Jesus Became The Only Begotten Son of God

~AT THE RESURRECTION~

By Craig Bluemel

 

Most Christians agree that the Spirit of God Almighty used the womb of a virgin named Mary to conceive Jesus; He did this supernaturally procreating a human sperm cell (aka ‘seed’), complete with the male Y-chromosomes, the necessary allelomorphic and mitochondrial DNA to make a human being.  God placed this human seed inside Mary’s fertile ovum (female egg), which began the cycle of life that would gestate in her for nine months. 

 

To prepare this young maiden, who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, God sent the angel Gabriel in a heavenly vision and told her she would conceive and then give birth to a baby boy and that his named would Jesus (Luke 1:26-30).

 

Matthew 1:16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. (NIV)

 

Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, 23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name immanuel," which translated means, "God with us." 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.    NASU

 

Luke 1:31-37 And behold, you {Mary} will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give him (Jesus) the throne of his (Jesus’) father David; 33 and he (Jesus) will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and his kingdom will have no end."  34 And Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.  37 For nothing will be impossible with God."  NAS

 

Important to note is as absent in the texts listed above is any reference to Jesus as the, “only begotten,” Son of God.  This word vacancy is very intentional because even though God created (conceived, procreated) the sperm (aka ‘seed’) in Mary’s ovum, this miraculous act is not considered the same as God giving birth to Jesus (more on this topic later).

 

Matthew 1:16 plainly states that it was MARY of whom was BORN Jesus.  Mary gave BIRTH to Jesus as an infant.  God was involved in CONCEIVING the child within Mary, but He was NOT the one that gave BIRTH to the baby (an important distinction, as you will soon see).  Look closely at the list of words and phrases taken from the scripture verses above that portray the conception and the birth of Jesus.

 

Matthew 1:16 Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Matthew 1:18 the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows…

Matthew 1:18 she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:20 the child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus.

Matthew 1:23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son

Matthew 1:25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son

Luke 1:31 you {Mary} will conceive in your womb, and bear a son,

Luke 1:35 and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.

 

There are only a few places in the New Testament where you will find the words, “The only begotten Son of God.”  I was surprised when doing this study to find the word “only begotten son” when used in reference to Jesus only occurs twice in the entire Bible (John 3:16, 18).  These verses that contain the words, “the only begotten Son of God,” are always set in a context that involves Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  Read the context of John chapter three below; Jesus talks to a Jewish rabbi named Nicodemus about being, “born-again,” or more literally, “born from above,” and uses the words, “only begotten son,” and, “the name of the only begotten Son of God.”  Pay attention to how and when these terms apply, because you won’t find them elsewhere in the New Testament.

 

John 3:1-21 The New Birth

3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;

2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, " Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."

3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again {LIT = born from above} he cannot see the kingdom of God." 

4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"

5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

6 " That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 

7 "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 

8 " The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." 

9 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?"

10 Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 

11 "Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 

12 "If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 

13 " No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from (ek = out of) heaven: the Son of Man. 

14 "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 

15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. 

16 "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. 

17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 

18 " He who believes in him {the son} 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. 

19 "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 

20 " For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 

21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

NASU {highlighting, case changes, inserts mine}

 

This passage is clearly about the spiritual birth, and Jesus had to be lifted up on the cross, crucified, and raised from the dead before he would be able to impart eternal life to anyone.  He told Nicodemus, “You must be born from above.”  He meant a spiritual birth that would be “wrought in God,” the Father after Jesus had been raised from the dead and ascended into glory.

 

The reason we know it is a spiritual birth is because the Lord told Nicodemus, “… so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."  Therefore the words, “only begotten son,” do NOT refer to the birth of Jesus as an infant.  This term, “only begotten son of God,” is tied directly to his resurrection from the dead.  The reason for this is simple; the scripture teaches that Mary gave birth to Jesus as a child in the flesh and God the Father gave birth to Jesus in and as a spirit, which is what God is (John 4:24). 

 

Throughout Jesus earthly ministry he was often referred to or referred to himself as “the son of God” or as “the son of man.”  Somewhat puzzling however is why Jesus does not refer to himself as, “the only begotten son of God,” (except for John 3:16, 18).  The answer to the discrepancy between the term “the only BEGOTTEN son of God” and the term “the son of God” is remarkably simple and it is incredibly profound.  To “beget” or to be “begotten” implies the birthing process, as when a woman gives “birth” to her child.  Her newborn is often referred to as the “fruit of her womb” because she that “bore” the child.  If the child born is a woman’s first offspring it is common to call it her “firstborn.”

