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Jesus Really Is the Only
Begotten Son of God!

Not Just a Unique Son of God.

The Bible says very clearly that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. When Scripture is compared with Scripture, as we will do on this page, we will see that the begotten attribute of Jesus is at the very heart of the Gospel. It is part of the central theme showing Jesus to be a gift from God to us! It's His only begotten Son.

Also, we will see what the implications of Jesus being the only begotten Son of God is strinking and important. It has special bering to our salvation. God loved us so much that He gave his only begotten Son that we might be saved!

  1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

When we read through the Bible we find that the evidence of God's love for us is actually tied to the fact that God loved us so much that He gave us the Son of His Bosom, His only begotten Son.

  1. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. John 1:18

Thus it is through God's gift that love is revealed to us. The activities of His Son also reveal to us the same love since Jesus is like His Father. So, God's gift to us, of His only begotten Son, is a central theme of the Gospel.

Before we get into the implications of Christ being begotten we need to look a very important issue. Many say that Jesus is God's unique son rather than His only begotten Son. What does the Bible say about this issue?

monogenes

"monogenes" means ONLY-generated or only-begotten. But some say that "monogenes" actually means "unique" or "one of a kind".

So, did God actually give us His only begotten Son, the Son of His Bosom, the Son that came out of God? Or did God just give us a unique Son that is not even begotten by Him and is just said to be His Son?

Did Abraham Have One Son or Two Sons?

The controversy has been raised because of Hebrews 11:17.

  1. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Hebrews 11:17

In Hebrews, Abraham is said to have offered up Isaac, his only begotten son. However some oppose this idea by asking: "Did Abraham only have one son or did he really have two sons: Isaac and Ishmael?"

If Abraham had two sons then Isaac cannot be Abraham's only begotten son. Isaac must only be Abraham's unique son since Issac had a "half-brother".

The answer to this question is really very simple and is found in the very next chapter of Hebrews:

  1. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
  2. But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Hebrews 12:7-8

In our walk with God we know that we are true sons of God when God deals with us to chasten us. Otherwise, we would wonder if we ourselves were really illegitimate and not a son of God.

This same question also relates to Ishmael. Isaac was the cherished son of Abraham, but was Ishmael also a son of Abraham or was he illegitimate? As it turns out, Ishmael was truly illegitimate and was even banished from the home. So, following the logic of Hebrews 12:8, Ishmael is illegitimate and not Abraham's son.

In the next section, we will also see that God never actually calls Ishmael Abraham's son. God also calls Isaac Abraham's only son!

Isaac the Only Son of Abraham

Abraham's situation is the key since he is used in this argument to say that Jesus is not the only begotten Son of God. God promised Abraham a son but Abraham gave in to his wife when they thought the time was passing from them. So thinking they would help God, they used Hagar to obtain a son.

But now, Abraham had this problem. Sarah, his real wife, was now telling him to get rid of the bondwoman and her son.

  1. Therefore she [Sarah] said to Abraham, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac."
  2. And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham's sight because of his son.
  3. But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
  4. "Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed." Genesis 21:10-13

Look at verses 12 and 13. God Himself does not call Hagar Abraham's wife nor does He call Ishmael Abraham's son. Instead, He calls Hagar "your bondwoman" and He calls the boy "the son of the bondwoman"! So, there is no indication from God that the boy is actually part of Abraham's family; Rather, he is an outcast, he is clearly illegitimate from God's perspective.

What is really amazing to realize is that God actually went out of his way to describe Hagar as "your bondwoman" and the boy as "the son of the bondwoman" and not as Abraham's son! He could have easily called the boy his son. But God did not do that. God only indicated that the lad was "Abraham's seed".

Isaac is Abraham's only begotten son because he was the only son from his legitimate wife within the confines of marriage as specified in the Bible. So it was Isaac who was to be the heir of all that Abraham had, not Ishmael. Even though Ishmael was Abraham's seed, he was illegitimate and not counted as a son of Abraham by God. So he was forced to leave Abraham's camp with his mother. His mother was only a bondwoman, not Abraham's one and only wife.

