Jehovah s Witnesses, Why are angels called &quot: sons of God&quot: in the Old Testament?

Just what is an angel? Is there a difference in being the only begotten Son of God and sons of God?

Not a Jehovah’s Witness, but I think we can all agree that angels are created. That is why they are referred to as “sons of God.” But who, or what, is the Son of God? Why, he is Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of Man! Was Jesus also a created angel, as the Witnesses believe? They would have us believe that Jehovah created Jesus as Michael, the archangel. They take the expression “only begotten” in John 3:16 to mean that Jesus was created by Jehovah. But is that what the original Greek means?

The phrase “only begotten” translates the Greek word monogenes. This word is variously translated into English as “only,” “one and only,” and “only begotten.” False teachers have latched onto this phrase to try to prove their false teaching that Jesus Christ isn’t God; i.e., that Jesus isn’t equal in essence to God as the Second Person of the Trinity. They see the word “begotten” and say that Jesus is a created being because only someone who had a beginning in time can be “begotten.” What this fails to note is that “begotten” is an English translation of a Greek word. As such, we have to look at the original meaning of the Greek word, not transfer English meanings into the text.

So what does monogenes mean? According to the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BAGD, 3rd Edition), monogenes has two primary definitions. The first definition is “pertaining to being the only one of its kind within a specific relationship.” This is the meaning attached to its use in Hebrews 11:17 when the writer refers to Isaac as Abraham’s “only begotten son.” Abraham had more than one son, but Isaac was the only son he had by Sarah and the only son of the covenant.

The second definition is “pertaining to being the only one of its kind or class, unique in kind.” This is the meaning that is implied in John 3:16. In fact, John is the only New Testament writer who uses this word in reference to Jesus (see John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9). John was primarily concerned with demonstrating that Jesus was the Son of God (John 20:31), and he uses this word to highlight Jesus as uniquely God’s Son—sharing the same divine nature as God—as opposed to believers who are God’s sons and daughters through faith.

The bottom line is that terms such as “Father” and “Son,” that are descriptive of God and Jesus, are human terms used to help us understand the relationship between the different Persons of the Trinity. If you can understand the relationship between a human father and a human son, then you can understand, in part, the relationship between the First and Second Persons of the Trinity. The analogy breaks down if you try to take it too far and teach, as some Christian cults (such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses), that Jesus was literally “begotten” as in “produced” or “created” by God the Father.

How the NWT has added to the word of God to suggest Jesus was created by Jehovah: Colossians 1:15-17: KJV – For by him [Christ Jesus] were all things created… all things were created by him. NWT – For by means of him all other things were created… All other things have been created through him. The word “other” is inserted 4 times. It is not in the original Greek, nor is it implied. This is a section where Jesus is described as being the creator of all things. Since the Jehovah’s Witness organization believes that Jesus is created, they have inserted the word “other” to show that Jesus was before all “other” things, implying that He is created. There are two Greek words for “other”: heteros, and allos. The first means another of a different kind, and the second means another of the same kind. Neither is used at all in this section of scripture. The Jehovah’s Witness have changed the Bible to make it fit their aberrant theology. Check the second link to find out what the Son of God REALLY mean.

Angels are called “sons of God” because God is their life-giver and they, like him, are powerful spirit beings (although obviously not as powerful as he is).

The Hebrew and Greek words translated in English as “angel” simply mean messenger and are thus descriptive of a role rather than identifying a specific specy of spirit being. The Bible reveals that there are different kinds of beings who are angels. It would therefore be naive to think that all angels have essentially the same spiritual anatomy in the way that we think of all humans as having essentially the same physical anatomy. It would also be naive to assume that all angels have same rank or authority. Any spirit being — including the pre-human Jesus — who serves as a messenger of God can thus be said to be an angel without diminishing their rank.

Yes there is a difference between being the only begotten Son of God and just the term sons of God. Jesus belongs to the set called “sons of God”. But he is also the sole member of the set “only begotten Son of God”. The only begotten Son of God is the only Son directly created by God alone without any other creative channel involved. The other sons of God who are not only begotten were created by God less directly — THROUGH/BY MEANS OF (Greek: dia) Jesus. The only-begotten son’s relationship with the Father is more akin to a human Father-son relationship in terms of closeness, than is the other spirit sons’ relationship with the Father.

As I am a Christiian God has told me I am one of His sons or one of the sons of God. Angels were created to be with God and to do His bidding, because these were also of God they are also called sons of God. Some like Lucifer and a third of God’s angels rebeled against God and were tossed out of heaven. But Christ is nothing like any of these He is called the (((ONLY))) begotten Son of God and cannot be in any way confused with sons of God.

Jesus used to be the first Son of God The angels have been the moment sons of God, we’re referred to as sons of God if reside a righteous Angel referred to as sons of God They are Holy angel for the reason that they obey God

I got this from someone.
No, angels are not glorified human beings. Matthew 22:30 explains that they do not marry or reproduce like humans, and Hebrews 12:22-23 says that when we get to the heavenly Jerusalem, we will be met by “myriads of angels” and “the spirits of righteous men made perfect”—two separate groups.

Angels are a company or association, not a race descended from a common ancestor (Luke 20:34-36). We are called “sons of men,” but angels are never called “sons of angels.”

