Children of God
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Children of God

CHILDREN OF GOD

Introduction: Meaning of Terms

I. OLD TESTAMENT TEACHING

1. Mythological Survivals

2. Created Sonship

3. Israel's Collective Covenant Sonship

4. Individual and Personal Relation

5. Universalizing the Idea

II. NEW TESTAMENT TEACHING

1. Physical and Limited Sonship Disappears

2. As Religious Experience, or Psychological Fact

(1) Filial Consciousness of Jesus

(2) Communicated to Men

3. As Moral Condition, or Ethical Fact

4. As State of Being, or Ontological Fact

(1) Essence of Christ's Sonship

(2) Men's Sonship

5. As Relation to God, or Theological Fact

(1) Eternal Generation

(2) The Work of Grace

Introduction: Meaning of Terms:

Children (Sons and Daughters) of God (bene and benoth 'elohim, literally "sons and daughters of God"; tekna theou, and huioi theou): so the King James Version; but the Revised Version (British and American) translates the latter Greek phrase more accurately "sons of God." Tekna contains the idea of origin or descent, but also that of personal relation, and is often used metaphorically of "that intimate and reciprocal relationship formed between men by the bonds of love, friendship, trust, just as between parents and children" (Grimm-Thayer). Huioi, too, conveys the ideas of origin, and of personal relation, but the latter in the fuller form in which it appears in mature age. "The difference between huios and teknon appears to be that whereas teknon denotes the natural relationship of child to parent, huios implies in addition to this the recognized status and legal privileges reserved for sons" (Sanday and Headlam, on Romans 8:14). This difference obtains, however, only in a very general sense.

The above phrases denote the relation in which men are conceived to stand to God, either as deriving their being from Him and depending upon Him, or as standing in that personal relation of intimate trust and love toward Him which constitutes the psychological fact of sonship. The exact significance of the expression depends upon the conception of God, and particularly of His Fatherhood, to which it corresponds. It therefore attains to its full significance only in the New Testament, and its meaning in the Old Testament differs considerably, even though it marks stages of development up to the New Testament idea.

I. Old Testament Teaching.

The most primitive form of the idea appears in Genesis 6:1-4, where the sons of God by marrying the fair daughters of men become the fathers of the giants.

1. Mythological Survivals:

These were a subordinate order of Divine beings or demi-gods, and the title here may mean no more, although it was probably a survival of an earlier idea of the actual descent of these gods from a higher God. The idea of a heavenly court where the sons of God come to present themselves before Yahweh is found in quite late literature (Job 1:6; Job 2:1; Job 38:7 Psalm 29:1; Psalm 89:6). In all these cases the phrase implies a certain kinship with God and dependence upon Him on the part of the Divine society around Him. But there is no evidence to show whether the idea of descent of gods from God survived to any extent, nor is there any indication of a very close personal relationship. Satan is unsympathetic, if not hostile. In one obviously polytheistic reference, the term implies a similarity of appearance (Daniel 3:25). In a secondary sense the titles "gods," and "sons of the Most High" are given to magistrates, as exercising God's authority (Psalm 82:6).

2. Created Sonship:

The idea of creation has taken the place of that of procreation in the Old Testament, but without losing the sense of sonship. "Saith Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: Ask me. concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands" (Isaiah 45:11). Israel acknowledges the absolute sovereignty of God as her Father and Maker (Isaiah 64:8). Israel's Maker is also her Husband, and by inference the Father of her children (Isaiah 54:5). Since all Israel has one Father, and one God created her, the tribes owe brotherly conduct to one another (Malachi 2:10). Yahweh upbraids His sons and daughters whom He as their Father bought, made and established. "He forsook God who made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.. Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that gave thee birth" (Deuteronomy 32:6, 15, 18). These passages reveal the transition from the idea of original creation to that of making and establishing Israel as a nation. All things might be described as children of God if creation alone brought it to pass, but Israel stands in a unique relation to God.

