A Tale Of Two Sons
lthough the Scriptures convey numerous accounts of two sons on different paths (such as Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael, Cain and Abel, etc.) who embark on distinctly different paths, few stop to think about the primary Biblical theme of the Son of God juxtaposed with the Son of Perdition. Unlike many other topically driven probes, both titles actually do occur in the Bible. Accordingly, this writer has found a careful examination of the two portraits yields some outstanding insight into the things of the Spirit.
A superficial look will quickly reduce the two titles to the Lord Jesus Christ, and the end time’s individual usually dubbed the Antichrist. Unfortunately, the fact that there is not a single verse in the Bible which conclusively proves there is such a thing as an individual “Antichrist,” does not deter a vast number of believers from inflating the persona of this supposed individual, to the degree the various characterizations have reached legendary proportions. Thus, at the very least, the subject merits a serious study.
First and foremost, we should immediately note how the Gospels tell us the singular Son of God performs His exemplary work of salvation, so that others can also become the sons of God:
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
This verse (and many others of a similar nature) tells us that through Jesus, we have the breathtaking opportunity to be counted as sons and daughters of God. There are other very interesting aspects about the concept of collective sons of God in the text. For instance, it is in this very same book of I John that we also learn about the plural nature of the other character in our probe, the son of perdition:
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists…” (I John 2:18).
The reader will note the fashion in which I moved from the title, the son perdition, into the common belief that this appellation references an individual Antichrist – and concluded that because there are many antichrists, the text is indirectly stating there must be many sons of perdition. Once again, the “many antichrists” seen in I John militates in favor of many “sons of perdition.”
This is hardly a tenuous connection, for John himself references the belief in the coming of Antichrist when he writes “as ye have heard that antichrist shall come” – to say nothing of the fact the reference to “many antichrists” is found in the same contextual setting as John’s repeated references to the plural term, “the sons of God.”
Over the years, I’ve learned there is a tendency to elevate the Devil’s role to a symmetrical opposite to that found in the person of the LORD – a pre-supposition which is unwarranted. Clearly, Satan wishes to be “like the most high,” but this is significantly different from being the most high. In fact, since in Christ “dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9) as the Son of God, it does not necessarily follow that the title, “the son of perdition,” is ever indicative of a super man, with evil powers granted by the dragon. In any event, not one of John’s “many antichrists” should ever be thought of as existing on a par with Jesus, as His symmetrical opposite.
In this regard, it is instructive to note how the devils recognize Christ instantly, and their collective refrain is anecdotal evidence that even the so called “prince of the devils” (Mark 3:22), must also know that Jesusis divine, and has dominion over them:
“And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29).
Thus, the Devil does not have the power to engineer a singular “son” who is the iniquitous opposite of Jesus. The prophets tell us as much when they contemptuously describe the arrival of a certain wicked one, to the place of torment where they are confined:
“They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms: That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” (Isaiah 14:16).
This begs the question of just who is in view in II Thessalonians, wherein we see the supposed Antichrist, seated in the temple of God – and how is it he can be referred to as “the son of perdition?” (II Thessalonians 2:3).
-- James Lloyd
(To Be Continued)
More information on the spiritual entities found in Scripture is found in the book THE PRINCE OF AMERICA.