English Bible Translations Part 06 - DE Tampers with the Person of Christ

Part 6 - Deficiencies of Dynamic Equivalence - DE Tampers with the Person of Christ.

We must take special care when handling truth about the Son of God. Unbridled speculation about His holy Person is perilous. Our thoughts of Him must be grounded in the very words of Scripture: "But when the Helper comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, Who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me" (John 14:26 ESV). Consider the words of Hebrews 1:5

• KJV: For unto which of the angels said He at any time, "Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee?" (ESV is similar)

• NLT: For God never said to any angel what He said to Jesus: "You are My son. Today I have become your Father." (NIV is similar.)

By stating that God became the Father of the Lord Jesus, the NLT andNIV are denying His eternal Sonship—a serious error. Although Psalm 2: looks forward to a Millennial crowning of the King, the perfect tense in the quotation shows that the declaration was made in the past: "Jehovah hath said unto Me" (J. N. Darby). "Thou art My Son" confirms an eternal relationship. The eternal Son, however, was begotten into manhood. Acts 13:33 refers to the time when the Son of God was begotten into manhood as a Prophet, raised up in Israel. Matthew records, "And lo, a voice from heaven saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased’" (Matthew 3:17). Hebrews 1:5 views the Son of God begotten into manhood as a King, exalted above angels, heir of all things, and enthroned. And Hebrews 5:5 shows the Son of God begotten into manhood as Priest.