"I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.Psalm 2:7(NASB)
The Lord Jesus Christ is portrayed as the unique Son of God Who was chosen before the foundation of the world to be the sinner's Saviour. He offered His life as the sacrifice for sin and died to pay the price for the sin of the whole world. And by His Resurrection from the dead, the only begotten Son of God received His Father's stamp of approval and was given complete authority in heaven and on earth.
This verse indicates that the Son of God, Himself, is speaking these words in Psalm 2, for we read: "He said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.'" and on three further occasions these exact words were quoted in the New Testament: "You are My Son. Today I have begotten You," demonstrating the significance of this authoritative title.
There are a number of ways that Christ can be identified as the unique Son of God. Being the second member of the Trinity, the Son of God has been with the Father from all eternity, and His incarnation at Bethlehem was that historic point when the Son of God was dressed in mortal flesh and became the Son of Man - the Word made flesh - the incarnate God.
In various passages, the Son of God is trumpeted as the first-born from the dead, and because He lives, we... who have trusted His name for the forgiveness of sins, will also rise to life immortal. And in the near future, this same Son of God will be crowned as King of kings and Lord of lords when He comes to rule and reign in His future Millennial Kingdom.
In this verse, God the Father is proclaiming that Christ is His chosen, anointed King. God's promise to David that a Man would sit upon his throne forever, is realised in the Person of Christ through His sacrificial work on the Cross and His glorious Resurrection from the dead. Indeed, the Father's promise to the Son continues: "Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware."
At Christ's first coming He called Israel to repentance, He preached the gospel of the kingdom, and He reiterated the sovereign decree that the Almighty Father declared to the Son of His love: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." During His life, Christ only did those things that His Father told Him to do and He only said the Words which He heard from above... but they rejected Him and crucified Him. Those He came to save screamed, "We will not let this Man rule over us. His blood be upon us and on our children's children."
His sacrificial blood is indeed, on ALL who believe in Christ for salvation and trust His Word. And for a time... the kingdom of God, which was promised to Israel, has had to be postponed while the Lord calls out of the Gentiles a people for His name - who would proclaim the gospel of grace far and wide and make disciples of every nation.
But the title, the name, the ministry, the sacrificial work, and the decree of the LORD which was given to the unique Son of God, stands fast for ever and ever: "You are My Son. Today I have begotten You." for He was chosen before the foundation of the world to be the sinner's Saviour. Christ offered His life as the sacrifice for the sin of the whole world and died to pay the price for your transgressions and for mine. And by faith in His name, we too will rise from the dead - and will live with Him forever.
Praise His holy name.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You purposed to redeem mankind through the sacrifice of a Kinsman-Redeemer and decreed that the eternal Son of God would be born into the human race as the perfect Son of Man. Thank You that He took the punishment for our sins so that by faith in Him, we also might be adopted into Your family and become sons of the living God. Thank You that the day is coming, when He will be proclaimed King of Kings and Lord of Lords in His everlasting kingdom. Thank You that I am part of Your eternal family and that Christ is my Saviour, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.
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