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A discussion of jesus being the gods only son

Introduction

One of our favorite Christmas Scripture verses is I John 4: The next verse explains that we have life through Him because God "sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" I John 4: Our heavenly Father gives us eternal life instead of the eternal hell that we deserve because His only begotten Son died in our place for our sins.

This unique phrase is used with reference to the Lord Jesus just four other times, and all five verses contain vitally important truths concerning Christ. These verses are as follows: This is the key verse of the Incarnation, assuring us that the man Jesus, who dwelt among us for a time, was also the eternal Word who was "in the beginning with God" and that He "was God" and that "all things were made by Him" John 1: He was God the Creator manifest in the flesh.

The Father is omnipresent, and therefore invisible to mortal eyes, but as Jesus said: Men have seen and heard the Father in the person of His only begotten Son.

Whenever God has been seen by men, it has been through the Son who has revealed Him. This verse, of course, is the most magnificent of all gospel verses; many would call it the greatest verse in the Bible.

It assures us that, if we simply put our trust in our great Creator who has become man in order to die for our sins, and then to defeat death and become our Savior, our sins will be forgiven, and we shall live forever with Him.

Other than the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, "there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" Acts 4: This great Christmas verse was discussed above and is a wonderful summary verse on salvation that Christians now often write on their Christmas cards.

Many modern English translations of the New Testament apparently do not consider it important, for they render the phrase merely as "only son.

The New International Version renders it "one and only son. It does not mean "one," or even "one and only. The fact is, that to call Him the only Son of God would make the Bible contradict itself, for He is not the only Son of God, and certainly not the "one and only" Son of God. Angels are several times called the sons of God e. Likewise, Adam was called the son of God Luke 3: The same applies even to fallen angels Genesis 6: The term is also used in a spiritual sense, of course, for those who have become "new creations" in Christ Jesus by faith II Corinthians 5: In this sense, we also are "sons of God" e.

But it is never applied in this sense to Christ, for He is not a created son of God as the Jehovah's Witnesses and other cultists teachbut a begotten Son of God--in fact, the only begotten Son of God. He never had a beginning, for He was there in the beginning John 1: In His prayer to the Father in the upper room, He spoke of "the glory which I had with thee before the world was" John 17: But long before that, He had been everlastingly going forth from "the bosom of the Father.

These truths are beyond our full comprehension, of course, for they are all part of the great mystery of the Tri-une Godhead. Christ is "the image of the invisible God" Colossians 1: He is eternally "in His bosom," yet always "going forth" to "declare" the Father--once as the creating Word, occasionally in pre-incarnate theophanies, also through the Holy Spirit conveying God's written Word which had been "eternally settled in heaven" [Psalm 119: The doctrine of "eternal generation" was what the older theologians a discussion of jesus being the gods only son this great truth.

Jesus Christ—God’s Only Begotten Son in the Flesh

He did not become the only Son by His virgin birth. He was the only begotten Son from eternity, "set up from everlasting" Proverbs 8: The First Begotten from the Dead But that is not all. He was not just the only begotten Son in the beginning, He soon also became the "first begotten of the dead" in time Revelation 1: He was "declared to be the Son of God with power, by the resurrection from the dead" Romans 1: When Paul at Antioch preached on the resurrection, he declared that God "hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee" Acts 13: He is the only begotten Son eternally and now the first begotten Son by resurrection, "the first fruits of them that slept" I Corinthians 15: What a wonderful Savior is Jesus Christ, our Lord!

The Lord Jesus is not only the unique Son of God by eternal generation and by resurrection, but also by divine inheritance. God has "spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things" Hebrews 1: The Uniquely Incarnate Son His unique human birth, miraculously conceived with a divinely created body in a virgin's womb, had also marked Him as the incarnate Son of God.

To Mary, the angel had said: His unique righteousness, in both character and action, still further marks Him as Son of God, for He alone possessed the divine nature from the beginning. He said on one occasion: He was even identified as God's Son by heavenly proclamation.

The Lord Jesus Christ is thus Son of God by miraculous conception and virgin birth, by heavenly proclamation, by His uniquely perfect human nature, by divine inheritance, and by triumphant resurrection.

The Son Given There is another great Christmas verse. That child was the infant Jesus, born of the virgin as prophesied hundreds of years in advance Isaiah 7: At the same time, "Unto us a son is given.