This is my Son! (2 Pet 1:17)

“Jesus Christ

Received

Honor

And glory

From God

The Father

When that voice

Was conveyed to him

By the majestic glory,

Such as follows,

‘This is my Son,

My beloved,

With whom I am

Well pleased.’”

λαβὼν γὰρ παρὰ Θεοῦ Πατρὸς τιμὴν καὶ δόξαν φωνῆς ἐνεχθείσης αὐτῷ τοιᾶσδε ὑπὸ τῆς μεγαλοπρεποῦς δόξης Ὁ Υἱός μου ὁ ἀγαπητός μου οὗτός ἐστιν, εἰς ὃν ἐγὼ εὐδόκησα,—

This author said, “Jesus Christ received (λαβὼν γὰρ) honor (τιμὴν) and glory (καὶ δόξαν) from God (παρὰ Θεοῦ) the Father (Πατρὸς) when that voice (φωνῆς) was conveyed (ἐνεχθείσης) to him (αὐτῷ) by the majestic glory (ὑπὸ τῆς μεγαλοπρεποῦς δόξης), such as follows (τοιᾶσδε), ‘This is (οὗτός ἐστιν) my Son (Ὁ Υἱός μου), my beloved (ὁ ἀγαπητός μου), with whom (εἰς ὃν) I am well pleased (εἰς ὃν ἐγὼ εὐδόκησα).’”  Among the canonical Greek New Testament writings, this is the only time that this word appeared in 2 Peter, τοιᾶσδε, that means such, of this kind, or such as follows, and the word, μεγαλοπρεποῦς, that means befitting a great one, magnificent, superb, transcendent, or majestic.  This author made a reference to the words of the transfiguration of Jesus as found in the synoptics.  Luke, chapter 9:35 had the voice say that “this is my Son, my Chosen one”.  Mark, chapter 9:7, said that there was a voice that said “Jesus was his Son, the beloved one.”  However, there was nothing about being the chosen one.  The idea of a heavenly voice or a voice from a cloud had a very strong tradition in the Jewish writings of the Hebrew Bible, especially among the prophets and Moses.  In Matthew, chapter 17:5, this voice said that “Jesus was his most beloved Son, in whom he was well pleased”, much like here.  This saying was based on Psalm 2:7, “You are my son.  Today I have begotten you.”  This alluded to David, but the followers of Jesus Christ changed this original meaning about David to Jesus as the messianic fulfillment of this psalm.  Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the beloved son of God?

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