Saturday, March 15, 2014

His Only Begotten Son

Transcribed excerpt from an audio message by Bro Ron Knight...

This is the most famous verse in Scripture:

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.

What does that mean?  Is it like what the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe? That Jesus was created by God in a moment of time?  His flesh was, but not his deity.  He was preexistent. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.  The child was born through Mary; but the Son of God existed from everlasting.

So do the Jehovah’s Witnesses have it right? 

Matthew 22:29
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God

The answer is, No!  They’ll take something and run with it without looking at the context.

He is God.  God is his title.  He is eternal and everlasting.

Micah 5:2
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Then what does ‘begotten’ mean?  Notice what it says in the second psalm where God is talking about setting up the Kingdom.  In context, it is dealing with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 2:7-8
I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me [Jesus the Messiah], Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten theeAsk of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Now let me show you something.  The focus of that Messianic Psalm is the ministry of the Lord all the way through to the Kingdom.  But how do we know it’s talking about the resurrection of Christ?  Because the Spirit of God tells us through Paul in the book of Acts:

Acts 13:33
God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

Notice that when Paul talks about a begotten being, he says, And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead.”  The issue is the resurrection.  When you think about ‘begotten’, it can be true that it has to do with a father conceiving a son.

Matthew 1:2
Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

But when it’s talking about the Lord Jesus the eternal Son of God, he was begotten by the Father when he was raised from the dead at the resurrection.

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,

Transcribed excerpt from a message by Bro Ron Knight…

Hopefully this helps!

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