“You are My Son, Today I have begotten You” (Hebrews 5:5b).
Have you ever seen a post in social media that says, “How old were you when you realized that…” Then it goes on to explain some weird thing that no one ever knew that was there all the time like Arbys is pronounced R Bs for roast beef, or the red solo cup has measurements lines, or the candy corn one, or the milk carton one. Well recently I heard a teaching on the word begotten, and somehow all these years, I missed this one.
I assumed that begotten and born were just about the same. But actually “born to…” refers to the mother and begot is from the father. No wonder the begot chapter of Matthew lists all men (even though giving birth is usually a lot more work than begetting).
But here is where my newest revelation was discovered. Psalm 2:7 prophesized what Acts and Hebrews reports, “You are my Son. TODAY I have begotten You.” The Christmas cards that I have been sending had it wrong. TODAY does not refer to Bethlehem. This verse belongs on an Easter card. Jesus became God’s only begotten Son, not when He was born, but when He was resurrected. When He was glorified! That explains why He is called both Son of Man (Bethlehem) and Son of God (Jerusalem or more likely somewhere in a spiritual realm).
Although we are still considered children of God and joint heirs with Jesus, He is still the Only Begotten.
I never am ceased to be amazed at God’s astonishing plans which were conceived before the beginning of time…just for me…just for you.
He is, and always will be, in control.
*You’re not threatened by the war
You’re not shaken by the storm
I know You’re in control
Even in our suffering
Even when it can’t be seen
I know You’re in control.
Look up, child.