3. Israel's Collective Covenant Sonship:

The covenant relation of God with Israel as a nation is the chief form in which man's sonship and God's fatherhood appear in the Old Testament. "Israel is my son, my firstborn" (Exodus 4:22); "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt" (Hosea 11:1). And to be children of God involves the obligation to be a holy people (Deuteronomy 14:1, 2). But Israel has proved unworthy of her status: "I. have brought up children, and they have rebelled against me" (Isaiah 1:2, 4; Isaiah 30:1, 9). Yet He will have pity upon them: "for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn" (Jeremiah 31:9, 20). Israel's unworthiness does not abolish the relation on God's side; she can therefore return to Him again and submit to His will (Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8); and His pity exceeds a mother's love (Isaiah 49:15). The filial relation of Israel to God is summed up and symbolized in a special way in the Davidic king: "I will be his father, and he shall be my son" (2 Samuel 7:14 = 1 Chronicles 17:13; compare 1 Chronicles 22:10; 1 Chronicles 28:6 Psalm 2:7).

4. Individual and Personal Relation:

God's fatherhood to collective Israel necessarily tends to develop into a personal relation of father and son between Him and individual members of the nation. The children of Israel, whatever their number, shall be called "the sons of the living God" (Hosea 1:10). Yahweh's marriage relation with Israel as a nation made individual Israelites His children (Hosea 2:19, 20 Jeremiah 3:14, 22; compare Isaiah 50:1 Ezekiel 16:20, 21; Ezekiel 23:37), and God's ownership of His children, the individual members of the nation, is asserted (compare Psalm 127:3). Chastisement and pity alike God deals forth as Father to His children (Deuteronomy 1:31; Deuteronomy 8:5 Psalm 103:13), and these are intimate personal relations which can only obtain between individuals.

5. Universalizing the Idea:

In another direction the idea of God as the father of Israel tends to be modified by the inclusion of the Gentiles. The word "first-born" (in Exodus 4:22 and Jeremiah 31:9, 20) may be only an emphatic form of expressing sonship, or it may already suggest the possibility of the adoption of the Gentiles. If that idea is not present in words, it is an easy and legitimate inference from several passages, that Gentiles would be admitted some day into this among the rest of Israel's privileges (Isaiah 19:25; Isaiah 65:1 Zechariah 14:16).

II. New Testament Teaching.

1. Physical and Limited Sonship Disappears:

As the doctrine of Divine fatherhood attains its full spiritual and moral significance in the New Testament, so does the experience and idea of sonship. All traces of physical descent have disappeared. Paul's quotation from a heathen poet: "For we are also his offspring" (Acts 17:28), whatever its original significance, is introduced by the apostle for the purpose of enforcing the idea of the spiritual kinship of God and men. The phrase "Son of God" applied to Christ by the Roman centurion (Matthew 27:54 Mark 15:39) may or may not, in his mind, have involved the idea of physical descent, but its utterance was the effect of an impression of similarity to the gods, produced by the exhibition of power attending His death. The idea of creation is assumed in the New Testament, but generally it is not prominent in the idea of sonship. The virgin birth of Jesus, however, may be understood as implying either the creative activity of the Holy Spirit, or the communication of a preexistent Divine being to form a new human personality, but the latter idea also would involve creative activity in the physical realm (compare Luke 3:38: "Adam (son) of God"). The limitations of the Old Testament conception of sonship as national and collective disappear altogether in the New Testament; God is father of all men, and of every man. In potentiality at least every man and all men are sons of God. The essence of sonship consists in a personal experience and moral likeness which places man in the most intimate union and communion with God.

2. As Religious Experience, or Psychological Fact:

(1) Filial Conciousness of Jesus.

Divine sonship was first realized and made manifest in the consciousness of Jesus (Matthew 11:27). For Him it meant unbroken personal knowledge of God and communion with Him, and the sense of His love for Him and of His satisfaction and delight in Him (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5 Mark 1:11; Mark 9:7 Luke 3:22; Luke 9:35). Whether the "voice out of the heavens saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" was objective or not, its message always dwelt in the filial consciousness of Jesus. The Father's love was to Him a source of knowledge and power (John 5:20), the reward of His self-sacrifice (John 10:17) and the inspiration of His love for men (John 15:9).

