4. The name or title Son of God has been given by the Church exclusively to Jesus Christ; but
it is never used in the Gospels in this restricted sense, being applied indiscriminately to all human creatures. Thus, when speaking to a multitude of people, Jesus Christ says—
Matt. v. 16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your heavenly Father.
Matt. v. 45: Be ye sons of your heavenly Father: for he lets his sun rise on the good and on the evil, and he lets his rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Luke vi. 36: Be ye merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
Matt. vi. 1: Take heed that you give not your alms before men, that they may see you: for so you shall receive no reward from your heavenly Father.
Matt. vi. 4: Let thine alms be given in secret: and thy Father, who sees in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matt. v. 48: Be therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matt. vi. 6: But thou, when thou prayest, retire into thy room, and, having shut thy door, pray to thy Father in secret; and thy Father, who sees in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Matt. vi. 8: Be not like unto them: for your Father knows whereof you have need, even before you ask him.