57: 1 Chronicles 17:13


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 57

The Messiah will call God His Father and be called The Son of God by the Father.

Old Testament Prediction:

1 Chronicles 17:13 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son…”

New Testament Fulfillment

Matthew 3:17 “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son

Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son…”

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…


Forty-nine times in the Gospels, Jesus calls God: “My Father.”

Matthew 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?

Jesus did not call God His Father in the same way that we would call Him “Father.” When we refer to God as our “Heavenly Father,” we understand that we are speaking as one of His created beings who love, worship, and adore God.

When Jesus calls God My Father, He means that He and the Father are one and the same. By referring to God as My Father, Jesus meant that He came from the Father, being equal to Him. Jesus did not have His beginning at Bethlehem, He came out of eternity and has existed forever. Throughout the Bible, Jesus is referred to as the eternal Son of God. It was only at Bethlehem that He took the body of a human being, as a Body was prepared for Him.

Hebrews 10:5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.”

It is clear that Jesus claimed to be the eternal God because of the way that He used the title: Son of God. When the leaders of Israel accused Jesus of blasphemy, it was because He had claimed to be equal with God.

John 10:32 Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God. (ESV)

There are seven Old Testament prophecies which either state or allude to the fact that the Messiah will be the Son of God. The seventh, although not referring directly to the “Son,” is generally understood to be a Messianic prophecy, describing the coming of God’s Son and those who are waiting for Him.

Prophecy 50
2 Samuel 7:14 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.”

Prophecy 57
1 Chronicles 17:13 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son…”

Prophecy 63
Psalms 2:7 “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’

Prophecy 128
Psalms 89:26 “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ ”

Prophecy 156
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know?

Prophecy 171
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God.

Prophecy 195
Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious to us; We have waited for You.

With such a great witness from the Hebrew scriptures that the Messiah will be the Son of God, why do so many Jews today find it impossible to believe that Jesus is the Messiah because of His claim to be the Son of God?

Clearly, it was the intention of the Old Testament scriptures to inform us that the Messiah would be God’s Son. When Jesus referred to Himself as The Son of God, He was firmly stating that He was the one to whom the Old Testament prophecies of the Bible were speaking. Which Son was Isaiah referring to in chapter 9:6-7 if not God’s Son? In the context of this verse, Isaiah writes that this Son is the Mighty God.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

How amazing that the eternal God, who made the heavens and the earth, cared enough for all of us that He would send His Son from heaven to come to earth and be born as a human being. The Son of God gave up everything so that we could all become the sons and daughters of God by His sacrifice and Resurrection.

Luke 20:34-36 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”

1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

Use of the term: “sons of God.”

The angels are a direct creation of God and are therefore referred to as “sons of God.” Because we have been born again by the Spirit of God, we are also a direct creation of God. For this reason, we will also be known in all of the ages to come as the sons and daughters of God.

There is a common error in the world today, that all human beings are the children of God. According to the Bible this is not true; only those who come to God through Jesus Christ and are born again by His Holy Spirit are qualified to be called sons of God. There is an invitation today to every person on the earth to become one of God’s children. This is His desire and the reason that He allowed His Son to come to earth and die for all of our sins. Everyone who will take Jesus as their Lord and Savior will have the right to be called: the children of God.

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