Sonship meant for Him His Messianic mission (Matthew 16:16, 17). It involved His dependence on the Father and His obedience to Him (John 5:19, 30; John 8:29), and a resulting confidence in His mission (John 5:36; John 10:36, 37). It filled Him with a sense of dignity, power and glory which the Father gave Him, and would yet give in larger measure (Matthew 26:63, 14; Matthew 16:27 John 17:5).

(2) Communicated to Men.

Jesus communicated His own experience of God to men (John 14:9) that they also might know the Father's love and dwell in it (John 17:26). Through Him and through Him alone can they become children of God in fact and in experience (John 1:12; John 14:6 Matthew 11:27). It is therefore a distinctively Christian experience and always involves a relation of faith in Christ and moral harmony with Him. It differs from His experience in one essential fact, at least in most men. It involves an inner change, a change of feeling and motive, of ideal and attitude, that may be compared to a new birth (John 3:3). Man must turn and return from disobedience and alienation through repentance to childlike submission (Luke 15:18-20). It is not the submission of slaves, but the submission of sons, in which they have liberty and confidence before God (Galatians 4:6), and a heritage from Him for their possession (Galatians 4:6, 7 Romans 8:17). It is the liberty of self-realization. As sons they recognize their kinship with God, and share his mind and purpose, so that His commands become their pleasure: "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous" (1 John 5:3). They have boldness and access to God (Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 3:12). With this free union of love with God there comes a sense of power, of independence of circumstances, of mastery over the world, and of the possession of all things necessary which become the heirs of God (Matthew 6:26, 32; Matthew 7:11). "For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world" (1 John 5:4). They learn that the whole course and destiny of creation is for the "revealing of the sons of God" (Romans 8:19, 21).

3. As Moral Condition, or Ethical Fact:

Christ's sonship involved His moral harmony with the Father: "I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" (John 15:10; John 8:53). He accomplished the work which the Father gave Him to do (John 17:4; John 5:19), "becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8). And sonship makes the same demand upon men. The peacemakers and those who forgive like God are His children (Matthew 5:9, 45 Luke 6:35). "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these (and these only) are sons of God" (Romans 8:14). God will be Father to the holy (2 Corinthians 6:18). The test and mark of the children of God is that they do righteousness and love the brethren (1 John 3:10). They are blameless and harmless, without blemish, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2:15). Therefore their ideal of life is to be "imitators of God" and to walk in love even as Christ did (Ephesians 5:1). Sonship grows to its consummation as the life grows in the likeness of Christ, and the final destiny of all sons is to be ever like Him (1 John 3:2).

4. As State of Being, or Ontological Fact:

Sonship is properly and primarily a relation, but it may so dominate and transform the whole of a man's life, thought and conduct as to become his essential being, the most comprehensive category under which all that he is may be summed up.

(1) Essence of Christ's Sonship.

It is so that the New Testament comprehends the person of Christ. Everything that He did, He did as God's son, so that He is the Son, always and ever Son. In the beginning, in the bosom of the Father, He is the ONLY BEGOTTEN (which see) Son (John 1:1, 18). He is born a Son of God (Luke 1:35). He begins life in the things of His Father (Luke 2:49). His whole life is that of the beloved Son (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5). As Son of God He dies (Matthew 26:63 Luke 22:70 Matthew 27:40, 43; compare John 5:18). In His resurrection He was declared to be the Son of God with power (Romans 1:4); as Jesus the Son of God He is our great high priest in heaven (Hebrews 4:14), and in the glory of His father He will come to judge in the last day (Matthew 16:27).

(2) Men's Sonship.

