What exactly does “begotten Son” mean?

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Speaker 1

Exactly does begotten son mean? So I would say I feel like there’s a lot of different theories out there. You know, when the Bible says, you know, the most famous Bible verse, John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. And so a lot of people have come to think, oh, Jesus is begotten. He had a know God the Father is older than know Jesus came about much later or something like, like as if Jesus is somehow not equal with God the Father. But I would say that is not biblically accurate. And I will show you something that I found to be the most helpful. I remember because I actually had somebody come into my church and bring about this doctrine where they were saying Jesus is begotten. Jesus had a beginning. Jesus is not equal with the I said, you know, that’s an interesting doctrine you got there. But what I found is it couldn’t be backed with Scripture. And every scripture I read pointed to the divinity of Christ and to his everlasting eternal existence.

Speaker 1

And so I’ll show you that in the book of Proverbs, chapter eight. And just to make it very clear that this is a lot of the book of books in Psalms or chapters in Psalms as well as some in Proverbs point to Jesus. And I believe that this is a messianic prophecy in Proverbs, chapter eight, verses 20 through 25, and it says, speaking of Jesus, he says, I lead in the way of righteousness in the midst of the paths of judgment that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance and I will fill their treasures. So this is definitely talking. This is Jesus speaking. And Jesus says here in verse 22, it says, the Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting from the beginning or ever the earth was. In verse 24, he says, when there was no depths, I was brought forth. When there were no fountains abounding with water. In verse 25 he says, before the mountains were set, before the hills was I brought forth. And so in a sense, it’s like saying, yes, I was begotten, but I was begotten from everlasting, from eternity.

Speaker 1

So there is no beginning as far as the begottenness of Christ, is it? We fully can understand. No, because God is eternal. God is something much greater and much bigger than anything we could ever think to imagine. And there’s one more passage. I remember when I was praying about this and I was praying, Lord, this doctrine of Jesus having a beginning, he’s begotten. What does that exactly mean? I don’t understand fully. And I woke up the next morning and I felt the Lord impressed me to go to the book of Hebrews. And I’ll share with you this first. And so Hebrews chapter seven, and this is talking about Jesus. And it says in Hebrews chapter seven, verses two through three, it says to whom also Abraham gave a 10th part. This is talking about Melchizedek, the priest of Salem, which is he was a priest and a king. He was a symbol of Christ. It says the king of righteousness. But in verse two it actually gives a capital king as know the God king, Jesus, the king of righteousness. And after that also king of Salem, which is king of peace. So this is now referring to Jesus.

Speaker 1

And in verse three it says without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made likened to the Son of God, abides a priest continually. So the priesthood of Melchizedek is likened to Jesus, which is described in this way, having neither father nor mother in the sense that he wasn’t born or had a beginning the same way that we do. He’s God and he doesn’t have beginning of days nor end of life. Jesus is eternal. So is Jesus begotten in a certain way that maybe we don’t fully understand? Yes, he is begotten of the Father, but not the same way that a human with two parents are born here on earth. It’s different because again, he’s God.

Speaker 2

And I think it’s important to understand what the Bible is actually saying. Though a lot of us, when we’re looking at the English, we’re struggling with the English word which might have a lot of meaning that actually doesn’t trace back to the original Greek. And in this case, the Greek word that we translate begotten is the Greek word monogeneous, meaning one of a kind. So it’s not saying here that Jesus actually was born from the Father or somehow begotten from the Father, saying he’s the only one of his kind that’s a son of God. I mean, we’re all called sons and daughters of God. Even the angels are called the sons of God, but Jesus is different than them is what it’s saying. He’s one of a so even in that sense, I think we place a lot of extra burden when we’re trying to think of very human terms and try to think of maybe Jesus was born somehow he came out of the Father. And even those verses where he says Jesus proceeded from the Father. It could just be talked about when Jesus proceeded from the Father to come here to earth to dwell with us, not necessarily saying Jesus came out of the Father to be so.

Speaker 2

I generally agree what you say the Bible does show like Jesus is without beginning and end. In fact, revelation. Jesus calls himself the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning. And the Jesus, as far as we know, has always been, always was, just like the Father was.

Speaker 1

Amen. Yeah, and I think even a beautiful verse, I think too that shows even though, yes, he was begotten in the sense that he was born here on earth. Kind of like you’re saying, too, he still called the Father. And you see that in Isaiah, chapter nine, verse six, that beautiful prophecy of Jesus’s first coming. Or it says, for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father. So Jesus, even though know begotten, he’s saying this child is born to he’s. If you see Jesus, you’ve seen the Everlasting Father because they are one. And the so not saying they’re literally.

Speaker 2

The same like a Jehovah Witness might.

Speaker 1

No, no, not one. Yeah, exactly. They’re like you’re saying they’re one of the same. They’re they’re the same essence. We’re not God. We’re not immortal. Only God has immortality. But at the same time, Jesus is definitely equal with the Father. And you see that again also in Philippians, chapter two, that it says Jesus is equal with the Father in a sense that they are both God, and none of us can do that. And the only person that’s really trying to do that is Satan. And he’s not God either. And he’s never going to be anyway. Yep.

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