SPECIAL TOPIC: THE CHILDREN OF GOD
The NT writers often use familial metaphors to describe Christianity:
4. born again
Christianity is analogous to a family, not a product (ticket to heaven, fire insurance policy). Believers in Christ have become the new eschatological "people of God" (cf. Rom. 2:28-29; Gal. 3:26-29; Eph. 2:11-3:13; see Special Topic: YHWH's Eternal Redemptive Plan). As children we should reflect the Father's character, as did the "unique" (cf. John 1:14; 3:16) Son (cf. Eph. 5:1; 1 John 2:29; 3:3). "Child" is such a shocking title for sinners (cf. John 11:52; Rom. 8:14,16,21; 9:8; Phil. 2:15; 1 John 3:1,2,10; 5:2; Hos. 1:10 quoted in Rom. 9:26; and 2 Cor. 6:18).
It is also interesting that of the two Greek terms for children, one is always used of Jesus (huios), while the other (teknon, tekna) is used for believers. Christians are children of God, but they are not in the same category as the unique, divine Son of God, Jesus. His relationship with the Father is unique, but analogous. See Special Topic: Son of God.
There are two more Special Topics that deal with different aspects of this subject.
1. Special Topic: "Sons of. . ."
2. Special Topic: "The Sons of God" in Genesis 6
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