Today I have Begotten You

Posted Jan 22, 2011 by Corey McCain in Worship of True God Hits: 14,884

Psalm 2:7 (Read the entire chapter for context)

“I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.

Is this an eternal decree that has many applications or only a future prophecy with strictly one application? In the above verse we see God the Father saying ““I will declare the decree:” but then Christ becomes the speaker sayingThe LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” Is God saying He is going to speak these exact words at some future point? No! He is going to declare the meaning that is behind Christ’s words. The meaning is simply that the Messiah(verse 2) is the begotten Son of God. God will declare His Son to have been the Messiah because of rebellion(verse 3) against Him. The Jews were rejecting the Son of God as the Messiah and ultimately crucified Him but God is going to declare the truth of the matter. How did God declare His Son to Israel?

Romans 1:1-4 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Psalm 2:7 is used three times in the NT. Here are those instances:

Acts 13:32-33 And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise which was made to the fathers. 33 God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘ You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’

Same as we saw in Romans 1:4.

Heb 5:5-6 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:“ You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” 6 As He also says in another place: “ You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”

Christ-ResGod glorified Christ through the resurrection and set Him up to begin His High Priest ministry. NoticeHe who said to Him:” . We now have evidence that at some point in time God literally said: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”. That point in time could only be back in eternity “in the beginning” for God never said this at the resurrection. He only declared the meaning of this at the resurrection.

Heb 1:4-6 being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “ You are My Son,Today I have begotten You”? And again:“ I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”?6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:“ Let all the angels of God worship Him.”

The context of Hebrews chapter one is why is Christ greater than the angels? This would have to be the most ridiculous chapter in the Bible if Christ were the Lord God Almighty in personality. Now if the chapter is trying to show that Christ is God by nature becauseHe has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” then it all makes complete sense. Because Christ is God by nature He is therefor greater than the angels. God has never said to any of the angels “ You are My Son,Today I have begotten You” but to Christ it is clear that He has said this. This is why Christ is “appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

After the resurrection Christ was exalted to the right hand of God simply because He is God’s Son and He hasby inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Upon His return to Heaven God reinstated Christ to His rightful position and said “ Let all the angels of God worship Him.”

As He enters heaven, the angels hasten to do Him homage, but He waves them back, and going to His Father makes the plea: "Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world." What is the Father's answer?--"And let all the angels of God worship Him." The pledge made before the foundation of the world is renewed. Christ's relation to His Father embraces all who receive Him by faith as their personal Saviour.  {ST, August 16, 1899 par. 8}

Ultimately we have seen that Psalm 2:7 has a connection to the resurrection but it is not saying that the word “begotten” in the verse is describing the resurrection. Yes Christ is the first-begotten from the dead but He is also the only begotten Son of God. Notice these other instances when God declared His Son:

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”(Matt 3:17) and again in Matt 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”

The rebellion in Heaven made it necessary for God to declare His Son:

The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. The Son of God shared the Father's throne, and the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both. About the throne gathered the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng--"ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands" (Revelation 5:11.), the most exalted angels, as ministers and subjects, rejoicing in the light that fell upon them from the presence of the Deity. Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of His will. The Son of God had wrought the Father's will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as to God, their homage and allegiance were due. Christ was still to exercise divine power, in the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. But in all this He would not seek power or exaltation for Himself contrary to God's plan, but would exalt the Father's glory and execute His purposes of beneficence and love.  {PP 36.2}

“A complete offering has been made; for "God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,"-- not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father's person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, 30th May 1895, ‘Christ our complete salvation’)

The Scriptures clearly indicate the relation between God and Christ, and they bring to view as clearly the personality and individuality of each. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son; . . . who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 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?" Hebrews 1:1-5. God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God. To Christ has been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son.{8T 268.3}

 

I think it should be clear that Psalm 2:7 is an eternal decree that God has been declaring ever since the rebellion in Heaven. His people always rebel against His Son and so have we today. God will fulfill Psalm 2:7 again by declaring Him when the Son of Man comes with power and great glory with all His holy angels. He “shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” 10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Psalm 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son

These are Hebrew expressions of worship.  To serve the Lord with fear is to worship the Lord; To kiss the Son is to worship the Son.

Notice Hosea 13:2. After speaking of Ephraim worshipping Baal verse 2 says,  “ Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.”

Psalm 2 definitely ties in with “the decree” of Hebrews 1 to “Let all the angels of God worship (kiss) him.”

If you’re reading this now God is declaring to you that Jesus is His Son.