 

Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the spirit of His son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. NAS

 

God had to use the natural birth process to generate offspring worthy to redeem others from the curse of the Law; I will discuss this at length later, but suffice to say that because of one man Adam, sin entered the world, and death thru one man’s sin and therefore it had to be thru one man Jesus that mankind could be redeemed from the curse of sin. 

 

Ordinarily it takes a man and a woman to conceive offspring and yet the woman is most often said to be the person that “conceives.” Child bearing is always associated with the female and not the male.  Why then is Jesus referred to as the “only BEGOTTEN son OF God?”

 

In the beginning God created the man Adam first by forming him from the dust of the earth.  Then He saw that it was not good that man should live alone because he would have been unable to continue the procreation of his own “kind.”  If mankind could not generate offspring God’s whole plan would go kaput! 

 

So the LORD God put Adam into a very deep sleep and then He fashioned the woman from the man’s side and called her woman because she came from man.  Neither the man Adam nor his wife was ‘begotten’ by God but they were ‘made’ by God in His own ‘image’ after His ‘likeness.’ 

 

Image speaks of an outward form and likeness describes an inward nature (i.e. the ability to discern, choose, love, or hate, etc).  The way God designed conception and birth the man is not independent of the woman, nor is the woman independent of the man; they are required to have a mutual dependency to coexist.

 

1 Corinthians 11:11-12 Nevertheless, in the plan of the Lord and from His point of view woman is not apart from and independent of man, nor is man aloof from and independent of woman; for as woman was made from man, even so man is also born of woman; and all whether male or female go forth from God as their Author.  AMP

 

When Adam and the woman sinned and were severed from contact with the tree of life (closeness of their relationship with God) and devastating consequences followed and resulted in a very negative impact upon their relationship with one another.

 

In Genesis 4:1 Adam had sexual relations with his wife Eve and she became pregnant and bore Cain; and she said, “I have gotten and gained a man (child) with the help of the Lord!” (AMP)  Scientifically speaking Genesis 4:1 is the first written account of how the man and the woman “conceived” children together, after which the woman gave “birth” to her offspring.

 

The conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb occurred because of an act of God; she was told in a vision it would happen when the angel Gabriel spoke to her (Luke 1:26-45).  Approximately 6 months before this God delivered a similar message to Elizabeth, Mary’s elderly cousin, who miraculously conceived in her old age (Luke 1:1-25).

 

In Luke 1:31 the angel Gabriel told Mary, "And behold, YOU will conceive in YOUR womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.”  Wondering how such a feat would be accomplished, she asks about the conception process, and Gabriel’s reply was, “… the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God (verse 32).”

 

In the Greek New Testament there are different words used for the actual birthing process.  The most prominent Greek word translated as born, begotten, birth is gennᜠ(NT: 1080); gennᜠmeans literally generation, kind, or offspring.  Another Greek word used for birth in scripture is tíktœ (NT: 5088) meaning to produce from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc. 

 

In Luke 1:31 the Greek word for, bear,” a son is tikto and not gennao.  Jesus would be produced from seed in his mother just like any other human baby.  There is one significant difference between Jesus’ conception and that of other humans; GOD was the One that used HIS power to generate the seed (or sperm cell) inside of Mary.

 

Jesus was called, “the son of God,” at his birth, but he BECAME God’s, “only begotten,” son at the resurrection from the dead.  The Greek word translated, “only begotten,” in John 1:18, and John 3:16, 18 is monogenoús and monogenoús (NT: 3439) means literally, “only-born, i.e. sole, or single of its kind.”  Acts 13:33 specifies the resurrection as when Jesus was, “begotten,” by his Father God (see below):

 

Acts 13:33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that he raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, 'You are My son; TODAY I have begotten you.' NASU 

 

Acts 13:33 denotes the exact point in time, (i.e. “today”), designated for Jesus to be “begotten,” by God the Father.  It happened when God raised him up and out from among the dead, saying, “Today, I have begotten you.”  This is a fulfillment of what was prophetically spoken thru the prophet David in Psalms 2:7.

 

Psalms 2:7 "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten you.’ NASU 

 

Because there was a spiritual birth occurring at the resurrection of Jesus the event qualified him the firstborn son (meaning the first “begotten” son) of God from the dead.

 

Colossians 1:18 He (Jesus) also is the Head of his body, the church; seeing he is the beginning, the firstborn from (from = ek, ‘out of’) among the dead, so that he alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place stand first and be preeminent.  AMP

 

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, NAS

 

In Colossians 1:18 Jesus is the firstborn from (from = ek, ‘out of’) among the dead because he was the first man to permanently come out of death’s hold.  In Revelation 1:5 Jesus is the firstborn OF the dead, which portrays him in a position of preeminence over others raised from the dead.

