What is the doctrine of Eternal Sonship?

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The Eternal Sonship

The doctrine of Eternal Sonship means that the second Person of the Godhead has eternally existed as the Son of God. The apostle John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1,2). The apostle emphasized the continuous, timeless, unlimited existence of the Son of God before His incarnation. In eternity past, there never was a time when the second Person of the Godhead was not in close fellowship with the eternal Father. Let’s look at the Bible evidence for the doctrine of Eternal Sonship: 

A-The Eternal Sonship between the Father and Son existed before creation. 

“I came forth from the Father, and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again, and going to the Father” (John 16:28).   

“And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:5). 

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). 

B-The Son of God created all things.

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:13-16). 

“has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:2). 

C-The Son of God was revealed to accomplish God’s purposes. 

“She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world” (John 11:27). 

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).  

“The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). 

D-The Father sent the Son into the world to redeem fallen humanity.  

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). 

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14). 

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).  

“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 3:16). 

E-The Son never changes. Therefore, His Sonship to the Father is everlasting.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). 

The doctrine of Eternal Sonship declares that Christ is the Son of God in the supreme and unqualified sense of the term—in nature, in knowledge and in power (Isaiah 9:6; Micah 5:2; John 1:1–3; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:1, 23; Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:6–8; Colossians 2:9). 

In His service,
BibleAsk Team 

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