We’re taught that Christ was ‘eternally begotten’ according to the Nicene creed, “Eternally Begotten”…”begotten not made”, verbatim but they don’t teach how they arrive at this conclusion. When you read this, immediately, your mind is put into a state of confusion trying to understand what that even means and subsequently your heart also rejects it as untrusted because of the confusion it caused upon entering your mind. I’ve tried, and failed, many times to just ‘blindly’ accept this statement but always came up with the understanding that doing so only served to make me ‘blind’. That is, till I came across this teaching from Psalms by Paul in which he actually covers this exact subject in the most revealing way and even uses the very same wording that appears in the creed – “begotten”. However, the revelation Paul shares is a far cry from what is accepted as orthodoxy, and that, without any proof.
I must have read these verses more than once over the years, but this time something just stuck with me. Reading Acts brought me to these verses in which Paul is giving a discourse and happens to be reciting Jewish history while explaining key historical events about Israel & several Acts of GOD and is leading up to the point of all this information: Christ, of course. Now see how he makes his point, but specifically take note of how he reveals to us his understanding of the Psalms & remember that at this moment that Paul is speaking, he is under the power of the Spirit of GOD who is giving him strength to ‘boldly witness’ inside a synagogue in Antioch, on the Sabbath.
“And we preach the gospel to you, the promise made to the fathers, this God has fulfilled to us their children, raising up Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son, this day I have begotten You.’ – Acts 13:32-33
If you were ‘listening’ then that last statement would have literally rocked your world, because Paul didn’t just ‘quote a Psalm’ he used it in reference to the resurrection of Christ and said that; GOD had fulfilled His promise in the begetting of Christ through his resurrection. We could then say that Christ was begotten at his resurrection and that with an oath that GOD himself has sworn Himself to. You should already have recognized, that this exact verse is quoted in Hebrews, but we’ll get to that, just stay with me for a moment longer. Let look at the original Psalm Paul made reference to, & remember he was testifying while under the unction of the Spirit of GOD.
“I will declare the decree of Jehovah. He has said to Me, You are My Son; today I have begotten You.” – Psalms 2:7
Astounding, these words! Again, we have David prophesying as Christ in the first person 1000 years into the future to the time of the resurrection of Christ who must have declared these words from his own mouth at the time of his resurrection by the power of GOD. Jehovah, the LORD has decreed…He, GOD, said to me…”You are My son…TODAY, I have begotten you”…these are the words of Christ declaring…”GOD said to me!”
How can it be? Why would we have our own thinking when GOD Himself has declared ‘this day’, conveying to us the understanding that He intended a very specific day of the begetting of His Christ? The apostles clearly understood the begetting of Christ to have occurred at his resurrection. The teaching of orthodoxy is in opposition to the written word. They literally stumble because of Christ and are unable to receive his own testimony of the word of GOD spoken to him by none other than GOD Himself. For some, the creed holds more authority than the very word of GOD which they themselves claim to be their god. Let me state here, that I believe the apostles understood “only begotten son” to mean “only resurrected son”, not difficult when you also consider that his glory and his pre-eminence is in fact derived from the fact that he himself is the “firstborn from the dead”. Could be you don’t realise the enormity of the historical event known as the resurrection, let me show you something;
“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
Basically, what Paul is saying here is that ‘the resurrection of Christ’ is the actual declaration made by the hand of GOD Himself. Paul is saying that GOD exerting His power in raising Christ from the dead was in fact GOD himself declaring the son-ship of Christ! In Psalms 2:7 GOD swore with an oath regarding the time of the begetting of His Christ & Paul clearly received deep revelation regarding the implications of the act of his resurrection. The same creed shows another disturbing trend in modern orthodoxy by its use of the phrase: “on the 3rd day he rose again…he ascended into heaven”, as if Christ was himself responsible for his own resurrection. Let me state emphatically that this notion is contrary to scripture which declares in no uncertain terms that it was an act of GOD that raised Christ from the dead how could he have raised himself – he was after all, “dead”.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.“ – Romans 10:9
How is it the creed fails to declare that ‘GOD raised him from the dead, when it is a doctrinal requirement to believe this very thing? because they are in error for not knowing the scripture, the same thing Jesus always rebuked the orthodoxy of the day with.
Here is a tremendously powerful revelation from Ephesians, but lets not digress and stick to only the portion of the chapter that covers this exact train of thought. Here Paul prays that the GOD of Christ would give them revelation for the express purpose of knowing 3 things, you can go a read it for yourself, here is one of them…
“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: …[omitted for brevity]… And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:” – Eph 1:15-21
And there are many others. Now, I ask you this: why on earth would Paul, as an apostle praying in the Spirit for new believers, after seeing they had some form of faith, write in his letter, which has subsequently become scripture for us, that GOD make them know the extent of the power being exerted towards them as believers, the very same power GOD exerted in Christ at his resurrection? Put your ‘blind’ man-made doctrine aside and answer me this if you can, before you overlook these words and redirect to another scripture to make a mundane point! Paul, bearing the office of Apostle of Christ literally used the power of his office, also known as a ‘gift of the Spirit’, to discern a need in a group of new believers and thought is necessary for them to know that it was GOD who raised Christ from the dead. Yet you would cling to your creed with the insinuation that it was Christ who raised himself, rendering the word of GOD himself of no importance. After reading the word for yourself, it then becomes requirement to change your thinking.
There is much more we can say on this topic, but lets leave it here for now & make another date to cover this topic again – its getting late for me, the kids bedtime with love and hugs calling me.
In Christ, the son of the One True & Living GOD!