"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God declared Jesus Christ as his only begotten Son, not when he was born, but after he raised him from the dead. God sent him back to the world, that we being turned away from sinning and live holy through him. If we obey him, God will beget us as sons, and we will be as Jesus Christ.
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This is: declaration of Faith #9. In our previous study, we saw that God was not the father to the baby Jesus by birth, but God created a body for Jesus to become a baby. But, Christians believe that God was the father to Jesus with Mary being the mother. It is not true according to scripture. Even by common sense, God is Spirit, and he does not have a flesh body. So, he cannot bring forth a flesh offspring, because he is not of flesh. But, he can create anything, So, he has created a body for him. So, Jesus became a man. If so, how did he become the begotten Son of God? Let us study it from the Scripture.
Father begets a baby and mother gives birth to a baby. So, the word begets, points to the father in the birth of a child. Since Jesus is the begotten Son of God, it is not wrong to think that God is the father of baby Jesus with Mary as mother. However, let us study what the scripture says. "Acts 13:32 we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 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." These verses say, the prophesy from the book of Psalms is fulfilled in raising Jesus from the dead. But what is the prophesy? It says that God has begotten Jesus as his Son. But, that is not what happened. Let us see Psalm 2:7. "I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." See, God declares, but not giving birth. He declares the resurrecting as begetting. How did the resurrection become begotten? Scripture says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. So, the physical body, the flesh, cannot come to heaven in any shape or form. As Jesus ascended to heaven, the soul of Jesus had to leave the flesh body and entered in the glorified Spirit body. In his case it was the omnipotent Spirit body. It is the body of God. It was as Jesus Christ being born in God as new baby, it is like a baby is born in God, and so God declared as begetting Jesus Christ, this is according to the scripture. When Jesus came in the flesh body, he was not an offspring to God. He was a child to a virgin Mary. He was a man. But, when he came in the omnipotent Spirit, Jesus Christ is begotten Son to God, and he is God.
The next event, that happened soon after he was declared as the begotten Son, and God, is ignored or rejected by every Christian leader and by every Christian church. It is not even recognized. Let us see a couple of scriptures. Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. The bible says that God did sent Jesus Christ back to the world to bless his people turning away every one of you from his iniquities. "Hebrews 1:5 ..., Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (offspring) 6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (God sends him to the world, and with angels to serve him) 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. (this refers to the baptism with fire, and the ministry with gifts and power) 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (Jesus Christ is in the omnipotent Spirit, God anoints Jesus Christ as God, see he became a man and now he has become God again, and he comes to the world as the king of righteousness) 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (here we see that the Holy Ghost was also endorsing Jesus Christ as God)." As God and king, first, Jesus Christ baptized his disciples with the Holy Ghost and with fire, as he has promised and as John the Baptist prophesied. Matthew 3:11 (It is John speaking) I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Jesus Christ, now as the begotten Son, as well as God, has begun his ministry by giving the Holy Ghost baptism to his servants. It was the ministry of Spirit and truth. This is the ministry of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us read John 3: 14 as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Verse 14 tells about his death of Jesus on the cross, and verse 15 tells us to believe him. It is not to believe that he died, it is believing an incident, it says to believe the person. It is followed up with verses 16-18. 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Every preacher preaches verse 16 as the Father was giving Jesus as a sacrifice on the cross for our sins. No, this is about the begotten Son Jesus, who is in the omnipotent Spirit. Verse 18 says, we must believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God. God wants us to know about the only begotten Son, he is not the flesh Jesus, but he is in the omnipotent Spirit and he is God. His ministry is with the life of his people. "Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: (He was Jesus to Mary, Joseph and the people at that time). Verse 23 says, they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (So, for us, he is Emmanuel, that is God with us. He is with us as God, doing his ministry in the Spirit). Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." I know pastors this verse as a meaningless statement. But if we are in the ministry of the resurrected Jesus Christ, this verse is reality. When Jesus Christ was in the flesh body, his ministry was limited to the Jews, and with only his disciples, of course with the resistance of the religious group. That ministry was for limited time until his death. But, Christians are still in the imaginary, ceremonial, extended ministry of the Man Jesus, which is still in the flesh. It is religion, but it is the truth according to the bible. The first second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ has happened right after his resurrection. God send him back to bless us. He is here with us now and his ministry is here, and it will be here until the end of the world. He is God, and he is in his invisible omnipotent Spirit. 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. We can live through him, in the Spirit. Christian churches lead Christians to religiosity as scribes and priests were leading there people when Jesus was in the flesh. Jesus rejected them, and even now he rejects religion. But, ordinary people who believe him, will come to him. If you are a believer, dont just say that you believe him, but you must believe what Jesus Christ tells and obey him and join with him. Then only you will live for him. If you come to this point, you will become spiritual, and he will give his power to you. "John 1:12 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:" This power is for you to become the son of God. "Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." If we do, we will be declared as Sons of God and will inherit the kingdom of heaven. "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." The Sons of God will have the same glory as the Lord Jesus Christ. 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. Please notice, before he was the only begotten Son. Now, after his Spirit ministry, Jesus Christ became the first begotten son, so that we will be next following him. We will also become begotten sons after him. His invisible spirit kingdom is on earth, in which we are kings and Jesus Christ is the prince of the kings. As we reach heaven, our spirit will be glorified, will be in our glorified Spirit bodies, will with him as begotten sons.
Why is this important for us to know that Jesus Christ became the begotten Son, by a declaration and not by birth? One simple answer is that it is the truth and we must know the truth. And, if Jesus Christ became the begotten Son to God by his birth, he alone will be the begotten son. All of us, who are born through our fathers, cannot become the sons of God. But now, he is the first begotten and we will follow him, if we are in the Spiritual ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." Sons in glory are begotten sons. It is the plan of God to bring many sons to glory through Jesus Christ. "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, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God " This is the present Spiritual ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is the Father for all those who have the hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The process begins as we live in the world. Let us be diligent in spirit, with hope and faith. God will beget us on that day.
For more details; links: "New Heaven", "Joint-heirs with Jesus Christ", "Begotten Son," & "Son of Man." Thank you.
God Bless You