Thursday, May 5, 2011

Begotten...when and why

When was Jesus Christ begotten? 

Psalm 2: 6-9
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

From this passage, it would appear that he will be begotten when he is set up as king on the holy hill of Zion.  I would appreciate your thoughts.

When looking at the word "begotten," especially in its relation to Psalm 2:6-7, we must as always remember how the Holy Ghost teaches us—how he defines words. The Holy Ghost teaches us by us looking at all the verses where the word is used in scripture in order to define it.

1 Corinthians 2:13
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

So when we do that, we see that the issue of begotten is mentioned 24 times in scripture. And when I study them out, I see that it has to do generally with "giving life unto an heir."

But also, we see something even greater/deeper, that is, not only is it used generally to ‘give life’ unto an heir, but also more 'resurrection' life!

God uses the word begotten most times in reference to resurrection life, particularly that of the Lord Jesus Christ after His sacrificial death on the Cross!

You see, it is the resurrection of our Lord that proves that He is the Son of God.

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

When God begot him, that is, resurrected him from the dead, He did it to prove that he was God's Son, and therefore his heir of all things!  And that's exactly what these verses are talking about:

Revelation 1:5
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

In fact, begotten is so closely related to resurrection life, that the bible uses it in Hebrews to describe Abraham's sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22.

Hebrews 11:17-19
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

So because our Lord is God's begotten/resurrected Son, He also is His first begotten, and there will be others through Him...

John 1:12, 18
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:

No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words

So how does all this give light to Psalm 2?

Psalm 2:7
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Psalm 2:7 is a prophecy of something that has not happened yet, as well as something that has already happened in the past (setting his king on his holy hill of Zion...and also royal decree that Israel's Messiah King will declare at his kingdom coronation service in the future here in the earth in New Jerusalem). Notice that he says that God the Father "hath" said unto him. This is something that happened in the past, at his resurrection!

Hopefully this helps! 

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