BEGOTTEN

The Darkness

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.

The Light

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!”

Conflicting Ideology

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!

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corruption of the holy one

This may be a real eye-opener for some of you, but just remember, this teaching comes from two Apostles who were with Christ personally. The first being Peter who was head of the first church to the Jews, the second being Paul, an Apostle whose revelation of Christ is beyond reproach, to such a degree that his personal letters make up 13, yes…a whopping 13 books of the n.t.. He even rebuked Peter himself in public for not being a straight shooter. This teaching concerns the resurrection of Christ and reveals a deep insight the Apostles had of the book of Psalms. Their revelation is emphatic, second to none and beyond the reproach of any modern scholar.

The Prophecy

Please read the whole psalm, I only quote a small portion to emphasize my point but the entire context remains intact.

“Therefore My heart is glad, and My glory rejoices; My flesh also shall rest in hope; For You will not leave My soul in hell; You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will make Me know the way of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:9-11

Now, without us requiring the assistance of any modern theological commentary, we are going to see for ourselves that these two apostles both understood these words to have been uttered prophetically from the mouth of David. Furthermore, that the specific context of these words are made in reference to the resurrection of Christ.

Peter’s Revelation

This is an excerpt from Peter’s very first sermon, fresh out of the upper room having just had flaming tongues of fire manifest upon his person.

“For David speaks concerning Him, ‘I foresaw the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, that I should not be moved. Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue was glad; and also My flesh shall rest in hope, because You will not leave My soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your holy One to see corruption. You revealed to Me the ways of life. You will fill Me with joy with Your countenance.’ Men, brothers, it is permitted to say to you with plainness as to the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ to sit upon his throne, seeing this beforehand, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor would His flesh see corruption, God raised up this Jesus, of which we all are witnesses.” – Acts 2:25-32

He clearly teaches, that David speaks ‘concerning Him’ i.e. the Christ. Peter goes on point out the obvious in case someone is blind to the elephant in the room, namely the fact that ‘it is plain to all’ that seeing as though David is dead and buried among themselves, made it impossible for David to have been talking about himself. He goes on to further clarify that David was also in fact a prophet, acutely aware of certain promises GOD made. Specifically, that David in fact ‘saw’ the fulfilment of this promise some 1000 years into the future culminating in the resurrection of Christ – Peter explicitly states this with these words ’…seeing this beforehand, he(David) spoke of the resurrection of Christ…’ On a side note; this reveals something truly great about how GOD works because He speaks it and He also shows us the fulfilment of it in truth something exactly like when He made a similar promise to Abraham, who happened to be looking at the great expanse in the night sky while GOD spoke to him.

Paul’s Revelation

In a very public and dangerous place, Paul gives utterance revealing his understanding of Psalm 16, in the following manner.

“…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.’ And that He raised Him up from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He spoke in this way: ‘I will give you the holy promises of David.’  Therefore he also says in another psalm, ‘You shall not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’  For after he had served his own generation by the will of God, David fell asleep and was added to his fathers and saw corruption. But He whom God raised again saw no corruption.” – Acts 13:33-37

Virtually his entire discourse, containing references to numerous other psalms, is fixed firmly on the resurrection as the main topic. Note that he also points out to all present that while David indeed made mention of the ‘holy one’ not undergoing corruption, it is plainly clear that David had since moved on and in fact did experience this corruption after his death, ‘…BUT He whom GOD raised…’ is clearly exempt from the corruption. Again, the psalm in question is making emphatic reference to the resurrection of the Christ.

Revelation for Us

Both Peter & Paul clearly understood Psalm 16 to be referring to Christ. Look at the Psalm again, see for yourself and notice that David, while ‘seeing the resurrection’, is in fact giving utterance in the first person “as Christ Himself” using these epithets ‘…my heart…my flesh…my soul…make me know…’ But it is also clear, David is not talking about himself and he also knew this plainly from the vision he was experiencing simultaneously. These are words being given prophetically almost ‘enacting’ an intimate moment between Christ and GOD that was ‘going’ to take place about 1000 years into the future from when they were uttered, somewhere before the death of Christ, just prior to his resurrection. Intimate thoughts indeed, but what about the rest of the psalm?

The Whole Picture

Do the other verse also refer to Christ? How can a priest from Judah, in verse 5, claim Jehovah as ‘his portion of his inheritance’ when the law expressly assigns this privilege to the tribe of Levi? It should be clear to you that you cannot read verse 10 as Christ and then suddenly do an about face by having verse 11 apply to David & not Christ. Surely it must be read as Christ himself declaring…

“You will make Me know the way of life” – Psalm 16:11a

While it may strike you as strange, rest assured, these words are not foreign to the context of the Messiah. In fact, these very same words are, whether implicit and explicitly, ascribed to having been uttered to him/by him or about his person, in numerous other places in the scriptures. If you see Christ as GOD, then surely, the words don’t fit the mouth but you are then obligated to also remove verse 10 from the same breath that uttered it if you can, in fact I put it to you that your mind already does overlook this glaring & obvious truth. On the other hand, if you see him ‘in the light of the word’ as is being revealed here, then you see him in truth as is plainly written in the words of Psalm 16.

In Christ, the Son of the One True & Living GOD!