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The only begotten Son of God

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A couple of years ago I got into a debate on another forum and on another person’s thread over when the only begotten Son of God was first begotten of the Father, before, or after His death and resurrection. This topic became very heated with many, and was not even allowed in the “Orthodox” section of this particular Christian forum because it is a very controversial topic. And I’m not writing this to start an argument by no means, but rather to perhaps edify others on the topic. And also to speak on the reason I believe Jesus Christ is called the “only begotten” Son of God in scripture.


I myself have not been taught by any man, and do not hold to the teachings of any certain man-made denominations of Christianity. But I do hold firmly to the written words of God, and try to prove all things out by the scriptures along with the guidance of the Holy Spirit; as I believe we all should do as well. But what I also found out later on after being on other forum sites as well, is this; even the words “only begotten” or “begotten” have been removed, changed, replaced, or even reworded in some Bible translations concerning the title of Jesus Christ being the “only begotten” Son of God.

I believe these changes are happening because of carnally minded men’s lack of understanding into discerning the mystery into what the Spirit is truly saying concerning God the Father and His only begotten Son, which is in truth His Living Word.


So because of all this confusion I thought I would try to show by some scriptures why God likens, or compares His Word like His “only begotten” Son. And also how the Son of God was the only begotten Son of God even before the resurrection of Jesus. I believe once one understands that God’s only begotten Son is in truth God’s very Word then hopefully things will become clearer for you concerning the meaning of God’s only begotten Son. God said His Christ shall be like His Son, and God would be His Father in 2 Samuel 7:14 and is confirmed in Hebrews 1:5. God’s Word, like a Son, came forth like seed from God the Father; whom God the Father also empowered and anointed to be both Lord and Christ.


If you notice above I highlighted the word of in the phrase Son of God, this is because just as God’s words comes forth from God, the words spoken are therefore of God, just as Christ is God’s (1 Corinthians 3:23) This is also why Jesus said the Father was greater than Himself, because the Word came out from God the Father in heaven; as this also shows the point of origin of the Word of God.


Now let’s look at the word begotten, or only begotten as used in some scriptures. Many go to Psalm 2:7 and Acts 13:33 as proof of when Jesus Christ was first begotten of the Father, but those verses speak of the Son of God as being the first begotten from the dead; which we will see a bit later. Also some use Romans 1:4 to try to prove when the Son of God was first begotten. But I believe that verse is just another proof of the fulfillment of Psalm 2:7, and is used as a declaration that proved whom Jesus Christ was by the power given Him of the Father, and of the resurrection from the dead.


Let’s look at the Bible usage of the Hebrew word yâlad in Psalm 2:7 which is translated as begotten in the KJV….יָלַד yâlad, yaw-lad'; a primitive root; to bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage:—bear, beget, birth(-day), born, (make to) bring forth (children, young), bring up, calve, child, come, be delivered (of a child), time of delivery, gender, hatch, labour, (do the office of a) midwife, declare pedigrees, be the son of, (woman in, woman that) travail(-eth, -ing woman).


The KJV translates Strongs H3205 in the following manner: beget (201x), bare (110x), born (79x), bring forth (25x), bear (23x),……. Also the KJV translates the word gennaō Strongs G1080 in Acts 13:33 also in the following manner: begat (49x), be born (39x), bear (2x), gender (2x), bring forth (1x), be delivered (1x), misc (3x). So both the Hebrew and Greek show pretty much the same usage in scripture as Bible usage shows…..to bear, bring forth, beget, gender, travail….(Niphal) to be born….

Bible usage also shows the Greek word “monogenes” as in John 1:14 in the The KJV that translates Strongs G3439 in the following manner: only begotten (6x), only (2x), only child (1x).

Bible usage being defined as….single of its kind, only….used of only sons or daughters (viewed in relation to their parents)….. used of Christ, denotes the only begotten Son of God.”


So why all the stir and hub bub about calling Jesus Christ the “only begotten” Son of God when both the Hebrew and Greek translations seem to be saying the same? Well I personally believe it is because people do not fully understand that the words of God are often spoken in a mystery, as many also cannot truly hear what it is the Spirit is saying concerning how God likened His Word to His Son. And how like a son comes forth from a father, so too did God’s Word come forth from His own bosom and was made flesh in the man Jesus, as is also written.


Also many think since the word “begotten” is used it somehow suggests that God had a beginning of days, and or that His Son was created later on; or perhaps the term “begotten” somehow takes away from the divinity of Christ. But that is not what the Spirit is saying concerning God’s Word being the “only begotten” Son of God.

I would also like to add that Abraham's son Isaac in Hebrews 11:17 is also referred to in scripture as his “only begotten” son. But we also know by scripture that Abraham, like God the Father, had many other sons. I also will try to explain why I believe Isaac is referred to in this manner, as I believe there is a connection to Christ in all this as well.


