One of God’s names is “Beloved Son”.*
I compiled a list of His names and attributes many years ago. It proved quite the undertaking. After all, God is EVERYTHING that is good, righteous, and holy. While my list is probably not all-inclusive, it is quite extensive (I would be happy to send it to you. Just send an email with your request).
These pages will highlight many of those names and attributes and can be a springboard for your personal devotions or Bible study. Come back often and see what I’ve added. May God bless you as you discover more about Him and grow in grace!
BELOVED SON (By Janine Mick Wills)
I have two sons, who I love very much. They are a blessing and have brought great joy to my life. But God has a “Beloved Son,” Who is the perfect Savior of the world.
Jesus is first called the “Beloved Son” when He came from Galilee (Nazareth) to the Jordan River to be baptized of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21, 22).
John had been preaching repentance for the remission of sins in the wilderness (Mark 1:4). Verse five says, “And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.” This water baptism pictured the baptism of the Holy Ghost as foretold in Joel 2:29 and Ezekiel 36:25-27.
John recognized Jesus as the sinless Savior. He deemed Christ’s baptism for the remission of sins as unnecessary. “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” (Matthew 3:13)
Jesus did not refute John’s claim that He was sinless and did not need baptism. Instead, He insisted John comply, so they might “fulfill all righteousness” (verse 15).
There are three schools of thoughts why Jesus submitted to the ordinance of baptism:
- As the Son of Man, He needed to fulfill the Mosaic Law. This included circumcision, becoming a son of the Law (at the age of twelve), paying the Temple tax, and the ritual of water cleansing as a sign of consecration and service to God.
- As the Son of Man, He submitted to baptism to identify with the sinners, who were confessing their need of a Savior by the outward sign of baptism. But as a perfect man, Christ would later redeem them with His blood.
- The Spirit of God (In a form of a dove) settling on Jesus and God’s Words, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” (Mark 1:11) confirmed Christ as Messiah to John and all who were present.
God’s words, “my Beloved Son,” gave witness to the relationship between Him and His Son. The Spirit descending signified Christ’s anointing for the work ahead. From this point forward, He set his “face like a flint” (Isaiah 50:7) toward Calvary, so “that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).
The second time Christ is referred to as “Beloved Son” is at the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36).
As was His custom, Jesus “went up into a mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28). This time He took three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John (Sometimes called His “inner circle”). There Jesus was transfigured before them. “His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light” (Matthew 17:2). Mark said His “raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them” (Mark 9:3).
Then Moses (The great Delivery of the Children of Israel, representing the Law) and Elias (Elijah, the chief of prophets) appeared and talked with Christ. They spoke “of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31). This sacrifice was foreordained before the foundation of the world (Hebrews 9:26) and one of which the angels “desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:12).
This event possibly took place at night as the disciples “were heavy with sleep” (Luke 9:31). The grandeur of the Lord’s glory awakened the sleeping men, who justifiably were afraid (Mark 9:6).
Peter, ever the impulsive one and not knowing what else to say, told the Lord that it was good for them to be there (Matthew 17:4) He suggested they build a tabernacle for Christ, Moses, and Elijah. It is interesting that Peter recognized the two great prophets for themselves. Before he finished speaking, a “bright cloud overshadowed them. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him’ ” (Luke 9:34, 35).
Understandably, the disciples fear increased (“They fell on their face” Matthew 17:6). But the compassionate Lord touched and reassured them, “Arise, and be not afraid” (Matthew 17:7).
As soon as the glorious cloud passed over and voice of God finished His declaration of love and approval of His Son, the four men found themselves alone and Jesus, once again, the humble, subservient Son of Man.
John would later describe this supernatural event as “…and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father” (John 1:14). Peter added to the account. “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (2 Peter 1:16, 17).
God peeled back the veil of flesh cloaking the majesty and glory of Son (Hebrews 10:20). This allowed the three disciples, who would later share the task of proclaiming the Gospel of a Risen Christ, additional proof of His deity.
God peeled back the veil of flesh cloaking the majesty and glory of Son.
I’m not sure what the three men talked about as they sojourned back down that mountain. Were they silent, too afraid to speak (Knowing Peter, probably not!). Or did they ask a hundred questions? We do know that Christ “charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead” (Matthew 17:9).
We also know from reading Luke 9:36 that the disciples obeyed the Lord’s command. “And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.” But they had their questions, wondering, “What the rising from the dead should mean” (Mark 9:10).
This shows the disciples were, like we are sometimes, a bit slow on the draw. Considering six days prior Jesus had begun “to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day” (Matthew 16:21). Either the disciples did not fully understand or they were in denial. Either way, the events that would soon lead to their Leader’s crucifixion, were of a surprise to the three men.
Could God say of you as He did of Christ, “Thou art my beloved Son (daughter), in whom I am well pleased”?
This brings up two important questions:
- Are you a child of God? Have you ever asked Christ to forgive your sins and come into your heart? If not, don’t delay. Head over to “How to Know You Have Eternal Life” and get that taken care of!
- If you are a child of God, is the Lord pleased with your life? Do you endeavor to live each day for Him? If not, you can ask forgiveness and start from this moment forward to put Him on the throne of your heart (1 John 1:9). You can live for God be heeding His Words to the three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, “This is my beloved Son: hear him.” We hear God through His Word (1 Thessalonians 2:21) and we can talk to Him in prayer (1 John 5:14, 15). Let’s start today… right now. And may God bless you as you grow in grace for Him!