, Son of God.
  • Jesus is the pre-existent Son, God’s agent in creation, the second person of the Trinity. 
  • There is also a “catch-all” use.