The following item came across my desk this morning – the day after my post of yesterday! 😊
The Unique Son of God
By David Brandt Berg
In the second Psalm, beginning with the sixth verse, we read: “Yet have I set My king upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.”
God is speaking in those words, “Thou art My Son,” and He’s obviously speaking to Jesus: Most Bibles have the word “Son” capitalized, showing they recognize that it was Jesus. “This day have I begotten Thee.” In John 3:16, Jesus is called God’s only begotten Son. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He is the only begotten Son in the sense of being unique in that He was literally begotten in the flesh.
All Christians are children of God who love Jesus and believe in Him and have been born again, and there are many references to that in the Scripture, both Old and New Testament. In fact, when the Scribes and the Pharisees accused Jesus of blasphemy for calling Himself the Son of God, He reminded them of a scripture in the Psalms where David said, “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.”—Proving that it was perfectly legitimate for anybody who supposedly is related to the Lord to call himself a son of God; therefore they shouldn’t have accused Him of blasphemy.
But Jesus was uniquely God’s Son. This is also referenced in the New Testament: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by Him. Without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
So Jesus was there in the beginning with God—”in the beginning.” We also hear that phrase, “In the beginning” in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Obviously, since God had no beginning, this has nothing to do with the beginning of God. The only beginning being referred to and the only beginning there is or ever was, was the beginnings of the creation of God. And John 1:1 says that “in the beginning was the Word.” Jesus was there in the beginning. He was there, therefore, at the beginning doing the actual work of creation. “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”
In the book of Revelation, chapter one, it says in the eighth verse, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.” At the beginning of the chapter we are told that this is the revelation of Jesus Christ, so these are the words of Jesus. In the third chapter of Revelation, verse 14, He says: “These things saith the Amen”—in other words, the “so be it”—“the faithful and true witness.” Jesus Himself is speaking and He’s referring to Himself as a faithful and true witness.
Christians who are of the belief of “Jesus Only” tend to identify Jesus as being not only the Son, but the Father too. They run to the extreme on what they call “Oneness of God” to the point that they make Jesus His own Father and they do not separate the personalities of God. But here in the 14th verse of the third chapter of Revelation, Jesus refers to Himself as “the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” In other words, He is the one who began God’s creation.
Who else was there in the very beginning of creation? The Holy Spirit was there. “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The Spirit of God has been, like God, always in existence. Throughout the Bible where it speaks of the Holy Spirit, there is a oneness with God, and yet the Spirit of God is a separate personality.
Now why does He emphasize this “beginning and ending”? The Alpha, Omega, the beginning, ending, in the beginning, and then in Revelation He speaks so much about the ending. In order for something to have a beginning and an ending, it has to exist in time. “In the beginning” was not only the beginning of the physical heavens and the earth, but the beginning of time. And time shall come to an end.
Time itself is a creation of God and was a part of the creation. “In the beginning.” There you have the creation of time almost first of all, because God had to create time first in order for material things to exist. Einstein taught that things not only have to have three dimensions—length, breadth, height, some kind of volume—but they have to have a fourth dimension, time, in order to exist. So in order for the material creation to exist, it had to have a beginning and it had to have time and it will also have an end.
So Jesus is the beginning of creation, He is the ending, and He will bring about the end, but He will continue on with us forever. He’s going to bring about the end of time and this temporal world to bring us into His everlasting kingdom.
Psalm 2 goes on to say, “Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” What kind of an inheritance would you like to have? Ten million dollars? What’s a million dollars? Dollars won’t be worth anything then anyhow.
Souls saved are Jesus’ inheritance. All the unsaved, referred to here as the heathen, and in the New Testament as the Gentiles—these are the treasures we are called to lay up in heaven, everlasting souls that will live forever. The only things you can take to heaven are your children and souls. “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”