1. INTRODUCTION

We must understand clearly that it is imperative to be born again in order to see and enter the kingdom of God.  This is not a religious experience such as confirmation by the church, baptism of babies for so called salvation or any other rite. Jesus the Lord God clearly told Nicodemus that this rebirth of the human spirit was mysterious and engineered by the Holy God. In order to be born again, we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

I have used Jesus’  conception and birth as a child to explain the rebirth of the human spirit. Keep in mind, however,  that while Jesus was born into the earth, He was not born again spiritually. He is always the Self Existent, Holy God, who exists yesterday, today and forever as a spiritual being, according to John 4: 24, which teaches us that “God is (a)  Spirit”.   

The rebirth of the human spirit  is engineered by God and not man. No human can claim or should claim credit for the transformation of the human spirit.   God always lays claim to all those who are reborn spirits by His Holy Power,  just as He laid claim to Jesus as His Son (and not Joseph) when He was born in the flesh. At no time was Jesus called the son of Joseph by the Prophets. Jesus reported that God said of Him:

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

Jesus’ words to David was also referenced by other writers:

  • And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth (John 1: 14).
  • No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him]  (John 1: 18).
  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begottenSon, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3: 16).
  • 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 (John 3: 18).
  • 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).
  • For unto which of the angels said he at any time, 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? (Heb 1: 5)
  • So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee (Heb 5: 5).
  • 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 (1 John 4: 9).
  • 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 (rev 1: 5).

2. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF  THE WORD BEGOTTEN?

Yalad  (Strong’s 3205) is the Hebrew word used in Psalm 2:7  to render the word begotten. Yalad means to bare, beget,  bring forth a child. Jesus spoke in Psalm 2 of His impending birth into the earth as a Child born by the power of  God.  However, although He would be born as a child, Isaiah’s prophecy shows clearly that He would come to earth as   Father  God in flesh:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

We can relate the context of Psalm 2 to the events surrounding His birth as they relate to Herod’s attempts to kill Him.  The prophecy in one sense spoke of the wrath of  Herod and the vain plan to kill the King of the Jews. God fulfilled the prophecy by teasing Herod by allowing the three men from the East to visit, asking for the birth place of the King. God had already declared the decree that Jesus was His Son and protected Him by telling Joseph to flee into Egypt.

In another sense too, the prophecy of Psalm 2 could also refer to  the astonishment and anger of the Jews when Jesus taught and performed miracles. They kept referring to Him as Joseph’s son, failing to believe that He was the Son of God (Matthew 13: 55; Mark 6: 3; Luke 4: 22; John 6: 42).  However, God confirmed that He was His son by raising  Him from the dead, according to Acts 13: 33. 

 

3. WHY DO WE NEED TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD?

Please scroll back to the scriptures previously quoted about Jesus the begotten Son. I will highlight what we are taught about Him:

* He is God the Word in Flesh

* He was the exact image of God (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father)

* He was full of grace

* He was full of truth – never tells a lie

* He tells about God and heavenly things (Jn 1: 18)

* We must believe on Him to receive everlasting life and escape the punishment of hell  (Jn 3: 16, 18; 1 John 4: 9)

* The Father in heaven protected and nurtured the Son on earth, confirming Him as Son,  just as He does those who become sons and daughters (Heb 1: 5)

* The Father in heaven raised Jesus from the dead as evidence that He was really His Son and not the son of a man (Acts 13: 33)

* The Father in heaven appointed Him as the Great High Priest, and we too become a royal priest hood with the Lord Jesus when become reborn spirits (Heb 5: 5)

Blessings. More when I return

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