Who Are the “Sons of God” in Genesis6?
July 10, 2009 | From theTrumpet.com
Genesis 6 mentions the “sons of God.” Who are they? Are they angels? If so,did angels marry and reproduce?
he reference to “sons of God” in Genesis 6:1-2 has baffled many. Some believe itmeans angels married and had offspring. What is the truth about this verse?Before we look at the account in Genesis that sometimes raises these questions, let’s seewhat the Bible reveals elsewhere about angels. From Hebrews 1:14, we see that they arecreated spirits and not mortal flesh-and-blood beings. Christ is recorded in the Gospelaccounts as stating that angels are created spirits. They cannot reproduce by sexualintercourse or any other means (see Luke 20:34-36; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25). Formore information on this subject, read Chapter Two of Herbert W. Armstrong’sbook
.Angels were a special creation. Each was individually created. Why does man reproduce?Because mankind has the potential to be in the Family of God. Only mankind has beengiven this opportunity. “For unto which of the angels said he at any time,
Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?
I will be to him a Father, and he shall beto me a Son?”
(Hebrews 1:5). Only mankind, created physically, unlike the angels, maybecome spiritual “sons of God” through a begettal by God’s Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; 1John 3:1; 2 Peter 1:4). When we are also composed of spirit like the angels, we will nothave sexual function. The level of intimacy, mentally and spiritually, between us and theother members of the God Family, cannot even be fathomed. It will certainly
anything that we can compare it with on the physical plane.Against this backdrop, let’s next look at the sixth chapter of Genesis. “And it came topass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were bornunto them, that the
saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and theytook them wives of all which they chose. The
came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old,men of renown” (verses 1-4).Who, then, were these “sons of God”? The phrase can be used three different ways in theBible: 1)M
(Genesis 6:1-4; Luke 3:38; Malachi 2:10). Genesis 6 is referring to
,not angels. 2)A
(Job 38:5-7; Hebrews 1:5). 3)S
(Romans 8:14; 1John 3:1; 2 Peter 1:4). The first two groups are both created “sons of God,” physical and