Text: Romans 1:1-6
“and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
According to the electoral law, a person is not adjudged to have won an election unless the electoral body empowered by the constitution to do so has declared it. Even when a person has enough information about his victory at the polls, he still needs to wait for that official declaration. It is this declaration that confirms the winner.
We saw yesterday, how God raised Jesus to validate His finished work on the cross. Now,
Romans 1:4 says that Jesus was “…declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Rom 1:4). The Greek word translated “declared” means “to specify,” “to mark out”. Jesus was specified, marked out, as the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead. The Geneva Bible says “showed and made manifest”. Christ was “showed and made manifest” as the Son of God by His resurrection. This means that the resurrection powerfully proved and confirmed Jesus as the only begotten Son of God.
His teachings or His miracles, even of raising three dead, were not enough to prove Him as the Son of God. Jesus Himself spoke of how His resurrection will confirm His Sonship ( Matt 12:39-40). On the Cross, the chief priest mocked Him about His claim as the Son of God (Matt 27:43). He was put to death when He accepted before the high priest that He was the Son of God (Matt 26:63-66). Yet, God validated His Sonship when He raised Him. His resurrection approved all His claims as God in the flesh and completed all the evidences of His Sonship. His resurrection was the conclusive evidence and the seal of God to the truth of all that Christ taught.
This is the point. Jesus was not
made a Son by His resurrection rather, His resurrection powerfully asserted and demonstrated His Sonship.
1. Father, please remove confusion from the hearts of everyone still in doubt about Jesus’ Sonship and reveal Jesus to them.
2. Father, please establish me in the truth of Your word in Jesus name.
1. I affirm that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, the only One confirmed as such.
2. Jesus’ resurrection confirms His Person and His finished works.