Here’s something you don’t get to hear much about,
The resurrection of Christ was more than an event proving His deity and His power over death.
Resurrection was a birth to Christ and this is key to His work of salvation in us.
Surely Christ is eternally God’s Son. He is eternally divine. He is God’s only begotten Son. (John 1:1, 18, 3:16)
But after taking on flesh and redeeming us on the cross His work was not concluded. He needed to go on to fully accomplish what He was really after.
- That God has fully fulfilled this promise to us their children in raising up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, “You are My Son; this day have I begotten You.” (Acts 13:33)
Here in this verse we see clearly that when Jesus was resurrected His humanity (which He had taken on through incarnation) was born into divinity. His humanity was “divinized.”
Therefore, after resurrection, He is not only God’s only begotten Son but even God’s firstborn Son (implying many other sons).
- Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)
These many brothers are the same as the Firstborn, except for His deity.
Thus, salvation is a life-long process that is going to bring us from being sinners into fully grown sons of God.
So why don’t we hear this often?
Because this goes far beyond meeting our own needs.
This meets God’s own need. God needs sons. Full grown.