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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

91- The Designation of the Son Of God

 

St-Takla.org Image: Christ and the Rich Young Ruler (details 2: Jesus' face), painting by Heinrich Hofmann, 1889, Riverside Church, New York, USA. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: السيد المسيح والشاب الغني (تفاصيل 2 وجه يسوع)، رسمي الفنان هينريتش هوفمان، 1889، كنيسة ريفيرسايد، نيويورك، أمريكا.

St-Takla.org Image: Christ and the Rich Young Ruler (details 2: Jesus' face), painting by Heinrich Hofmann, 1889, Riverside Church, New York, USA.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: السيد المسيح والشاب الغني (تفاصيل 2 وجه يسوع)، رسمي الفنان هينريتش هوفمان، 1889، كنيسة ريفيرسايد، نيويورك، أمريكا.

[13] Even The Designation of the Son Of God

The Lord Jesus, undisputedly is the Son of God, e.g.

(John 9:35) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"

(John 9:38) Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshipped Him.

In spite of this, He designates us as children or sons of God.

(John 1:12) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

(1 John 3:1) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

[14] Our Sonship To God Is Different To Him Being the Son of God.

We are the sons of God through faith, love and adoption. But He is the Son of God through being of the same in essence and nature, hence He is called the Son, The only Begotten Son and the Only Son.

(John 1:18) No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

(John 3:16) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

(John 3:18) "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

(1 John 4:9) In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

Here we see our designation as sons of God did not belittle nor compromised the Lord Jesus to His Father in any way. This designation is common to all and not restricted to the clergy.


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