Only Begotten…..

By this the love of God was revealed in our case, that God sent his only-begotten Son+ into the world so that we might gain life through him.

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The Scriptures speak of “the only-begotten son” of a widow who lived in the city of Nain, of Jairus’ “only-begotten daughter,” and of a man’s “only-begotten” son whom Jesus cured of a demon.

The Greek Septuagint uses mo·no·ge·nesʹ when speaking of Jephthah’s daughter, concerning whom it is written: “Now she was absolutely the only child. Besides her he had neither son nor daughter.”

The apostle John repeatedly describes the Lord Jesus Christ as the only-begotten Son of God. This is not in reference to his human birth or to him as just the man Jesus. As the Loʹgos, or Word, “this one was in the beginning with God,” even “before the world was.” At that time while in his prehuman state of existence, he is described as the “only-begotten Son” whom his Father sent “into the world.”

He is described as having “a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father,” the one residing “in the bosom position with the Father.”  It is hard to think of a closer, more confidential, or more loving and tender relationship between a father and his son than this.

The angels of heaven are sons of God even as Adam was a “son of God.” But the Loʹgos, later called Jesus, is “the only-begotten Son of God.”  He is the only one of his kind, the only one whom God himself created directly without the agency or cooperation of any creature. He is the only one whom God his Father used in bringing into existence all other creatures. He is the firstborn and chief one among all other angels, which angels the Scriptures call “godlike ones” or “gods.”

Therefore, according to some of the oldest and best manuscripts, the Lord Jesus Christ is properly described as “the only-begotten god.

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~ by DJ Camstar on 16/07/2016.

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