Unlike Him, men's moral sonship is neither eternal nor universal. Are they therefore sons in any sense always and everywhere? All children are heirs of the kingdom of God and objects of the Father's care (Luke 18:16 Matthew 18:10). But men may turn away from the Father and become unworthy to be called His sons (Luke 15:13, 19). They may become children of the devil (1 John 3:10 John 8:44), and children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Then they lose the actuality, but not the potentiality, of sonship. They have not the experience or character of sons, but they are still moral and rational beings made in the image of God, open to the appeal and influence of His love, and able to "rise and go to their Father." They are objects of God's love (John 15:13 Romans 5:8) and of His gracious search and seeking (Luke 15:4 John 11:52). But they are actual sons only when they are led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14); and even so their sonship will only be consummated in the resurrection (Romans 8:23 Luke 20:36).

5. As Relation to God, or Theological Fact:

In the relation of father and son, fatherhood is original and creative. That does not necessarily mean priority in time.

(1) Eternal Generation.

Origen's doctrine of the eternal generation of Christ, by which is meant that God and Christ always stood in the relation of Father and Son to one another, is a just interpretation of the New Testament idea that the Son "was in the beginning with God" (pros ton Theon). But Jesus was conscious of His dependence upon the Father and that His sonship was derived from Him (John 5:19, 36). Still more manifest is it that men derive their sonship from God. He made them for Himself, and whatever in human nature qualifies men to become sons of God is the free gift of God. But men in their sin and disobedience could not come to a knowledge of the Father, had He not "sent forth his Son. that we might receive the adoption of sons" (Galatians 4:4, 5): "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God" (1 John 3:1); "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son" (which see) who gave men "the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 3:16; John 1:12). It is not the children of the flesh but the children of the promise who are children of God (Romans 9:4). The mere act of birth does not constitute men into children of God, but His covenant of free grace must be added. God being essentially Father made men and the universe, sent His Son and His Spirit, "for the revealing of the sons of God." But they can only know the Father, and realize their sonship when they respond to His manifestation of fatherly love, by faith in God and obedience to Him.

(2) The Work of Grace.

The question whether sonship is natural and universal or conditional upon grace working through faith, does not admit of a categorical answer. The alternatives are not strict antitheses. God does all things as Father. To endow man with rational and moral nature capable of his becoming a son was an act of love and grace, but its whole purpose can be communicated only in response to faith in Christ. But a natural sonship which is not actual is meaningless. A man's moral condition and his attitude toward God are the most essential elements of his nature, for a man's nature is just the sum total of his thoughts, acts and states. If these are hostile or indifferent to God, there is nothing left that can have the reality or bear the name of son. For if the word son be used of mere creaturehood and potentiality, that is to give it a meaning entirely different from New Testament usage. All men by nature are potential sons, because God has made them for sonship and does all things to win them into their heritage. Men may be sons of God in a very imperfect and elementary manner. The sharp transitions of Pauline and Johannine theology are rather abstract distinctions for thought than actual descriptions of spiritual processes. But Paul and John also contemplate a growth in sonship, "till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full-grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13).

SeeSONS OF GOD.

For lit. and further discussion, see special articles on ADOPTION; GOD; JESUS CHRIST.

T. Rees

Greek
5319. phaneroo -- to make visible, make clear
... 5319 ("become manifest") in 1 Jn 3:2. 1 Jn 3:2: "Beloved, now we are children
of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. ...
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3816. pais -- a child, boy, youth
... male child, boy, (b) a male slave, servant; thus: a servant of God, especially as ...
a child, boy, youth NASB Word Usage boy (4), child (1), children (1), girl's ...
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4888. sundoxazo -- to join in approving, hence to glorify together
... Ro 8:17: "Moreover if (1487 ) children, heirs also; indeed heirs of God even
fellow-heirs with Christ -- if indeed (1512 ) we suffer with Him in order that ...
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5206. huiothesia -- adoption
... of huios and a derivative of tithemi; the placing as a son, ie Adoption (figuratively,
Christian sonship in respect to God) -- adoption (of children, of sons). ...
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5043. teknon -- a child (of either sex)
... This prompts God to them into . ... Word Origin from tikto Definition a child (of either
sex) NASB Word Usage child (13), children (76), children's (2), son (8 ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4432. Molek -- a heathen god to whom Isr. sacrificed children
... 4431, 4432. Molek. 4433 . a heathen god to whom Isr. sacrificed children.
Transliteration: Molek Phonetic Spelling: (mo'-lek) Short Definition: Molech. ...
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Children Praising God.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN CCCXXXIV. Children praising God. 8.6.8.6 James Montgomery.
Children praising God. Glory to the Father give,. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn cccxxxiv children praising god.htm

