Quote for 10/19/2021

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.    1 Peter 1:3

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There’s a lot going on here.  Peter makes a distinction between Jesus and the Father.  The latter is Jesus’ God and Father.  This one phrase tells us that Jesus is owing to the Father as a dutiful Son.  As God, He is necessarily worshipped by Jesus.

But there is also the love between them!  The Father often calls Jesus His only begotten Son.  We feel the depth of that love and pain of sacrifice from the Genesis account of Abraham dutifully ready to sacrifice his only begotten son in obedience.  There’s a depth of commitment and emotion from the Father that is impossible for mere humans to grasp.  We can only start to see it through Abraham.

But Jesus is no longer the Father’s only begotten!  Through the adoption of faith made possible by Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are also His begotten!  In fact, we have been begotten again.

At Creation, God knelt in the dirt and fashioned Adam – and therefore us – from that dirt.  He crafted every detail patiently, lovingly.  We were begotten of Him then and we are again as adopted siblings of our Savior, Jesus!

3 thoughts on “Quote for 10/19/2021

  1. Great post! We have become sons and daughters of the covenant indeed!
    One thing a friend once mentioned, was that “begotten” referred to actually being taken OUT of God, to literally be God, simplified for our human capacities to understand. I’d have to say that I don’t believe that I’ve been “begotten” per se, but that I’ve been grafted in to His tree.
    The beautiful thing about seeing the word “begotten” in this way, is that it makes a clear distinction between the sons and daughters who are of mankind (you and I), and the Son who is both God and man (Jesus).
    (I just thought I’d also mention that I really enjoy your posts. They’re thought-provoking and really draw me back to the Word, every time. Thank you so much for the time and energy you put into them!)

    • Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement! This was one of those daily quotes I really enjoyed writing. I’m glad you find them useful for getting back into the Word. Making time for reading and prayer is often difficult, so I’m glad this helps you. Thank you again for you kind words and thoughts!!

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