 

Jesus was Mary’s firstborn son according to the flesh, but he is GOD’S firstborn son according to the spirit.

 

Matthew 1:24-25 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth HER firstborn son.  And he called His name JESUS.  NKJV

 

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth HER firstborn Son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  NKJV

 

When God raised Jesus from the dead He caused the human soul and spirit of the man to reenter the body of flesh and blood that had been crucified.  This is how God caused the mortal body of His son to come to life, but there was something even more miraculous.  God the Father likens the resurrection of His son to be the moment in time (i.e. – “Today”) when HE gave, “birth,” after HIS (God’s) own kind.  We might compare this spiritual birth to that of human beings whose fleshly bodies give birth after THEIR own kind (See Genesis 5:1-5).

 

I am not teaching some esoteric, pie-in-the-sky, or hard to understand doctrine when I say God the Father gave birth to His son Jesus at the resurrection.  In fact, there is absolutely no other place in the entire scripture that says GOD caused Jesus to be, “begotten,” at any time other than the resurrection.  As I proved earlier in the study by comparing all the gospel accounts of Jesus’ fleshly birth, it was his mother MARY that gave physical birth to him.

 

God IS spirit and when the day came for Him to declare Jesus as HIS, “only begotten,” Son, He raised him up in demonstration of His (God’s) Divine power according to the Spirit of holiness.  This means Jesus is the first man ever to be born again (i.e. literally ‘born from above’) and he was regenerated (born) anew and given the capacity to impart this same Spirit of holiness to all that would come to God by faith thru his mediatorship and because of his propitiation (sacrifice) for sin.

 

Romans 1:1-6 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name's sake, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.  NAS

 

Romans 8:2-4, 12 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit…12 But if the Spirit of Him {God} who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He {God} who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. NASU

 

When Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem this fulfilled that which God promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born a descendant of David according to the requirement of the flesh (Romans 1:2-3).   God made a promise to king David that from one of his descendents would come a MAN (the Messiah aka the Christ) that would ascend to his (David’s) throne.  Once Messiah ascended to the throne of David, (a kingly position symbolic for his position of rule over all the TRUE Israel), he would rule in justice and righteousness from that day forward and forever (2 Samuel 7:8-16 & 1 Chronicles 17:7-15).

 

Christians often confuse the fleshly bloodline of David as being connected to Jesus thru his mother Mary.  However Mary is NOT descended from the bloodline of tribe of Judah.  The only mention of Mary’s lineage in the Scripture is found in Luke 1:5, 36, where it is associated with Aaron’s line and the Levites.  In Luke 1:5 mentions a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  In Luke chapter One the angel of the Lord was sent to give Mary a message concerning the conception and birth of her son Jesus the Christ.  As part of the instructions given to Mary, the angel said to her in Luke 1:36, “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age.”  Based upon this fact Mary cannot be directly descended from the tribe of Judah.

 

The promise God made to David however was that one of his descendents according to the flesh would rule his throne WAS fulfilled in the FLESHLY way thru Joseph, who was husband of Mary because HE was the fleshly descendent of Judah.  When John the Baptist was born, his father Zacharias prophesied concerning the imminent birth of Jesus, which would soon follow, and in his prophetic utterance he mentions the, “House of David.”

 

Luke 1:67-70 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68 " Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,

69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant-- 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old-- NASU

Zacharias’ mention of Jesus as coming from the house of David refers DIRECTLY to Joseph, husband of Mary, because Joseph is specified in scripture as a descendant of the house of David, and the tribe of Judah.  Joseph is even referred to in the common Jewish vernacular as the “son of David.”

 

Matthew 1:1, 20-21 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham… 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. NAS

 

The reason Joseph is referred to as the son of David is due to his ancestry, which is traced directly to the bloodline of king David, son of Jesse, from the tribe of Judah.  To insure that Jesus would be legally born into and thru the line of Judah, it was necessary to do so thru Joseph.  Just before the birth of Jesus, Caesar Augustus sent a decree for everyone to register their families’ names; below are excerpts from the account in Luke’s gospel:

 

Luke 2:1-7 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth…3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. NASU

 

Through Joseph the Lord Jesus was registered legally as being from the fleshly line of David, even though this was not done genetically thru Mary.  Further proof for this is found in the narrative that records what happened when Jesus was age twelve, when Joseph and Mary returned to find him, after he was found missing from their caravan; they found Jesus in the temple court teaching and asking questions:

 

Luke 2:48-51 When they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us this way?  Behold, your father {Joseph} and I have been anxiously looking for you." 49 And he said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for me?  Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?"  50 But they did not understand the statement, which he had made to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he continued in subjection to them; and his mother treasured all these things in her heart. NASU

