What is the meaning of the Beloved in the Bible?. In the Old Testament, the word beloved is used repeatedly in the Song of Songs, as newlyweds express their deep affection for each other (Song of Songs 5: 9; 6: 1, 3). In this case, beloved implies romantic feelings. Nehemiah 13:26 also uses the word Beloved to describe King Solomon as “loved by his God” (ESV). In fact, at Solomon’s birth, “because the Lord loved him, he sent a message through the prophet Nathan the name of Jedidiah” (2 Samuel 12:25). Jedidiah means “loved by the Lord.”
For reasons that only he knows, God imposes a special affection on some people and uses them in a way higher than that used by others. Israel is often called “loved by God” (for example, Deuteronomy 33:12; Jeremiah 11:15). God chose this group of people as His Beloved to separate them from His divine plan to save the world through Jesus (Deuteronomy 7: 6–8; Genesis 12: 3).
The word beloved is also used repeatedly throughout the New Testament.
A notable use of the word is in the baptism of Jesus. In this scene, the three Persons of the Trinity are revealed. God the Father speaks to the Son from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am pleased” (Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22). Then, the “Holy Spirit descended like a dove and perched on Him” (Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32).
God again calls Jesus “beloved” on the Mount of Transfiguration: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am pleased; listen to him” (Matthew 17: 5). We can learn a little about the love relationship shared by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for the use of God’s beloved word. Jesus echoes that truth in John 10:17 when he says: “
Many New Testament writers used the phrase Beloved to address the recipients of their letters (for example, Philippians 4: 1; 2 Corinthians 7: 1; 1 Peter 2:11). Most of the time, the Greek word translated as “beloved” is agapētoi, related to the word agape. In inspired letters, Beloved means “friends very loved by God.” In the New Testament, the use of the word beloved implies more than human affection. It suggests esteem for others that comes from recognizing their value as children of God. Those directed were more than friends; they were brothers and sisters in Christ and therefore highly valued.
Since Jesus is the one God loves, Beloved is also used as a title for Christ. Paul speaks of how believers are the beneficiaries of the “glorious grace of God, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1: 6, ESV). The Father loves the Son, and He loves us and blesses us for the good of the Son.
All adopted in the family of God through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ are loved by the Father (John 1:12; Romans 8:15). It is an amazing and luxurious love: “Look what great love the Father has lavished on us, so that we may be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3: 1). Because God has poured out his love on us, we are free to apply the words of Song of Songs 6: 3 to our relationship with Christ: “I am of my beloved, and my beloved is mine.”
Jesus is the centre of God’s love.
Christ is the beloved Son of the Father and, as such, the desire of all who love God. Jesus will attract all who love God. Christ gave his life for each one of us, shedding his precious blood on the cross of Calvary. He did it for LOVE. Roman flagellations were known to be brutal. They generally consisted of thirty-nine lashes. The soldier used a whip with braided leather strips with interwoven metal pieces.
When the whip struck the flesh, those pieces caused bruises or bruises, which opened with the other blows. And the strap also had sharp pieces of bone, which severely cut the meat. The back was so torn that the spine was sometimes exposed due to such deep cuts. The lashes went from the shoulders to the back and the legs. As the flogging continued, the lacerations ripped to the muscles and produced shivering shivers of bleeding flesh.
The victim’s veins were exposed, and the same muscles, tendons and bowels were open and exposed. Every whip he received in his body, it was because he loved you, he did it for LOVE. He put himself in your place.
Ephesians 1: 6
Desired of all nations (Haggai 2: 7) Jehovah’s partner (Zechariah 13: 7).