So again, when you understand God’s Son is His Word, then the only begotten of the Father might begin to make a little more sense to you. The word only in only begotten Son suggest just one, and God’s seed is One, which seed is also the Fathers Living Word, or Christ. This one seed is shown here in Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”


This is also why I believe Christ is called the only begotten Son of God, because God’s One seed is Christ, which seed is also God’s Word of Life that was with Him from the very beginning, and that was later made flesh in the man Jesus. This also makes the connection to Abraham and to his seed by the promise, and to his “only begotten” son Isaac (a similitude of the offering to come in Jesus Christ). Who also had that same One seed of promise dwelling in them both, or the Spirit of Christ in them.


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This is also what Jesus meant when He said we shall all be One, He in us, we in Him, even as He and the Father are One by the same Spirit.

When a person is truly born again of the Spirit they then have that One seed dwelling in them, which is the Living Word of God in them, or Christ dwelling in them. (God with us, or in us) Proof of the word of God being that one holy seed in us is also shown in the parable of the seed being sown in the world.

The seed is the word of God as shown here in Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” But now also notice the children of the kingdom are also shown as the good seed in Matthew 13:38 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;”


So though there is only One Holy seed, which is the Living Word of God, this One Holy seed dwells in all the children of the Kingdom of God. And those who are born of God also have Christ dwelling in them, the seed of promise, which is the incorruptible seed as shown in 1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”


Notice Peter mentioned we are born again by the word of God which lives= the Living Word of God. God gave the power of Life to His Word in the very beginning, as His Word is shown as the firstborn of all creation. So we know the Son was around with the Father before the world was, because it is written God created all things by His Son, which is His Word.


Now concerning Abraham and Isaac notice what Jesus said to the Sadducees in Matthew chapter 22 concerning the resurrection, which they didn’t believe in any way. Jesus reminded them of the words of God concerning their question about the resurrection of the dead when He said “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”


Paul also confirms who are of the seed in Romans 9:8 “That is,They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” Once again this explains why Isaac was considered the “only begotten” of Abraham and not his firstborn son Ishmael; as the promise of the Spirit of Life was to Abraham and to his seed according to the promise. Abraham being the father of the faith was also circumcised in the heart by the Holy Spirit, which also speaks of Christ in them by way of the Spirit. (Spirit of promise=promise of the Father)

So that is why I believe Isaac is also shown as the only begotten son of Abraham, being that they all lived by that same spiritual seed of promise which dwelled in them, which is the Spirit of Christ that dwelled in them.


But even still many have trouble thinking of the Son of God as being the only begotten Son of God before Jesus died and was resurrected. But when you understand what the Lord is showing in the likeness of giving birth to (or being begotten of) and giving the power of Life to His Word, then perhaps you will also better understand how God’s only begotten Son came forth from the Father in heaven, and was given the power to save and resurrect Life through Him; as Jesus Christ said “I am the resurrection and the Life.”

Also by the words of God spoken, and then written down later, this is how we get to know the Father and get to know what He is like. We see God’s nature in and through the image of Jesus Christ.


Just as Jesus Christ being the very Word of God is also the express image of the invisible God. Jesus said if you have seen me, then you have also seen the Father; so by God’s Word we know what God is like, as we see the Light of His glory in the face of Jesus Christ.


I believe the word begotten is also used concerning the Word because God likens spiritual things to natural things, as in this case like natural child birth. I believe the word begotten simply suggests the coming forth from the Father as Jesus said he did, much like a son being born into the world, or made alive. This does not mean the Son of God being the very Word of God had a certain beginning of days, but it just shows the origin from whence the Word of God came; which in fact came out from God the Father in heaven, and also returned to the Father in heaven.


And that is what I believe the Father is saying of His Son in Psalm 2:7 concerning his resurrection from the dead and being begotten again concerning “this day.” Also compare and notice the word again used in Acts 13:33 in connection with Psalm 2:7….. Acts 13:33 “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”


So when the Spirit of Life entered back into the body of Jesus again and he was raised up again, or made alive again; this is what I believe God meant by His Son being begotten on that certain day in Psalm 2:7. Another important thing to notice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the giving again of Life and the power of Eternal Life to the Son by the Father; and this life is given also to whom the Father has given to the Son.


This sign of the first begotten given Life to me also holds a shadow of the relationship with God and His Son in the beginning of all creation. Even as Jesus being raised up again was now also like a whole new beginning to a whole new creation yet to be fully realized; but again starting with Christ who is the beginning of all things that are, and were created by God. Which new creation will also be fully realized in the regeneration and resurrection to come, and then being complete with the coming of new heavens and a new earth.

In John 1:4 concerning the Son it is written “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” And also in verse 9 it is written of the Son “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” I believe these verses also hold a clue in understanding how the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world when certain death came upon all of mankind by way of sin. Just as Jesus said the Devil was a murderer from the very beginning, even as Cain being of that wicked seed killed his own righteous brother Abel.