 

When Mary rebukes Jesus in Luke 2:48 (above) she says to him, “your father {Joseph} and I have been anxiously looking for you.”  This shows the relationship that existed between Jesus as a boy and Joseph, who was acting as and considered by all to be the father of Jesus (even though God was the true Father of the child, because God was the One that conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb).  The last and final proof that Jesus was descended from the tribe of Judah and as the descendent of king David is found in excerpts from the genealogy of Christ below:

 

Luke 3:23, 32-33 When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli… the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah.   NASU

 

Jesus had to come from the bloodline of Jesse, father of David, and Jesse was a descendent of the tribe of Judah.  Since Joseph was registered as from the house of David and since Jesus was the, “supposed the son of Joseph,” this put him in the correct genealogy to ascend to David’s throne.  The only problem was that Jesus did not ascend to David’s throne until AFTER he was resurrected from the dead, as is plainly stated in Acts chapter 13.

 

Acts 13:22-23, 28-39 "And after He {God} had removed him {king Saul}, He raised up David to be their {Israel’s} king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.' 23  From the offspring of this man {David}, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus… 28 And though they {the Jews} found no ground for putting Him {Jesus} to death, they asked Pilate that He be executed. 29 And when they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. 30  But God raised Him from the dead 32 And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm,' Thou art My Son; TODAY I have begotten Thee.' 34  And as for the fact that He {God} raised Him {Jesus} up from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.' 35 "Therefore He also says in another Psalm, 'Thou wilt not allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay.' 36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers, and underwent decay; 37 but He whom God raised did not undergo decay. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you…”    NAS

 

The passage above specifies that God fulfilled His promise to king David concerning his (David’s) descendent when He {God} raised up Jesus from the dead.  At the same time, God also says of Jesus at the resurrection, “Thou art My son, TODAY I have BEGOTTEN, thee.”  As Paul summarizes in what he says in Acts 13:38, because of the resurrection, when He had “begotten” Jesus, the atonement for sin was complete and from then on through Jesus Christ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed.

 

Something happened at that moment of Jesus’ resurrection that the scripture describes as the birthing of an indestructible body.  A capacity to spiritually beget other sons and daughters in the spirit was given to Jesus by God at the resurrection.  Jesus did not exercise this life-giving capacity until AFTER he had ascended to his position of glory at the Father’s right hand.

 

In Hebrews 5:5 Jesus was, “appointed,” as High Priest at the resurrection, but his role as the active agent and mediator between God and man occurred when Jesus was “exalted.”  Read the text below slowly and deliberately, and you will see Jesus was, “begotten,” by God at the resurrection, and this also initiated his role as, “High Priest,” to Israel and all mankind, being given a priesthood that resembles that of Melchizedek, whose FLESHLY ancestry was untraceable, but whose priesthood remains untransferable and permanent.

 

Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, "you are my son, today I have begotten you"? And again, " I will be a Father to him and he shall be a son to me"? NASU

 

Hebrews 1:5 is a verse is set in a context that specifies Jesus was not “begotten” by God until AFTER Christ had made purification for sins.  Also note that “will be” and “shall be” are both future tense, meaning after Jesus had made purification for sins, he would then be “begotten” by his Father God.

 

Hebrews 5:5-10 So too Christ (the Messiah) did not exalt Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed and exalted by Him Who said to him, “You are My Son; TODAY I have BEGOTTEN You; 6 as He says also in another place, “You are a Priest appointed forever after the order & with the rank of Melchizedek. 7 In the days of his flesh Jesus offered up definite, special petitions for that which he not only wanted but needed and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him {the Father, God} Who was always able to save him out from death, and he was heard because of his reverence toward God; that is his godly fear, his piety, in that he shrank from the horrors of separation from the bright presence of the Father.  8 Although he was a Son, he learned active obedience through what he suffered; 9 and his completed experience making him perfect he became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey him, 10 being designated and recognized and saluted by God as High Priest after the order & with the rank of Melchizedek. [Psalms 2:7; Psalms 110:4; Isaiah 45:17]  AMP

 

