"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.
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God declared Jesus Christ as his only begotten Son, when he raised him from the dead, but not when he was born. Then, God sent him to the world, that we are being turned away from sinning that we might live holy through him (John 3:16, Acts 3:26, 1 John 4:9). If we keep ourselves obedient, God will beget us as sons (1 Peter 1:3-5), and we will be as Jesus Christ.
I assume that every Christian know the scripture, John 3:16. John 3:16 says "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." Preachers teach that God the Father has given Jesus as a sacrifice on the cross, and refer this scripture verse. No, the begotten Son is not the Man Jesus, but he is the resurrected Jesus Christ, and he is God, or we may say that he is God the Son.
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 says 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. For more details, you may refer to these links: "Begotten Son," & "Son of Man."
Why is this important for us to know that Jesus Christ became the begotten Son, by a declaration and not by birth? If the Jesus Christ became the begotten Son to God by birth, it was by Virgin Birth, and he will be the only one, and there will be nobody else. God's purpose of creation is to beget Sons for him, from the human beings. That is the why, God declared him as the begotten Son, so that he may declare more as his Sons. The Man Jesus became the begotten Son of God and made a precedent, so that we, who are men/women, also can become begotten sons of God to inherit heaven. Please don't think that it is blasphemy, God has said this in scriptures. "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. Since this is the plan of God to bring many sons to glory through Jesus Christ, he taught his disciples to call God as the Father, even before it happens. Now, God is the Father for all those who have the hope by the resurrection of 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 through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." So, on the last day, God may beget us. But the process begins as we live in the world.
Since Jesus Christ, who was Man Jesus, became the begotten Son of God, that give us man/woman also hope to become begotten Sons of God. But, how? "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." God gives us the begotten Son Jesus Christ, who is the resurrected Jesus Christ, who is God in Spirit, but the reference is not to the Man Jesus on the cross. We have to believe in him for everlasting life. What is to believe in him? It is to believe in what he is doing. "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." That is, this Jesus will turn us away from even our iniquities. So, we should be perfect without any sin. If we believe in him that he is doing it in us, he will make us free from our sins. "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 through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." As we believe in him, by the hope of declaration on Jesus Christ, we will also be begotten. "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." So, we will live through the begotten Son Jesus Christ, we will also be declared as begotten sons by God. If you would like to know more about how you can become a begotten son of God and become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, please click on this link and study the lesson. Link is: "Joint-heirs with Jesus Christ."
The will of God for Jesus Christ was to die as the Lamb, take away the first, and to establish the second. Jesus Christ was declared as the begotten Son of God and was anointed as God. "Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 1:8 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. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee ..." So, God the Word became God the Son. The will of God for a disciple or an apostle, is to forsake all, take his/her cross and to follow Jesus Christ. They will be declared as the Bride of Christ in heaven and will be with Jesus Christ through eternity. (For details refer this link: Bride, Heaven). The will of God in us is to receive the Holy spirit from God and to be led of the spirit in life and to live a holy and righteous life. "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.
A believer should not be of this evil world; they must abstain from fornication, and be sanctified. "1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:" God is not respecter of persons. "Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." No person is special to God for a special will of God. If you are a believer we must not only say that you believe, but you must believe what Jesus Christ says and what he does, and we must completely believe in him. Then, you will do what he tell you to do, and you will live for him. If you thus believe, 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. If you just bluff that you believe, but do not trust him in real life, then you will not have any power in your life, and you will be just deceiving yourself. But, if you want to be his son, and ask God for his spirit, he will give his Holy Spirit to you. "Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" When the Spirit comes, he will guide you. "John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come." If you follow the Spirit of God, you will become the Sons of God with an inheritance in heaven. "Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Obey God and endure suffering. God does not serve us; but we serve Him. God does not pre-forgive us and authorize us to commit sin; he requires us to live pure, obeying God. We are his creation and we must do his 'will'. Then, he will reward an inheritance in heaven. For more details, let me give a link: "New Heaven." Thank you.
God Bless You