The Children of God are Led by the Spirit of God.
... A Treatise on rebuke and grace, Chapter 4"The Children of God are Led
by the Spirit of God. Let those, therefore, not deceive ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 4the children of god.htm

Some are Children of God According to Grace Temporally Received ...
... According to God's Eternal Foreknowledge. Nor let it disturb us that to
some of His children God does not give this perseverance. ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 20 ix some are children.htm

Characters of the Children of God. From Several Scriptures.
... HYMN 143 Characters of the children of God. From several scriptures. CM
Characters of the children of God. From several scriptures. ...
/.../watts/the psalms and hymns of isaac watts/hymn 143 characters of the.htm

Dedication of Children to God and Christ.
... RELIGIOUS EXULTATION. 665. " Dedication of Children to God and Christ. 665.
CM Doddridge. Dedication of Children to God and Christ. ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/665 dedication of children.htm

Prayer for Children. 1 God of Mercy
... EARLY RELIGIOUS CULTURE. 738. " Prayer for Children. 1 God of mercy. 738.
7s. M. Campbell's Coll. Prayer for Children. 1 God of ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/738 prayer for children.htm

True Children of God are True Disciples of Christ.
... A Treatise on rebuke and grace, Chapter 22."True Children of God are True
Disciples of Christ. Finally, the Saviour Himself says ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 22 true children of god.htm

Exhortations to Christians as they are Children of God
... 20. Exhortations to Christians as they are children of God. ... It were blasphemy to
call these the children of God. Will a true child jeer at his Father's picture? ...
/.../20 exhortations to christians as.htm

Characters of the Children of God, from Several Scriptures.
... Hymns. Book 1. Hymn 1:143. Characters of the children of God, from several
scriptures. 1 So new born babes desire the breast To ...
/.../watts/hymns and spiritual songs/hymn 0 140972222 characters of the.htm

September 27. "The Glorious Liberty of the Children of God" (Rom. ...
... SEPTEMBER 27. "The glorious liberty of the children of God" (Rom. viii. 21).
"The glorious liberty of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). ...
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Subtopics

