My questions regard 2 Samuel 7:11-16. The passage seems to be referring to Solomon. On the other hand, I am tempted to believe this scripture refers to Jesus. Who is being talked about? And if it is Solomon, can we conclude that Solomon was indeed saved (v.15)? — Mohammad (Middle East)

The passage in its immediate context speaks of Solomon; but in its remote context, the future Messianic king. Notice that the Lord promises that the line of David would endure. How is this true if there is no Davidic descendant on the throne today? Actually, there is. Jesus reigns! He is wiser than Solomon, purer in heart than David, and he fulfills all the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. God's love was never taken away from Solomon insofar as his blessing continues to remain on his descendant (Jesus Christ).

The "discipline" of 2 Sam 7:14 refers to David's royal descendants—his offspring who reigned. Yet with one obvious exception: Jesus Christ.

Interestingly, the rabbis had already assigned this a messianic interpretation by the time of Jesus, and connected it with Psalm 2.

So to answer to your questions: (1) the text refers to both Solomon and Jesus; (2) though we cannot be dogmatic about Solomon's salvation, the passage implies it as a real possibility. God will judge that one.

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