[CF Devotionals] 2005-02-06 - Begotten

Psalm 2, Part 4

The justification for seeing this “begotten” as referring to the resurrection and not Jesus’ birth is Paul’s words in Acts 13:33; “…he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: ‘You are my Son; today I have become your father.’”

Now Messiah speaks for Himself quoting the father. God tells Messiah He is the only begotten Son, that is, brought back from the grave—speaking of the resurrection. It is the work of the cross, Messiah’s death and God’s power exemplified by the resurrection, which is the basis of His rule at the second coming.

“That power is like the working of His (God’s) mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given - not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, …” (Ephesians 1:19-22).

Obviously this is said for our benefit. It is made clear Messiah is to rule over the world, that the world and the church are His. This rule of the world will be an authoritarian one. Remember, the Messiah will be taking the rule from those who are in rebellion against God. Therefore these rebels will have to be broken.

They will accept His rule, whether or not they want it. This is made even clearer by the fact that at the end of the Millennial age, when Satan is released, mankind will again rise up against Him.

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison, and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of earth—Gog and Magog —to gather them for battle” (Revelation 20:7-8).

To be continued.

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Geoff

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