THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 13:33-52 (27 OF 44)

by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 13:33-52 (27 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

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, Thou art my Son,
this day have I begotten thee.

It's important to go to Psalm 2 so as to get an
understanding of what is stated here in verses 32-33.

Psalm 2:1-7. The psalmist spoke of God's affirmation
of the king to show by what right the king rules. The
decree refers to the Davidic Covenant in which God
declared that He would be Father to the king, and the
king would be His son. So when David became king, God
described their affiliation as a Father-son
relationship. So the expression "son" took on the
meaning of a messianic title. "You are My son",
quoted from the Davidic Covenant, is appropriated here
by the king to show his legitimate right to rule.
"This day" refers to the coronation day, and the
expression "I have begotten you" refers not to
physical birth but is stated also to express the
authority and right of the Son to rule. The
significance of this adoption of the king as God's
anointed son is seen in his inheritance. As a son
inherits from his father, so the king inherits the
kingdom from his "Father." The verse continues the
quotation from the Lord's decree, extending an
invitation to the king to ask for his inheritance,
which someday will encompass the ends of the earth.

Now since this was a Messianic title, referring to
Christ Jesus, this verse that Paul quotes from Psalm
2:7, reveals that God, the Father, declared Jesus
Christ as King to share the throne with His Father as
both associate and equal. God, the Father, publicly
declared Jesus Christ as King and Son. The
resurrection was the crowning proof of God's approval
and exaltation of His Son in the presence of all

34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the
dead, [now] no more to ...

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