I Belive in Jesus Christ, God’s Only Son..

What does it mean that I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son…?

Let’s start with what this does not mean.

It Does Not Mean that Jesus is God’s only Son. Throughout the scripture the term “Son(s) of God” is given to creatures other then Jesus that God himself created. For instance, in the book of Genesis we see the Nephilim are referred to as the, “sons of God” as well as the Adam and the angels.  Each of them created by God and referred to as the Sons of God.  Beyond that through faith in Christ we become the children of God, His sons and daughters.

So what are we declaring when we say I believe in Jesus Christ God’s only Son?

This statement I Believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son is rooted in five scriptures penned by the Apostle John. Each of these statements refers to Jesus as, God’s only begotten son.  The word begotten gives us insight into the mystery of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son.

 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NASB)

 “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” (John 1:18 NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)

 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18 NASB)

“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. (1 John 4:9 NASB)

Only Begotten Son

In order for us to understand what it means that Jesus is God’s Only Son we must get our minds wrapped around the phrase “only begotten”. The Greek word for “only begotten” is monogenes, the very form of which clearly denotes “only generated.” As monotheism connotes only one God and monosyllable means a word of only one syllable, so monogenes means only one genesis or only one generated–or, more simply, only begotten. John was primarily concerned with demonstrating that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:31), and he uses monogenes to highlight Jesus as uniquely God’s Son—sharing the same divine nature as God—as opposed to believers who are God’s sons and daughters by adoption (Ephesians 1:5). Jesus is God’s “one and only” Son.

Jesus is not a created son of God (as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cultists teach), but a begotten Son of God–in fact, the only begotten Son of God.

  • Jesus never had a beginning, for He was there in the beginning.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

  • He was always in the bosom of the Father.

“No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” (John 1:18 NASB)

The classical doctrine of the Trinity affirms that within the one, undivided being of God there are three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also affirms that what distinguishes the three persons are their relations of origin: The Father is unbegotten, the Son is eternally begotten of the Father, and the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.

He did not become the only Son by His virgin birth. He was the only begotten Son from eternity, “set up from everlasting” These truths are beyond our full comprehension, of course, for they are all part of the great mystery of the Triune Godhead. Christ is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), for as He said: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).

So when we proclaim: I Believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son we are proclaiming that we believe that Jesus is the God who saves, the anointed Messiah and only eternal begotten Son our Lord.

Pastor Peter

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