Although Jesus is referred to throughout the gospels as the Son of God, there is a particular way to which His Sonship is tied to His resurrection.
The apostle Paul speaks of this in Acts 13:33 when he quotes Psalm 2:7. In that psalm, God declares to the Messiah, “You are My Son; today I have begotten You.” This, of course, attaches a day of birth to the Sonship. Paul makes the point in Acts that it was through the raising Jesus from the dead that these words were fulfilled.
Paul makes this same point in the opening of Romans when he writes that while Jesus was the son of David according to the flesh, He was “declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.”
Up until the resurrection, the arc of Jesus’ life was exactly like that of all other human beings: conception, birth, life, death. Jesus introduced a new step in the sequence by being born out of death (or you could say born again after death) to eternal life. He was raised from the dead, past earth, all the way to heaven. This was now to be the extended progression for all humanity.
As the Son of God in this resurrection sense, He belonged in heaven for that is God’s home. Thus He ascended there. Because we are being conformed to the image of God’s Son, we shall follow.
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