Also the Son of God is also shown as the first begotten prior to Jesus death as in Hebrews 1:6 “And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” But God’s Son is also shown as the first born of every creature in Colossians 1:15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” This proves God’s Word, or Son is shown as the first born, or begotten, even before Jesus was resurrected again.


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So Jesus Christ being raised up again, or begotten again, is like the new starting point of a whole new creation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ; as we are also shown in scripture as being made new creatures in Christ.


So when the body of Jesus was raised up again, or made alive again, that prophecy was fulfilled in Psalm 2:7 of “that day” and of Jesus being begotten again. But this in no way suggests that God’s Word, or Son was not considered the only begotten Son of God prior to Jesus’ resurrection as some have suggested in the past. This just simply means that He was made alive again from the dead.

Even God the Father called Christ His Son before Jesus’ death and resurrection. Also the scriptures confirm that God the Father created all things by His Son, which is His Word, and that He was also was with Him from the very beginning.


God the Father in the beginning gave the power of Life to His Word, which is His only begotten Son, by which all things were created, exist, and have Life. Jesus said “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” And here Jesus said John 5:26 “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;”


This again shows the difference between the Father and His Son, as it also shows why Jesus Christ said the Father was greater than himself. The Father gave the power of life to His Son, not the other way around. The Son is begotten of the Father, not the other way around. The Father is the head of Christ, not the other way around. So when people use phrases of men like “God the Son” it teaches confusion because that is like saying “Father the Son.” But when you understand the Son of God is the very Word of God empowered by God the Father’s Spirit, all these many sayings of Jesus will begin to make perfect sense.

And again in John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”


So as it was in the beginning God empowered His Word to have Life and to also give Life, as the Son was also resurrected again and given the power to give eternal Life to those who believe on Him.

This notion of being begotten again, or made alive again is also shown in us by way of Christ in 1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,.” Even the Lord said in Revelation 1:5 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”


So simply put what is being said in Psalm 2:7 and Acts 13:33 is this, the only begotten Son of God was made alive again being the first born (begotten) from the dead as shown in Colossians 1:18 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Even the Lord confirms the same of being alive again, or begotten again from the dead and made alive forevermore. Revelation 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”


So I have concluded in my studies that the only begotten Son of God was already the only begotten Son of God even before Jesus was begotten again from the dead, or else how could God the Father say He sent His only begotten Son into the world prior to His death and resurrection as is also written? 1 John 4:9 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

So for one to say the Son of God was not the “only begotten” Son of the Father until after the death resurrection of Jesus would make the above verse a false statement, and we know that is not the case. And concerning those whose names that are written in the Lambs book of Life from the foundation of the world, I believe it is the Father who gave those names whom He did foreknow to His Son.


Notice what Jesus says here in John 17:1-3 “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

And also in John 17:5 “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.


Now think about this in light of the Lord being the beginning and the end, the first and with the last, He also being the root and in the offspring. Christ being the One seed that was determined to die so that we might have eternal life through Him; and He also being the true Vine whereby we could also bear fruit by abiding in Him.


Now listen to Jesus’ words here…..

John 12:23-24 “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”


What a marvelous work God the Father has performed in the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. In that we by abiding in Him can also bring forth fruit to the glory of both the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.


Be fruitful and multiply! Peace and God bless, Mark.



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I hope you don't talk like you write - whole magazines at a time. :classic_smile:

But yes, some people make the mistake of harboring the idea that the Son had a beginning, but when we read all of the references about the begotten - they are all in the context of Christ being prepared to come to the earth as an offering for sin, in the Old Testament, or in the New Testament a reference to him in the flesh on earth, and in particlular around the time of his crucifixion.

You would think that the birth of Christ would be included here, but it isn't. 


The begotten was and can only be talking about Christ as the Lamb, slain for the world, and that by making a sin offering for the world, God would have One in whom the whole world is reconciled. And the same term is used for his priesthood, which began after he ascended.

So "begotten" is a special application that has to do with God being able to redeem man, through a new man - the son of man. The human combined with the divine.

It is a word of a victorious outcome, and not about having a baby.

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Sometimes the gospels record God saying "this my beloved son" agapatos

At least John uses the phrase "only-begotten son" monogeneris or monogenes, in his gospel and in 1 John

Writer of Hebrews also uses monogenes


Heb 11:17

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,


But ya know, it's not really true that Isaac was Abraham's only-begotten son

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5 hours ago, Anto9us said:


But ya know, it's not really true that Isaac was Abraham's only-begotten son

Your quite correct he wasn't - he was wasn't even Abraham's first born son. So what is so special about him that earns him this title 'only begotten'?


Was it that he was the son of promise (the covenant child) - I find it interesting to see that the references to the God the Son being the 'only begotten' seem incredibly incarnational to me - i.e. they are all to do with why the Son took on human flesh (and added humanity to his eternal divinity) - Jesus Christ is the child of promise, of whom Isaac was a mere shadow (Isa 9:6) and he is certainly the child of the New Covenant. 


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