This historical narrative provides the background to God’s decision to curse wicked mankind, the sons of God who rebelled, and the Nephilim with an earth-wide flood.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan declared that the solution to real freedom is independence from God. What a wicked and atrocious lie that has proved to be! Really, the more humans have ignored the moral and spiritual limits set by God, the more humanity as a whole has suffered. This worsening situation also affects us as Christians. Nevertheless, we have the hope that “the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God..” (Rom. 8:21)
Adoption: (Gr. huiothesia) The Greek noun is a legal term that literally means “adoption as son,” which means to take or accept a son or daughter who is not naturally such by relationship, including complete inheritance rights. The apostle Paul mentions adoption several times in reference to those with a new status as called and... Continue Reading →
In Genesis 6:4, the Nephilim are mentioned as being on the earth in the time of Noah. The passage reads: “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”
There are several different interpretations of who the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6:2, 4 might be. One view is that they were a group of angels who rebelled against God and married human women, producing offspring who were half-human and half-angelic. Another interpretation is that the “sons of God” were a group of human descendants of Seth, the son of Adam, who intermarried with the descendants of Cain, the son of Adam, who was banished from the Garden of Eden. Some have suggested that they were worshipers of God, as opposed to the other wicked men. So who were “the sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6:2, 4 that fathered the Nephilim, who lived before the Flood?