The word “angel” actually comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means “messenger.” The matching Hebrew word mal’ak has the same meaning.
But I would also like to point out
Since JWs believe Jesus was Michael the Archangel, I like to point out that in Jude 1:9, Michael does not dare to rebuke Satan, but rather claimed that only the Lord could rebuke him. Nevertheless, Jesus did rebuke Satan in Matt. 4:10 and Mark 8:33, proving that he is different than Michael and that He had powers superior than angels.

Is there a difference in being “the only begotten Son of God” and “sons of God”?

John 1:1- qualitative nuance-“In the beginning of all creation, the Word was already in existence. The Word was intimately with God. And the Word was as to His essence, fully God.”
THEOS in John 1:1c is most likely qualitative: “Thus, Jesus is God in every sense the Father is” (Hartley, p. 40). Many scholars have concluded with the utmost confidence that Jesus was not a created spirit creature but was simply there (uncreated) in the beginning of time with God Himself.

The phrase “sons of ‘elohim” is used in Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7, as well as in Genesis 6:2,4. In each of the
former cases, the reference is to angels. Psalms 29:1 and 89:7 use the phrase “sons of ‘elim,” which may refer to heavenly objects. “Sons of ‘elyon” (Psalm 82:6) may refer to the elders of Israel.13 Daniel (3:25) uses the phrase “like a son of ‘elohin,” which has reference to spiritual beings of some description. In addition, God’s chosen nation Israel often is portrayed as the spiritual son or child of God (cf. Deuteronomy 32:5; Isaiah 45:11; 43:6; Jeremiah 3:4; Hosea 1:10; 11:1)

Another interpretation:

The “sons of God” and “daughters of men” exist as an antithetical parallelism,
and refer to the godly Sethites (Genesis 4:26) and worldly Cainites (4:11), respectively. The unsanctioned and improperly motivated marriages between these two groups (6:2) led to the total moral breakdown of the existing world order (6:5), the exception among them being Noah and his family (6:8).
Further, the nephilim should not be considered the strange, mythological offspring of this union, but
rather as a class of tyrannical warriors who maintained a faith-breaking reign of terror. In this respect,
they serve as a deliberate parallel to the nephilim of Numbers 33, who also caused God’s people to stumble.

Because that is exactly what they are: sons of God.

Angels are spirit creatures created by Jehovah and Jesus together.

Jesus was directed created by Jehovah and so that is why he has a different title ie ONLY BEGOTTEN.

The difference is that angels were created by God, whereas Jesus was sired by God, but birthed by Mary.

The main meaning of angel is messenger. It is a term used of humans too not just spirit creatures.

They are called sons of God (as is Adam Luke 3:38) because they were made by an act of will, direct creation, rather than human sexuality. Thus, they have no life giver, no source of life except God and then his Son (Jesus) too.

There is a BIG difference between the only begotten Son of God (Jesus) and sons of God (all spirit beings referred to together including Jesus Hebrews 5:8, 9 where Jesus is called a son as opposed to the son, or the other sons of God separating Jesus.

The only begotten Son (Jesus as spirit before material universe existed) is the ONLY one directly created by the Father. He genesised (created/begot) the other sons. Colossians 1:15-17. So Satan is not his brother (though in a spiritual sense he was a brother when he obeyed before he sinned).

After his faithfulness on earth, Jesus was separated even farther from the other sons of God and given a name and inheritance more exalted than theirs. Hebrews chapter 1, 1 Timothy 6:16. That is, Jesus was finally elevated to immortality as his Father had. Immortal life is self existance and rulership. It is also promised to the saints, his bride who judge with him. 1 Cor. 15:50-53, Rev. 20:4-6, 2 Peter 1:4….they all get to share the divine nature in a way exalted over the mere angelic sons of God.

Although the saints were not outright sons…they did not exist before the founding of earth and their human life. John 8:23, 6:46. They were adopted (search on adopted, adoption as sons).

Immortality is only given to these absolutely faithful and trustworthy ones who will rule us and decide our eternal inheritance as good or evil.

These saints due to their faithfulness and being Christ’s BRIDE, and without spot, etc. are called virgins in the Bible. 2 Corinthians 11:2 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Being a fleshly virgin matters not at all. Being a spiritual virgin does. Rev. 14:1-4, James 1:1, 2, 18, John 1:29, Hebrews 12:22, Gal. 4:26, Rev. 5:9, 10.


To Asia N or others who LOVE to point that out, may I POINT OUT, that Jesus did not become the Messiah until his baptism in 33 AD being anointed by holy spirit.

At that time, he was exalted over the angels and given authority over demons. Not only him, but his apostles too….so they all began to rebuke demons and cast them out etc.

Matthew 28 KJV
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Luke 10 KJV
16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

It is called Being “born again”, the baptism of the Holy Ghost, etc. Jesus did not have it before 29 AD at his baptism in water by John. He gave it to others as well.

People think they are born again, born of the Holy Ghost, but have no idea what it means nor when/how it happened. You guys should have known the answer correctly to that question to start with and not even had to gripe at JWs for it and think you had us.

You actually have no idea of the meaning and purpose of terms you claim to carry as doctrines and support as truth.

christian here.

angels ARE the sons of God.
there are no female angels.
they ARE the children of God.

Son of God
this refers specifically to Jesus Christ … in the flesh
meaning as a human-man, Jesus Christ was Son of God.
meaning Jesus Christ is not … son of God which refer spec. to angels.

there are only 2 species in heaven … God and angels.
Since Christ was not an angel, He is Jehovah as YOU people pronounce it or YHWH.

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