If Ishmael was indeed to be counted as a son, he would then be heir of all things since he was born before Isaac. However, he is not even counted as being part of the family and is forced to leave. So, Isaac is the first born and he receives the birthright.

Isaac was also used to test Abraham's love for God over his most prized possession, that of his only begotten son:

  1. Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." Genesis 22:2

Since God did not consider Ishmael to be Abraham's son, it makes sense that God would now call Isaac Abraham's only son. Not only is Isaac the first born, he is the only son born in the family. Abraham has no other son! His wife only had one boy.

So, Hagar was not counted as Abraham's wife in God's eyes at all. Hagar was only Abraham's bondwoman. And Ishmael was also not even counted as a son of Abraham and was actually forced to leave the family with his mother. What father would ever send his son and wife out into the wilderness possibly never to see them again? It was also an action that God said should happen:

  1. But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
  2. "Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed." Genesis 21:12-13

It was to keep the integrity and peace of his actual family that Ishmael had to go. Ishmael obviously was not his son nor was he a part of the family so he did not receive the birthright that would normally be given to the first born son. So since God Himself called Isaac as Abraham's only son, Isaac's rightful position in the family was that of the only begotten son of Abraham and the first born.

God Recognized Isaac as Abraham's Only Son
so Paul Chose to Follow His Pronouncement

While the language that Moses wrote in Genesis indicates that Hagar was Abraham's second wife and that Ishmael was Abraham's other son. (Here are some examples:)

  1. Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. Genesis 16:3
  1. And his [Abraham] sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, Genesis 25:9
  1. Now this is the genealogy of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maidservant, bore to Abraham. Genesis 25:12

God Himself never recognized either Hagar nor Ishmael as being part of the Abraham's family.

  1. But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
  2. "Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed." Genesis 21:10-13

In addition to calling Ishmael "the son of the bondwoman", God later referred to Isaac as Abraham's only son:

  1. Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." Genesis 22:2
It is clear that God Himself recognized Isaac as being Abraham's only son. We also see that Paul chose to describe Isaac in the same way that God did. He did this by calling Isaac Abraham's only begotten son:
  1. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Hebrews 11:17

So, Paul means what he is saying. Paul describes Isaac as being Abraham's only begotten son because God Himself had pronounced the same thing long before. Ishmael was only an illegitimate seed and not a true son.

The Bible Teaches that Jesus is the Son of God

Some believe that Jesus only became God's only begotten Son when He was born on the earth. However, God could not give something He did not have. If He gave us His Son, He then had to have a Son to give.

  1. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

The Bible is full of evidence that God did indeed have a Son to give us. It was His only begotten Son.

It is in the Old Testament that we learn of God's Son:

  1. Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know? Proverbs 30:4

In Hebrews we find that the Son of God has a more excelent inheritance than the angels. That is because He was begotten by God.

  1. having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
  2. For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"?
  3. But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1:4-6

The word begotten is not the same word "monogenes" as discussed above. This time "gennao" is used, meaning to be born or begotten. Thus the Son of God really is God's Son. Thus the angels in heaven worshipped Him.

  1. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
  2. who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:2-3

The Son of God has been appointed heir of all things. In addition we see that He is like the Father. He is the brightness of His glory, the express image of His person, etc.

In Colossians, we see that the Son of God, who later became Jesus when He also became human, is the first born! He was born before all created beings.

  1. giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
  2. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
  3. in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
  4. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  5. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
  6. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17.

All things were created through the Son of God and all things were created for Him as well. All things exist because of the Son of God. Thus He is truly the firstborn, the only begotten Son of God and He is over all created things.

In Proberbs we see that Jesus, the Son of God, was brought forth from the Father. They experienced a special delight together in creating all things.

  1. "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
  2. I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
  3. When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.
  4. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth;
  5. While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primeval dust of the world.
  6. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
  7. When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
  8. When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
  9. Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Proverbs 8:22-30

In Ephesians we see the same work of creation being described. It is a fellowship of mystery how the Father and His only Son created all things. God created all things through Jesus Christ.

