"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
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 when he raised him from the dead, not when he was born. The 'only begotten' becomes the 'first begotten', as God begins to beget us also as his sons.
Jesus Christ was "God the Word" from eternal past, became "Son of Man" at his physical birth by Virgin Mary, was declared as "Begotten Son" at his resurrection by God the Father, and God anointed him as "God the Son" at his ascension. Since then, he is "God the Son" as well as "God the Word" till eternity future. Our topic is "begotten Son." In English, father begets and mother gives birth. So, begets points to the birth. So, it is not a mistake to think that God the Father begets (give birth to) a son. But, reproduction must be of the same kind. God is a Spirit, and a spirit cannot reproduce flesh baby. As God, he can create a baby, but he cannot reproduce flesh, since he is not flesh. Let us keep that aside and see what the scripture say about it."Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Acts 13:32 And 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." Psalm 2:7 says that 'God the Most high' declares the flesh baby as his son, and calls it begetting. So here, begetting is declaring, but not giving birth. Acts 13 says that God declares Jesus as his begotten Son when he has raised him from the dead. Without looking at the scriptures, pastors and preachers teach that God begets Jesus through Virgin Mary. But, Jesus of Nazareth is the beloved Son, but not the begotten Son of God. Second Psalm prophesied this. Book of Acts explains the fulfillment of the prophecy. God did not give birth to a Son, but declared him as the begotten Son. This declaration is like adopting a person as his Son by his godly authority. But, it is sad that preachers refer the physical birth of Jesus of Nazareth, as the begotten Son.
Please read the following two lessons for the truth of the Bible from these links: "Begotten Son," and "Son of Man." Thank you.
God Bless You