Hebrews 7:1-3, 6, 11-19 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all the spoil.  He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, ‘king of righteousness,’ and then he is also, ‘king of Salem,’ which means, ‘king of peace.’  3 Without record of father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption and without successor… 7:6 this person who has not their Levitical ancestry received tithes from Abraham himself and blessed him who possessed the promises of God…7:11 Now if perfection, a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper, had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood--for under it the people were given the Law--why was it further necessary that there should arise another and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron?  12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is of necessity an alteration of the law concerning the priesthood as well.  13 For the one of whom these things are said did not belong to the priestly line but to another tribe, no member of which has officiated at the altar.  14 For it is obvious that our Lord sprang from the tribe of Judah, and Moses mentioned nothing about priests in connection with that tribe.  15 And this becomes more plainly evident when another Priest arises who bears the likeness of Melchizedek, [Psalms 110:4.]  16 Who has been constituted a Priest, not on the basis of a bodily legal requirement an externally imposed command concerning His physical ancestry, but on the basis of the power of an endless and indestructible Life.  17 For it is witnessed of Him, “You are a Priest forever after the order & with the rank) of Melchizedek.”  [Psalms 110:4.]  18 So a previous physical regulation and command is cancelled because of its weakness and ineffectiveness and uselessness--19 For the Law never made anything perfect--but instead a better hope is introduced through which we now come close to God.  AMP

 

There can be no mistake whatsoever what constituted a Priest was accomplished, not on the basis of a bodily legal requirement, (concerning his physical ancestry), but on the basis of the power of an endless and indestructible Life at the resurrection.  Jesus was made a high priest, being appointed and exalted by God, the Father, Who at the SAME TIME said to Jesus, “You are My Son; TODAY I have BEGOTTEN You.” 

 

This cannot refer to Jesus’ birth because Jesus had to “learn obedience” from the “things he suffered” and having been “made perfect” thru suffering he became the FIRSTBORN of many brethren (at the resurrection), being designated a High Priest AND as the firstborn of the spirits of righteous men who were subsequently “made perfect” by his sacrifice.

 

 Romans 8:29-30 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.  (NIV)

 

Hebrews 12:22-24 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant.  (NIV)

 

Recall earlier I mentioned the definition of the Greek word monogenoús translated as “only begotten” son of God and how this word is derived from two words; mónos meaning sole, only one, one, single and génous, (NT: 1085), meaning kind, kindred, to become, offspring, posterity.  Jesus was to be the sole offspring and the only unique posterity of the Father, because the Father begets after HIS own kind, just as we beget after our own kind.

 

An interesting note is the root word mónos from whence monogenoús is derived comes from a root meno (NT: 3306) meaning to remain, to stay, to abide, to continue; when used figuratively (or in any use outside its normal applications) meno can mean to not to depart, not to leave, to continue to be present; to continue to be, i. e. not to perish, to last, to endure: used of persons, to survive, to live.  Thru this list of definitions you can readily see applications to the resurrection of Jesus. 

 

Adam was the first and only man whose physical body was created from the dust of the earth and because of his sin, all human kind in Adam was sown a perishable seed (or offspring).  However in Jesus, the last Adam, is sown an imperishable seed in the hearts of those that believe in, trust, and rely upon God, even the Father THROUGH Christ as Mediator. 

 

Through the atonement provided by one man’s sacrifice for sin, God justified all men He raised Jesus up from out of the dead.  By virtue of this resurrection the Father imparted to Jesus a new kind of birth, saying to him, “You are my son, TODAY I have begotten you.”  In this way Jesus became the FIRSTBORN out from among the dead, and he also became the FIRSTBORN of MANY brothers that would be born-from above by God the Father thru him {Jesus, the life-giving spirit; 1 Corinthians 15:45).

 

God the Father, who alone possesses immortality, gave Jesus Christ the capacity to impart eternal life to others.  Jesus became like a seed planted by the farmer into the decomposing ground of humanity; like a germinating seed that goes into the soil and dies so that it can bear fruit, Jesus grew into a fruit-bearing vine. Jesus is now the life-giving spirit thru whom we become the spiritual fruit of the Vine (John 12:24ff).

 

The resurrection is the central theme in 1 Corinthians 15:45 as the apostle Paul writes about Jesus as the last Adam who became a “life-giving spirit” which aptly describe sin his spiritual and heavenly glorified existence together with God the Father.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20-24 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…20 But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead, and he BECAME the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death.  21 For since it was through a man that death came into the world, it is also through a Man that the resurrection of the dead has come.  22 For just as in Adam all people die, so also shall all in Christ be made alive.  23 But each in his own rank and turn: Christ is the firstfruits, then those who are Christ's own will be resurrected at his coming.  24 After that comes the end (the completion), when he {Jesus the man} delivers over the kingdom to God the Father after rendering inoperative and abolishing every other rule and every authority and power. NAS + AMP + {insertions mine}

 

I included 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20-24 to demonstrate how NT scriptures include the term “firstfruits” to describe the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is a departure from words like, “firstborn” or “only begotten” but depicts the transformation of Jesus from his physical existence (in a body of flesh and blood) to his glorified existence (in a celestial, spiritual body.  Paul uses “firstfruits” instead of “firstborn” in the context of 1 Corinthians chapter 15 because firstfruit best explains the spiritual process involved and how the transformation from earthly toward celestial.

