Gods only Begotten Son is our topic today. To those of you that are returning, thank you and welcome back. I would like to thank you for sharing this site with people you know. We have been on a steady increase of visitors. Again, thank you so much.
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On my quest to find the truth about God, I chose to use the bible to find the answers to my questions. The more I read it, the more a picture began to emerge. It was like putting a puzzle together, I remember putting puzzles together with my mom as a child. The secret for me was the details that shaped the individual piece I was searching for and how it connected to the next piece. Slowly, piece by piece, a picture began to appear. In reading the bible for decades, the same thing happened. Now that I am adding the remnant pieces to the picture that I see from the scriptures, I want share it with you. I am not asking you to believe it, just look at it from a different perspective. It may not make sense at first, because I have to start at the end of my quest and work back to where we are today in time.
Enjoy, as we explore deeply into exactly what or who is …
Gods Only Begotten Son!
Now back to the Genesis. To recap some things from my previous blogs: God was alone and had decided to become a creator. He had also decided to rule His kingdom by means of unselfish love. 1 John 4:8, “God is love.”
The bible does not indicate how long God was alone, but what we can reason is that God, while He was alone, had already seen what was going to happen in the future by his choice of unselfish love. Hebrews 4:13 says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” He knew when He was alone, what would be happening in our day, yet He still chose to rule by unselfish love! Why? Because, if He did not, then all beings would have been forced to love and obey Him. The problem is, you cannot force others to love you … they must love you by choice.
In the last post, we read in the bible that Jesus was the first born of all creation. Not only was he the first being created, but he is the only being that was created by God personally. Jesus is Gods only begotten son, as in, He (Jesus Christ) is the only offspring of His father, God.
Colossians 1:15-17, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, [a] 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
You do not have to be God to see things the way He would see things. After all, He is the one that gave us the ability to reason and to understand things, just like Him. God does not have physical eyes to see with and yet we read in Jeremiah 16:17, “For my eyes are upon all their ways. They have not been concealed from before me, neither has their error been hid from in front of my eyes.” Notice how God always uses items that we are familiar with to help us make the connection between our physical world and His spiritual world.
God does not have hands like us. How did he create Jesus? God has something the bible calls, Holy Spirit. This is what God uses to accomplish His will. Job 33:4 says, “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Check out some scriptures that refer to His spirit as fingers and hands. First, Psalms 8:3, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,” Next one is Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” We will use the bible, His book, to tie His story together.
God even allows His spirit to be used by those He chooses. One time the Pharisees and Sadducees accused Jesus of expelling demons by means of Satan and he replied at Matthew 12:27-28 ,“27 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.”
One more, then back to the story. At his baptism, Jesus came out of the water, and in the last part of Matthew 3:16 it says, “He saw descending like a dove God’s spirit coming down upon him.” (NWT).
Please forgive my copious explanation of the next topic, if it is not new to you. If Jesus was the first born of all creation, why is it he was never mentioned by name in the Old Testament? Or was he? Before he was named Jesus Christ, he had other names, because he existed before his life here on earth. In John 8:23, Jesus, in speaking to the Pharisees said this:“You are from the realms below; I am from the realms above. You are from this world; I am not from this world.” As his life on earth was nearing its end, he was saying a prayer to God and said this at John 17:4-5, “I have glorified you on earth, having finished the work you have given me to do. So now you, Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was.” (NWT)
Jesus is asking God to restore him to a position of glory that he had prior to the creation of the earth. Jesus was sent to earth on a mission. I’ll get into what that mission was later in this story. I cannot put the cart before the horse, that is why I must clarify the names of Jesus and God now. I had one visitor ask me this past week if God had a name. I’ll be answering that question after we find out Jesus’s other names.
I’ll start with the name ‘Jesus’. He was a Hebrew, so we need to look for the Hebrew definition of Jesus. Wikipedia starts us off.
Origin. Word/name. … The proper name Jesus /ˈdʒiːzəs/ used in the English language originates from the Latin form of the Greek name Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), a rendition of the Hebrew Yeshua (ישוע), also having the variants Joshua or Jeshua. In a religious context, the name refers to Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.
Let us find the meaning for the Hebrew word Joshua that is later translated as Jesus. Back to Wikipedia. The English name “Joshua” is a rendering of the Hebrew language “Yehoshua”, meaning “Yahweh is salvation”. “The word Jesus means: Yahweh is salvation.” Please remember Yahweh, because we will be returning to it later.
Now that we know the meaning of Jesus, let us move on to meaning of the word ‘Christ’. For that we will go to www.gotquestions.com.
To the surprise of some, “Christ” is not Jesus’s last name (surname). “Christ” comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “anointed one” or “chosen one.” This is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Mashiach, or “Messiah.” “Jesus” is the Lord’s human name given to Mary by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:31).
Christ is a title … not a name. I want to read Daniel 9:25 because it is relevant to who Jesus is at the beginning of time when God created him. It says, “Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.”
Notice it says, ‘the coming of the anointed one, a prince. Remember, Christos or Christ means anointed one. Is a prince ever mentioned in the Old Testament? Daniel 12:1 states, “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.”
Let us dig deeper and see if we can find out more information on who Michael is. I found this at: https://www.behindthename.com/name/michael
From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha’el) meaning “who is like God?”. This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible.
I must disagree that it is a rhetorical question. Let us use some reason here. If the meaning of Michael is ‘who is like God?’, then maybe finding the clue warrants asking ourselves ‘who is like God?’ I related this earlier, but I want to repeat it now, Colossians 1:15-17, 15 “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
Christ is a title meaning ‘anointed one’, ‘the visible image of the invisible God.’ Who is like God? The Christ or the anointed one mentioned in Daniel 9:25, the anointed one, a prince. Someone that had been with God before anything else had been created. His name, Michael, and the bible describes him as an archangel. Almost all Christian religions teach that Jesus and Michael are different beings and that is their right to do so, but the two of them have so much in common that it is hard not see that they are one and the same being. I will explain later why Christian religions hold on to this teaching.
Well, my time is up for this week. I will start off next week beginning right here where I stopped. I did briefly mention God’s name this week, it was in a definition of the word Joshua meaning, “Yahweh is salvation”. I tried to get to it this week, but there is so much information that must come before I get into God’s personal name. I hope you enjoyed this explanation of Gods only begotten son, and I also hope you will return next week for the meaning of Gods’ name.
Oh – and please, join a good friend and me, as we discuss and debate questions about God and the bible – questions just like, “Is God Real?”, “Is there a Hell?” … and many others that are rarely spoken of in church, but on the hearts and minds of many people nowadays. Tune into our YouTube channel, at God’s on Trial!