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Bible Q

What day does “today I have begotten you” refer to?

The origin of this phrase in Psalm 2:7 :I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.

Peter seems to relate this primarily to the proof of Jesus’ sonship in God raising him from the dead:
“this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’ (Acts13:33)
However it is not so clear in the two uses in Hebrews that the Psalm only relates to the moment when God raised Christ:
For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? (Hebrews 1:5)
So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; (Hebrews 5:5)

And also God confirmed the special role of Jesus as his son at his baptism:

“and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:17)

And shortly before he was conceived:

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, … And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. (Luke 1:32 .. 35)

So the special relationship of Jesus as “only-begotten Son” of God (John 3:16) is confirmed at different points in his life.




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