 

Firstfruits is an agricultural term whereas “firstborn” is descriptive of Jesus’ rank and position of importance in the family and kingdom of God.  Firstfruits typify the cycle of life using crop growing and the germination process to illustrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Firstfruits are the earliest mature fruit or produce; as the first matured and collected in any season, it is indicative of the harvest to follow.

 

Before any crop can be harvested the grain is planted and the process of germination takes place, given the conditions are favorable.  Germination is the act of sprouting; it is the first beginning of vegetation in a seed or plant.  It refers to the time in which seeds vegetate, after being planted or sown.  Jesus began his existence as a ‘seed’ generated by the Father in the womb of a virgin.

 

Throughout his first 33-½ years of life, Jesus matured by growing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with his fellow man (Luke 2:52).  The first seed was planted by an act of God inside Mary.  Now, as his messianic ministry came to its completion, Jesus recognized it was time for him, as a fully ripened (fully matured human) grain of wheat, to be planted as an act of obedience TO God.

 

John 12:23-24 And Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted.  24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just one grain; it never becomes more but lives by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.  25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.  26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also; if anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.  27 Now my soul is troubled and distressed, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour of trial and agony?’  But it was for this very purpose that I have come to this hour that I might undergo it.  28 Rather, I will say, ‘Father, glorify honor and extol Your own name!’  Then there came a voice out of heaven saying, “I have already glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”  29 The crowd of bystanders heard the sound and said that it had thundered; others said, “An angel has spoken to him!”  30 Jesus answered, “This voice has not come for my sake, but for your sake.  31 Now the judgment (crisis) of this world is coming on; sentence is now being passed on this world.  Now the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world shall be cast out (expelled).  32 And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth on the cross, will draw and attract all men Gentiles as well as Jews to myself.”  33 He said this to signify in what manner he would die.   (John 12:23-24, 27-33 = Amplified Bible) (John 12:25-26 = New American Standard Updated Bible)

 

The first time God sowed seed Mary gave birth to a man child; the second time God planted the willing and obedient seed of His own son Jesus, it was into the hot (hostile) soil of humanity, where the grain of wheat (Jesus) would die, be buried in the earth (i.e. tomb), and after three days and nights, God would begin the spiritual germination process by raising him from the dead.

 

The firstfruit is the very first crop harvested because it is the first to come to full maturity.   The firstfruit is used to describe the resurrection of Jesus Christ just as “firstborn” is used to describe the resurrection of Jesus elsewhere.  Here in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 firstfruits is a fitting type because the emphasis is upon different types of bodies, comparing the earthly with the celestial.

 

Jesus BECAME the firstfruits of God’s spiritual harvest because he was the first MAN to come to full spiritual maturity.  As such he has become to all those who follow him the pattern (dead to self but alive to God).  Paul says Jesus BECAME the firstfruits WHEN he was raised from death and then those who are Christ's own will be resurrected at His coming.  This statement is not a dispensational discourse about the Rapture, as many Christian teachers claim. 

 

This “coming” in 1 Corinthians 15:23 is not the proverbial “second coming” currently espoused throughout Christendom, but rather it is describing the past event when Christ came to those held captive in their present state of existence in the realm of the spirit known then as Sheol.  A parallel to this “coming” of Christ to set the captives in Sheol free is found in 1 Peter 3:18-22 and again in Colossians 2:12-15.

 

1 Peter 3:18-22 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.  21 And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience-- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.  NAS

 

Colossians 2:12-15 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. NASU

 

Firstfruits refer to agriculture and here it is used as figurative for those whose eternal redemption would came as a spiritual harvest for God, with Jesus becoming the “firstfruits” of the church.  This of course describes those first people redeemed from the curse of the Law, which is sin.  It was through a man (Adam) that sin’s consequence (i.e. death) came into the world.  For this reason God ordained that it would also be through a Man (Jesus) that the resurrection of the dead has come.  For just as in Adam all people die, so also shall all in Christ be made alive.

 

Ephesians 1:18-22 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.  NASU

 

Jesus spent 3 days and nights in the heart of the earth, (a Hebraism for Sheol but not lower Sheol; or in Greek, Hades); there he preached to those people that were literally “once disobedient” in the days of Noah who were without a covenant and without having the promise of resurrection available to them thru covenant promises.  At the end of the three days, Jesus led a host of captives into the glorious freedom, which meant he liberated all the OT believers.  These are the people mentioned in this “coming” in 1 Corinthians 15:23 that were waiting for his “coming” (Greek = parousía i.e. presence, or coming) to deliver them from Sheol.