Children

Children and Death

Children and Heaven

Children and Marriage

Children and Parents

Children and Prayer

Children and Sin

Children are a Gift from God

Children are Capable of Glorifying God

Children As a Blessing

Children Being a Blessing

Children Being Obedient

Children Born out of Wedlock

Children Gods Gift

Children Going to Heaven

Children Going to Hell

Children Growing Up

Children Having Children

Children in Answer to Prayer: Hannah

Children in Answer to Prayer: Isaac

Children in Answer to Prayer: Leah

Children in Answer to Prayer: Rachel

Children in Answer to Prayer: To Abraham

Children in Answer to Prayer: Zacharias

Children Leaving Home

Children Leaving Their Parents

Children Murdering Parents

Children Obeying Their Parents

Children of Eden

Children of God

Children of God's People, Holy

Children of God's People, Interested in the Promises

Children of Israel

Children of Ministers

Children of the Bridechamber

Children of the East

Children of the Righteous, Blessed of God

Children out of Wedlock

Children Responsibility

Children Returning Home

Children Salvation

Children Sinning

Children were Named: After Relatives

Children were Named: from Circumstances Connected With Their Birth

Children were Named: from Remarkable Events

Children were Named: Numerous, Considered an Especial Blessing

Children were Named: Often by God

Children were Named: Often Numerous

Children were Named: Sometimes Born when Parents Were Old

Children were Required: To Attend to Instruction

Children were Required: To Honor Their Parents

Children were Required: To Respect the Aged

Children were Required: To Submit to Discipline

Children Who Murder

Children: A Blessing

Children: Abijah

Children: Alienated, Ishmael, to Gratify Sarah

Children: Amusements of

Children: An Heritage from the Lord

Children: Anxiety of the Jews For

Children: Bastard, Excluded from the Privileges of the Congregation

Children: Blessed by Jesus

Children: Bound by Covenants of Parents

Children: Casting out of Weak Alluded To

Children: Caused to Pass Through Fire

Children: Character of, Known by Conduct

Children: Children in the Temple

Children: Christ Was an Example To

Children: Circumcised on the Eighth Day

Children: Commandments To

Children: Correction of

Children: Could Demand Their Portion During Father's Life

Children: Counsel of Parents To

Children: David

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents by Elisha

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents by Jesus

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents: David's Child by Uriah's Wife

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents: Firstborn of Egypt

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents: Healing of

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents: Raised from the Dead by Elijah

