The Son of God : Act II
The Son of God : Act IV

The Son of God : Act III

...continued from The Son of God : Act II

The Only-Begotten

One of the doctrinal pillars on which the "deity" of Jesus of Nazareth rests is the assiduous cultivation of the idea that Jesus was the “only-begotten son of God born of the Father before all ages”.

Expectations from the Hebrew Scriptures:

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

"He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth." (Psalm 89:26-27)

The New Testament fulfillment:

"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. (Acts 13:33-34. Read from verse 16 to verse 42)

Shortly before making this utterance, Paul said of Jesus' birth -

"Of this man's (David's) seed, hath God according to promise, brought into Israel, a Saviour Jesus." (Acts. 13:23)

And again from Paul:

"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:1-4)

"And he is the head of the body; the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead." (Colossians 1:18, Revelation 1:5)

Jesus became the only-begotten son, the first-born from the dead, the first-fruits in the New Creation on the day of his resurrection.

Note that the following are also 'sons' of God and 'begotten of God':

"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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12)

Comments

Jacob

Good stuff. I have really been enjoying browsing through your past posts, and now keeping up with the new ones.

After growing up and spending the past 30 plus years in Charismatic and Pentecostal churches I have come to the conclusion that the teachings of these groups are blatantly ineffectual and generally misleading. Only thing is...I don't even know quite what to believe anymore. I find your commentary very insightful, and even hope perhaps that it may help lead me back to a place of informed faith. I am also digging back into my old favorite, C.S. Lewis and farther back into the works of George MacDonald. Even though their understanding may not have been perfect, I am almost certain that these and others had a genuine revelation of God and spiritual reality above and beyond the dry dogma of Christian religion.

vynette

Thanks for your comment Jacob. I see you and I have similar goals - mine being a fully-informed faith based on sure and permanent foundations. Such a goal is attainable. After all, it is only doctrinal Christianity, which is centred around the personality cult of 'Jesus Christ' rather than the teachings of the Hebrew Jesus of Nazareth, that make the terms 'faith' and 'reason' mutually exclusive.

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