 

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 40, 42-58 But someone will say, “How can the dead be raised?  With what [kind of] body will they come forth?”  36 You foolish man!  Every time you plant seed, you sow something that does not come to life germinating, springing up, and growing unless it dies first.  37 Nor is the seed you sow then the body, which it is going to have later, but it is a naked kernel, perhaps of wheat or some of the rest of the grains.  38 But God gives to it the body that He plans and sees fit, and to each kind of seed a body of its own… 40 There are heavenly bodies (sun, moon, and stars) and there are earthly bodies (men, animals, and plants), but the beauty and glory of the heavenly bodies is of one kind, while the beauty and glory of earthly bodies is a different kind… 42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead.   The body that is sown is perishable and decays, but the body that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). 43 It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power.  44 It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body.  As surely as there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.  45 Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit restoring the dead to life. 46 But it is not the spiritual life, which came first, but the physical and then the spiritual.  47 The first man was from out of earth, made of dust (earthly-minded); the second MAN is the Lord from out of heaven. 48 Now those who are made of the dust are like him who was first made of the dust (earthly-minded); and as is the Man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven (heavenly-minded).  49 And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image of the Man of heaven.  50 But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot become partakers of eternal salvation and inherit or share in the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable, (that which is decaying), inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal).  51 Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God).  We shall not all fall asleep in death, but we shall all be changed (transformed) 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet call.  For a trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed). 53 For this perishable part of us must put on the imperishable nature, and this mortal part of us, this nature that is capable of dying must put on immortality, freedom from death.  54 And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, ‘Death is swallowed up; utterly vanquished forever in and unto victory. [Isaiah 25:8.]  55 O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting? [Hosea 13:14.]  56 Now sin is the sting of death, and sin exercises its power upon the soul through the abuse of the Law.  57 But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.  58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord, knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile it is never wasted or to no purpose.  AMP

 

The reason I laid forth the entire context of the last half of chapter 15 is because there is a practical application seen for our daily living.  Jesus became the life-giving spiritual body thru whom God expresses Himself in a personal relationship with us as believers.  Through his resurrection Jesus became the first begotten of many brethren, and he is now being used to beget other sons and daughters of God.  This is why we as Christians are admonished to always abound in the work of God, laboring in His strength to bear fruit by begetting others in Christ.

 

The chain of command was established in Jesus; he was the firstborn from the dead.  Then, acting as Mediator and Helper between God and man, Jesus gave spiritual birth to the church, and those that mature in Christ thru the same process of suffering and death to self, are given life by God and consequently give birth and bear fruit, both in character, and in their labors together with Jesus yielding disciples in his name, character and authority… then the process repeats itself by men’s choice to obey.

 

John 12:23-25ff And Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted.  24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains (meno) just one grain; it never becomes more but lives by itself alone.  But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.  25 Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. (Read verses 26-34)

 

Begotten By God Is A Spiritual Birth Not A Fleshly Birth

 

John 1:18 is the only other scripture verse in the New Testament that mentions Jesus as the “only begotten” but in this text, Jesus is said to reside in the “bosom of the Father” as the “only begotten magistrate (ho theos).”  I will explain this translation later.

 

John 1:1-18 is what is known in any discourse, prose, or poetry as a prologue.  John’s gospel account begins with a prologue about the messianic nature and role and fulfillment of Jesus as the Christ to Israel and to the New Testament believer.  A prologue is actually a word translated from the Latin version of the Greek word (logos) for discourse.  It is the preface or introduction to a discourse, or performance, chiefly the discourse or poem spoken before a dramatic performance or play begins. 

 

A prologue is given in John 1:1-18 to introduce his gospel account with a sort of formal preface that was familiar to Jews of that era and he uses words and phrases to convey concepts familiar to them in a messianic context.