  1. and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; Ephesians 3:9

There are Other Sons of God

We will look more into what makes Jesus the only begotten son of God, but first we need to clear up a small issue. Because there are other sons of God.

The angels in heaven are created by God (Hebrews 1:7), yet they are also called the sons of God:

  1. When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:7

So the angels are sons of God by creation.

Adam, the first man, was created on the sixth day of creation on earth (Genesis 1:26-27). He was made out of the created dust of the ground, unlike Jesus who came out of God. Yet, Adam is also called the son of God:

  1. the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. Luke 3:38

So, Adam is also a son of God by creation.

Now, in spite of the fact that we have sinned against God, we can also be a son of God through adoption:

  1. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
  2. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:14-15

So there are many sons of God.

Jesus is the Only Begotten Son

Yet with all these sons of God, we find that there is something special about Jesus. He is called the only begotten Son of God. So He is the only one that came from God Himself.

The angels in heaven are not even included in this sentence. Jesus is the only one! He is the only one that is actually born from God!

  1. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9

Some say that Jesus is called begotten because He was born on earth. However, it is clear from these texts that Jesus already was begotten before He came to the earth as a man! God gave us something that He already had and His love for us was shown in that act of giving.

This is not some esoteric point in Scripture, This is the central issue God makes with us in the Bible! God loved us so much that He gave us His most prized possession. It was His only begotten Son that He gave us. So Jesus, the actual Son of God, is the central pillar of God's message. Since God does not lie we must accept as fact that Jesus is the actual Son of God and that God gave Him to us because He loves us!

God uses His Son to show the intensity of His love and Jesus is the object that shows the extent of His love. He is our evidence of God's love.

  1. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. John 1:18

There is a closeness and a bond found nowhere else. Jesus is God's own "flesh and blood" except they are not composed of flesh.

Jesus Came Forth Out of God

So, Jesus is the Son of God by birth. Jesus came forth out of God! This is not a creative act but it is some kind of a birthing process because the Son of God came out of God Himself. Jesus is actually composed out of the "stuff" of God.

  1. "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;
  2. "for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
  3. "I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father." John 16:26-28

The phrase "came forth" is translated from the Greek word: ("exerchomai" Strongs # 1831) which means to "issued forth" or to have "issued from". Jesus issued forth from the Father. In the next verse, "proceeded forth" also comes from the same Greek word.

The next Scripture is very interesting. In verse 41, the leaders decided to push their point by saying that they were not illegitimate like Jesus was. Thus they were saying Jesus was Illegitimate!

In response, Jesus expanded His message by telling them where He actually came from. So, Jesus told them that He was not illegitimate at all. He proceeded forth from God! Christ told them: If God were their father, they would love Him because He came out of the Father, and He came from God, who sent Him into the world.

Jesus was speaking very plainly, telling them where He came from, yet it was as if they had not heard Him:

  1. "You do the deeds of your father." Then they said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father--God."
  2. Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
  3. "Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. John 8:42-43

Jesus said He came forth from God when He was accused of being illegitimate. So it is clear that Jesus was speaking of His original birth from the Creator. Jesus is not illegitimate!

In this and the next Scripture we find that Jesus spoke of two different events. 1) He proceeded forth or He came forth from God and, 2) He came into the world (God sent Him).

The text is not just a fancy way to describe His coming to the earth twice. But rather, Jesus was saying that He proceeded forth from God and He also came from God who sent Him to the earth.

  1. "Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
  2. "For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. John 17:7-8

Christ's followers knew that Jesus came forth from God and they also believed that God had sent Him to the earth.

Since He was the only begotten Son of God, Jesus was actually composed out of the "stuff" of God! He was in the form of God!

  1. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
  2. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, Philippians 2:5-6

Jesus came forth from His Father in the form of God. So Jesus is equal with His Father.

  1. But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working."
  2. Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:17-18.

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