Today have I begotten thee

We can demonstrate from the Bible the following:

  1. The trinitarian argument that the phrase “another comforter” (allos paracletos) means that Christ was speaking about another person other than himself is flawed. It is contrary to John’s own use of the term another. John uses the term another six times (Greek a’llos’ in John 18:15; John 18:16; John 20:2; John 20:3; John 20:4; John 20:8) to refer to himself (John 21:24). So it is not true that the use of the term “another” (allos) must mean that Christ was talking of another person other than himself.
  2. Christ spoke in this manner, the third person (i.e. as if he is speaking of another person) all the time and that is never evidence that he is speaking of another person (Luke 9:26).
  3. It is normal in the Bible to speak of one’s own Spirit as another person (Many examples such as “the spirit of Jacob their father revived” Genesis 45:27, David saying his spirit was overwhelmed as he was Psalms 77:3, David saying his spirit was remembering together with him Psalms 77:6).

We also see this:

  1. The words that Christ spoke were the spirit (John 6:63).
  2. These words are what he breathed on his disciples (John 20:22).Christ himself was sent by the Father in the same way, i.e. he was anointed by the Father’s spirit/words before he was sent (Isaiah 61:1).
  3. The words he spoke were not his, he got them from the Father (John 14:10)
  4. That was the Spirit of the Father that was in him reconciling the world to the Father (2 Corinthians 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself)

Some people honestly misapply Hebrews 5:5 (…Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee) saying the words “begotten” and “today” apply to Christ being born in Bethlehem. I give three points against this error.

  1. The Book of Hebrews has three main parts Chapter 1 divinity of Christ, Chapter 2 humanity of Christ and the rest about the priesthood of Christ. The context of Hebrews 5 points clearly to resurrection as the third begottenness of Christ, i.e. Chirst was born the third time by the Father, when the Father raised Christ from the dead. This is what the phrase “today have I begotten thee” means in that context.
  2. The second point was that, EGW discusses the same verse in the context of Christ ressurection and priesthood (RH December 22, 1891, par. 12 and RH May 25, 1911, par. 6).
  3. But here is a nail in a sure place. Read Acts 13:30-33.

Acts 13:30 “But God raised him from the dead: 31  And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32  And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33  God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm,

I do not know if anyone cannot see that Psalms 2:7 (“today have I begotten thee”) refers to the resurrection of Christ as being begotten. According to Paul, the fulfilment of the promise that says “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” is found in the resurrection of Christ.

But what was Christ begotten from the dead as?

1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

He was begotten the third time as a quickening spirit, i.e. life giving spirit.

Why as a quickening spirit?

So that the merits of his life can be applied to us.

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

That’s what we need to receive, Christ himself by his life giving spirit. Now listen what EGW then says:

“It is not safe to catch the spirit of another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ.” (Letter 66, April 10, 1894, par.17-18)

The Bible says the same thing.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

So Jesus Christ by His life giving spirit is the:

  1. Comforter
  2. The life of his life { HP 62.4 }
  3. Third person of the Godhead/divinity
  4. Office-work of the Holy Spirit
  5. Etc.

And all those expressions from EGW that many Adventists have thought to be trinitarian. They are not trinitarian expressions.

  1. The three heavenly dignitaries
  2. The heavenly trio
  3. Etc.

There is the Father, the Son in his earthly ministry before resurrection and the Son post resurrection by his quickening spirit (the Comforter, the Spirit which flows from the Father).

This is the knowledge of righteousness by faith. I believe that without this noone can receive the sealing of Revelation 7. This is the message of 1888, the message by which probation almost closed and the end almost arrived. And that’s the message that has been lost and destroyed by adopting three-in-one god wine of Babylon.

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13 February 2021