 

John’s style of writing is very Hebraistic in the first chapter; that is, he follows the trend of Jewish writers who often present the introductory narrative twice; what this means is that the first rendition (i.e. the prologue) is typically symbolic but maintains literal qualities in an exegetical (pragmatic) sense.  The second narrative is minus the descriptive prologue and gives more basic factual evidence surrounding the people and events written about.  To give you an idea of what this means and how it is done, below is part of John’s prologue and he mentions John the Baptist for the first account:

 

John 1:6-11 There came a man sent on a mission from God; his name was John. 7 This one came for the purpose of giving a testimony, intending to testify all over concerning the light, so that all might believe through him.  8 He (John) was not the light, but on the contrary, to testify with regard to the light.  9 The light that is true and genuine IS presently coming into every man {to} spiritually enlighten, and imbue with saving knowledge.  10 He (the light) was {here} in the world and {it was} thru him the world came into {spiritual enlightenment} but the world did not recognize (or become acquainted with) him.  11 He came to his own, and those who are his own did not associate with him. TAT

 

So far this prologue has alluded to John the Baptist’s testimony concerning Messiah and how Jesus’ testimony to, “his own,” Jewish people was rejected.  What stands out to me and perhaps other scholars that study Greek verbs and prepositions is the use of tenses in John chapter one.  The verbs represent past action that continues in a linear application to the present.

 

At first this threw me for a loop as seen in John 1: 9, “The light that is true and genuine IS presently coming into every man {to} spiritually enlighten, and imbue with saving knowledge.”  The verbs here represent action taking place as the apostle John records his account of the gospel, which means his prologue is not so much directed at what Jesus did in the past, (when he was ministering to people during his 3 ½ year ministry), but what Jesus is doing NOW (presently as John was writing). 

 

If viewed in the present tense the next seven verses from John 1:12 thru John 1:18 are applicable to that moment and continue to this present moment.  To interpret John 1:18 in light of the verb tense of the surrounding context demands the reader to look at what is happening before and after verse 14.

 

John 1:12-18 Yet as many make him their own, to them he gives the right to become children of God, even to those who are believing in his name, 13 who were (past tense) begotten (gennao), not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 So then it came about that the experiential knowledge {of him} was expressed in {our} human flesh, pitching a tent in us, and we give careful, deliberate consideration to interpret the vision of his glory, a glory as of an only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  15 John was testifying all over about him and cried saying, "This is he of whom I said, 'He who is coming after me has come to be in front of me, for his rank is higher than mine.'" 16 For of that which filled him we all {have} obtained and grace for grace.  17 For the Law through Moses was given; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only begotten (hoos monogenoús) Magistrate, Ruler, & Judge (Theos) who IS (presently) in the bosom of the Father, he unfolds Him. TAT

 

John 1:12b-13a says, “…to those who are believing in his name, who were begotten (gennao).  This wording speaks of the believers presently (as John writes) who were in past time (probably at Pentecost) born of the will of God, meaning a spiritual birth.  This sets the tone for the remainder of the prologue of John 1:12-18.

 

John 1:18 speaks of Jesus as, “the only begotten,” who IS IN the bosom of the Father.  This takes the prologue narrative out of the past and into the present when John is writing.  In effect John is saying this: Jesus the man, the son of God was “begotten” by the Father at the resurrection and is presently glorified and residing IN the His bosom. In this unique position Jesus is presently tabernacled among and in us (the church) revealing the meaning of the glory he shares because he is perfectly united as “one” in his relationship with God.

 

All that we know about God the Father therefore is seen and expressed in and thru His son Jesus who resides where His (the Father’s) heart is.  That takes me to the last section of scripture, whereby our part as believers that participate in the birthing process kicks in.  We began looking at John 3:16-18 and we ended this study looking at John 1:18 and; it seems fitting for the apostle John’s close friendship with Jesus to help conclude it.

 

Below are John’s epistles and I end this study by allowing you to read thru the portions I have pasted into the body of text, and highlighted and italicized key words for your reflection.  Two key themes are in focus regarding those who are, “born,” of the spirit of God thru Jesus Christ; first, they walk in the truth and righteousness of God’s will, and second, they manifest His love to the brethren.  Except each of these requirements is fulfilled, one cannot say he or she is being, “born,” or, “begotten,” of God.  SELAH

 

1 John 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. NAS

 

1 John 3:9-10 No one born (begotten) of God deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practices sin, for God's seed (spérma) remains permanently within him; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God. 10 By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness; who does not conform to God's will in purpose, thought, and action is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow believer in Christ). AMP

 

1 John 4:7-5:21 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9  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. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.  13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  16 We have come to know and have believed the love, which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us.  20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. 1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.  3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. 5 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is the One who came by water (BIRTH)  and blood (DEATH), Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.  It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. NASU

 

1 John 4:9-10 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. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. NAS

 

Galatians 4:19-20 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you--20 but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. NASU

 

1 Corinthians 4:15-17 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten (gennao) you through the gospel.  16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.  17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.  NKJV

 

Philemon 10-12 I appeal to you for my child, whom I have begotten (gennao) in my imprisonment, Onesimus, 11 who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12 And I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart. NAS

 

God bless you for taking time to read this study; I pray it has deepened and enriched your relationship with God thru Jesus Christ!