Originally posted by JS357
I know I'm a godless heathen so with that out of the way, I am also interested in all this.
In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman of UNC says that the following are clear evidence that God made Jesus the Son of God [and Lord and Messiah] by raising him from the dead:
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"...he has fulfilled for us, their children, by ...[text shortened]... his and wonder what some of the Bible-knowledgeable think about it.
And no, I'm not trolling.
Ehrman is correct, but in a kind of half sense.
You see the Son of God was from eternity before incarnation. However, He became a man in incarnation to live a perfect life, die a redemptive death, rise from the dead, and come into His believers as a life giving Spirit.
Now in RESURRECTION He was BORN the Firstborn Son of God as the gloried MAN who will went back to the throne of God wearing humanity. That is something He will remain with forever. And this the bible speaks of as a BIRTH.
So though I have not read Erhman's words I agree with the reference to Acts 2:36. And I would add to that Romans 1:3
Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rpm. 1:3,4)
So Christ is the only begotten Son of God
And Christ is the Firstborn of all creation
And Christ in resurrection is The Firstborn of the dead
The verses of Acts 2;35
and Romans 1:3,4
have their emphasis on the THIRD aspect above - In resurrection Christ became the Firstborn Son of God. He was designated in resurrection as the Son of God (the first among many brothers to follow Him into the expression of the deified and glorified glorious humanity.).
I was never taught anything about this and wonder what some of the Bible-knowledgeable think about it.
In another post I will quote some ministry confirming that Bart Erhman's observation has some
validity. That is as long as Erhman also realizes that also at His incarnation and at His baptism He was declared the Son of God too.
Proclaimed Son of God at conception and physical birth:
"And the angel answered and the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you: therefore also the holy thing which is born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
Proclaimed Son of God at baptism:
"And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon Him,
And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found my delight." (Matt. 3:16,17)
We may add to these His being declared God's Son at His transfiguration before the three disciples (Matt. 17:5)
which confirmed Peter's confession earlier (Matt. 16:17)
and Nathaniel's also (John 1:49)
Then in RESURRECTION He was designated the Son of God, the FIrstborn Son in resurrection, the Firstborn from the dead. His resurrection should be considered n ot merely COMING BACK to life but a BIRTH of a new matter in the universe - Glorified God/Man born on the day He rose from the dead.