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents: Sons of Eli

Children: Death of, As a Judgment Upon Parents: Sons of Saul

Children: Dedicated to God in Infancy: Samson

Children: Dedicated to God in Infancy: Samuel

Children: Destruction of, a Punishment

Children: Difference Made Between Male and Female, in Mosaic Law

Children: Early Piety of Jeremiah

Children: Early Piety of John the Baptist

Children: Early Piety of Samuel

Children: Edict to Murder of Herod

Children: Edict to Murder of Jehu

Children: Edict to Murder of Pharaoh

Children: Elihu

Children: Esau

Children: False Instruction of

Children: Female: Inherited Property in Default of Sons

Children: Female: Taken Care of by Nurses

Children: Female: Usefully Employed

Children: Figurative

Children: Fondness and Care of Mothers For

Children: Frequently Bore the Curse of Parents

Children: Future State of

Children: God's Care of

Children: Good: Attend to Parental Teaching

Children: Good: Character of, Illustrates Conversion

Children: Good: Honor the Aged

Children: Good: Illustrative of a Teachable Spirit

Children: Good: Know the Scriptures

Children: Good: Make Their Parents' Hearts Glad

Children: Good: Obey Parents

Children: Good: Partake of the Promises of God

Children: Good: Shall be Blessed

Children: Good: Show Love to Parents

Children: Good: Take Care of Parents

Children: Good: The Lord is With

Children: Good: Their Obedience to Parents is Well Pleasing to God

Children: Grief Occasioned by Loss of

Children: Illegitimate: Despised by Their Brethren

Children: Illegitimate: Excluded from the Congregation

Children: Illegitimate: had No Inheritance

Children: Illegitimate: Not Cared for by the Father

Children: Illegitimate: Sometimes Sent Away With Gifts

Children: Inhuman Practice of offering to Idols

Children: Instance of, Leah and Rachel

Children: Instruction of

Children: Involved in Guilt of Parents

Children: Isaac

Children: Jehoshaphat

Children: Jephthah's Daughter

Children: Jeremiah

Children: Jesus

Children: Jewish Children

Children: Job

Children: John

Children: Joseph

Children: Josiah

Children: Judah

Children: Love of, for Parents of Ruth

Children: Love of, for Parents: Jesus

Children: Male: Birth of, Announced to the Father by a Messenger

Children: Male: If First Born, Belonged to God and Were Redeemed

Children: Male: Inherited the Possessions of Their Father

Children: Male: Received the Blessing of Their Father Before his Death

Children: Male: Under the Care of Tutors, Till They Came of Age

Children: Male: Usefully Employed

Children: Minors

Children: Mode of Giving Public Instruction To

Children: Moses

Children: Mostly Nursed by the Mothers

Children: Named at Circumcision

Children: Not Punished for Parents' Sake

Children: Not to Have: A Reproach in Israel

Children: Not to Have: Considered an Affliction

Children: Nurses For

Children: Obadiah

Children: Often Given in Answer to Prayer

Children: Often Prayed For

Children: Often Wicked and Rebellious

Children: Partiality Among, Forbidden

Children: Partiality of Parents Among: Jacob for Joseph

Children: Partiality of Parents Among: Rebekah for Jacob

Children: Power of Parents Over, During the Patriarchal Age

Children: Prayer in Behalf of

Children: Promised to the Righteous

Children: Promises and Assurances To

Children: Prosperity of, Greatly Depended on Obedience of Parents

Children: Punishment of

Children: Rebellious, Punished by the Civil Power

Children: Resignation Manifested at Loss of

Children: Ruth

Children: Sacrificed

Children: Samson

Children: Samuel

Children: Saul

Children: Share Benefits of Covenant Privileges Guaranteed to Parents

Children: Shem and Japheth

Children: should Attend to Parental Teaching

Children: should be Brought Early to the House of God

Children: should be Brought to Christ

Children: should be Instructed in the Ways of God

Children: should be Judiciously Trained

Children: should Fear God

Children: should Fear Parents

Children: should Honor Parents

Children: should Honor the Aged

Children: should not Imitate Bad Parents

Children: should Obey God

Children: should Obey Parents

Children: should Remember God

Children: should Take Care of Parents

Children: Sold for Debt

Children: Sold in Marriage, Law Concerning

Children: Solomon

Children: Sometimes Devoted Their Property to Avoid Supporting Parents

Children: Symbolical of the Regenerated

Children: Taught to Walk

Children: The Gift of God

Children: The Israelitish Maid, Captive in Syria

Children: Timothy

Children: Treatment of, After Birth, Noticed

Children: Treatment of, at Birth

Children: Tutors and Governors For

Children: Unclassified Scriptures Relating To

Children: Weaning of

Children: Weaning of, a Time of Joy and Feasting

Children: Wicked

Children: Wicked: Abijam

Children: Wicked: Absalom

Children: Wicked: Adonijah

Children: Wicked: Adrammelech and Sharezer

Children: Wicked: Ahaziah

Children: Wicked: Amon

Children: Wicked: Canaan

Children: Wicked: Children at Beth-El

Children: Wicked: Eli's Sons

Children: Wicked: Ishmael

Children: Wicked: Lot's Daughters

Children: Wicked: Samaritans' Descendants

Children: Wicked: Samuel's Sons

Children: Wicked: Sennacherib's Sons

Children: Worship, Attend Divine

Childrens Ministry

Daycare

Good Children: Adduced As a Motive for Submission to God

Good Children: Attend to Parental Teaching

Good Children: Children in the Temple

Good Children: Daniel

Good Children: David

Good Children: Esther

Good Children: Honor the Aged

Good Children: Illustrative of a Teachable Spirit

Good Children: Isaac

Good Children: Jephthah's Daughter

Good Children: Job

Good Children: John the Baptist

Good Children: Joseph

Good Children: Josiah

Good Children: Know the Scriptures

Good Children: Make Their Parents' Hearts Glad

Good Children: Obadiah

Good Children: Obey Parents

Good Children: Observe the Law of God

Good Children: Partake of the Promises of God

Good Children: Samson

Good Children: Samuel

Good Children: Shall be Blessed

Good Children: Show Love to Parents

Good Children: Spirit of, a Requisite for the Kingdom of Heaven

Good Children: Take Care of Parents

Good Children: The Lord is With

Good Children: Their Obedience to Parents is Well Pleasing to God

Good Children: Timothy

Minors: Legal Status of

Surrogacy

Wicked Children are Proud

Wicked Children are Void of Understanding

Wicked Children with Regard to Parents are a Calamity to Them

Wicked Children with Regard to Parents are a Grief to Them

Wicked Children with Regard to Parents: Bring Reproach on Them

Wicked Children with Regard to Parents: Curse Them

Wicked Children with Regard to Parents: Despise Them

Wicked Children with Regard to Parents: Despised Their Elders

Wicked Children with Regard to Parents: Hearken not to Them

Wicked Children: AbsalomLinks

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