John 3:12 to 18, The Son of Man and the Only Begotten Son.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

"John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

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Jesus Speaks in Puzzles

Jesus Christ is speaking to Nicodemus. "John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" We saw half of this verse on the previous day. Nicodemus did not believe even the earthly things. So, Jesus asked Nicodemus, how could he believe heavenly things. Then, Jesus talked to him in a puzzle, Nicodemus could not understand. "13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." Jesus was telling him that he came down from heaven, he is the only one who can ascend to heaven and he will be seated in heaven. Jesus referred himself as the Son of Man. Nicodemus did not have a clue. Probably, Jesus was telling these for our sake.

Jesus Christ has come two times for Salvation

Before I go to the next verse, I have to explain something. Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" We have to know that the judgment of God is to give the rewards according to our works, hell or heaven. But it will not be trial of our case. Many preachers make it a trial scene, bring Satan as the prosecutor and Jesus as the defense attorney, with God the Father as the judge. There is a lot of stupidity and garbage. After death, God will either reward or punish, that is it. Salvation happens when we are yet living, but not after we die. Verse 28, please listen to this verse carefully, it says, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Salvation will not happen after death, it will be only judgment. So, it has to be before death. One time Jesus came as a man and died for the sins of the world. Second time, the resurrected Jesus Christ has come and he is here already. But, he will appear to only those who look for him and he will remove their sins, that is to give salvation without sins. So, look for him to obtain this salvation. If not, you will miss it. Acts 3:26 says, "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." So, the second time he comes to turn every one of us away from our sins and iniquities. Without this knowledge, Christians make ridiculous mistakes, and think that they are smart. In our lesson John 3, verses 14&15 is about his first coming; and verses 16-18 he comes the second time; it is the resurrected Jesus Christ; and he is the begotten Son. He has already come. If we are looking for him, he will appear to us, and he will save us from our sins. Are you looking for him? If not look for him, then he will appear to you. You will see him in his manifestations, and you will be saved from your iniquities and sins.

The Son of Man, John 3:14 & 15.

John 3:14 says, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:" As I said, Jesus loved to talk in puzzles, or in parables, so that others may not fully understand what he says. In the hindsight we know that he was talking about his death on the cross. He was telling Nicodemus that he will be ascending to heaven through his death on the cross, in a figure of speech. How could Nicodemus know? The reference is in the old testament. Numbers 21:7-9. People of Israel have sinned; God sent fiery serpents on them; they cried out to Moses; and Moses prayed for the people. God told Moses to make a serpent and set it upon a pole. Moses set up a brass serpent on the pole. If a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. John 3:14 says, "even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (that is, Jesus on the cross) 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." In the figure of speech, Jesus was telling Nicodemus, that they will kill him on the cross and who ever "believe in him", will have eternal life. Over there, those look upon the brass serpent will live, here, those who 'believe in him' will be saved. It seems that every Christian have eternal life by using this verse, because we all 'believe in him'. Anyhow, what is to 'believe in him'? It is not to believe, what the preachers say that Jesus Christ will do. It is to 'believe in preachers'; but not in him. To 'believe in him' is, to believe that he will do what he tells us that he will do. Jesus Christ tells us in the scripture, what we must do for our salvation. If we believe them, we will do them. This is 'believe in Jesus'. If we do, we will have eternal life.

Begotten Son Jesus Christ, John 3:16.

Verse 16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Very famous preachers have declared that on this verse, God the Father has given Jesus Christ on the cross as a sacrifice, because he loved the world so much. It is nothing but ignorance and pride. So many people were fooled because of that. We also think that this verse is the repetition of verses 14&15, referring to his death on the cross. But it is not a repetition. The verse says that "he gave his only begotten Son." Who is this begotten son? If a son is born, the mother delivered the son and the father begot the son. Ignorant theologians say that God is the father and the virgin is the mother of baby Jesus. If it is true, the virgin had lost her virginity and Jesus was never born of a virgin. But, Jesus was still virgin born. If so, God is not the father of baby Jesus. Hebrew 10:5 says, "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, ... a body hast thou prepared me:" God created a body in the womb of the virgin, the soul of Jesus entered the body, and Jesus was born. So, Jesus was not the begotten Son of God, and God was the creator, but not his father, in his birth.

Then, when did he became his begotten Son? God raised Jesus from the dead. At this time, God declared a decree saying that Jesus is his begotten Son. God did not give birth to a Son, but God declared him as begotten Son. Second Psalm prophesied this. Book of Acts explains the fulfillment of the prophecy. "Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." That is, in the day of resurrection or ascension; on that day God the Father declared him as his begotten Son. Acts 13 says, "32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." That is, by resurrecting him from death, Jesus entered or born into heaven, as a son being birthed to God. So, God declared that "this day I have begotten thee." So, Jesus is the begotten Son of God. He entered in the omnipotent Spirit body of God, with all power given to him. He is no longer a man, even though he keeps the image of man in him in some kind of way. Now, nobody can see him and live, because he is God. There are more verses that say that Jesus Christ is the begotten Son by resurrection. A few of them are, Hebrew 1:5, Revelation 1:5, and Romans 1:4. He is made Lord and Christ, he is back in the world to save those who are looking for him.

Begotten Son Christ turns Us from Our Sins

Verse 17 says, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." God sent the resurrected Jesus Christ, who is now the begotten Son, to save his people from their iniquities and sins. Acts 3:26 says, ".. first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." That is what Jesus Christ is doing now, even though Christians do not recognize it. "18 says, He that believeth on him is not condemned: ..." We saw that believe on him is not to believe preachers, but to believe his preaching. One more thing. "But he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." So, we have to believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God also. God is so particular that we must know how the name came into existence. It came not by birth, but by declaration. Churches never will teach it. Why is this so important?

Only Begotten Son became First Begotten Son 

Let us see Hebrews 1. "5 ... Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (see, this is by declaration, and it is not by birth.) 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, ..." Please notice! There are two things, 1, he is the FIRST begotten, and 2, he is in the world. God has brought his first begotten into the world, in order to turn his people away from their sins and iniquity. 1, Here God mentioned him as the first begotten, why? He was the Only Begotten, remember! The only begotten became the first begotten, because there are more begotten sons coming. "1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," Even when God was raising Jesus from the dead and declaring Jesus Christ as the begotten son, he had in mind to beget us also. This process has begun now as we live in the world. God gives commandments to people and chooses godly people, who obey him, as sons and daughters. He then adopts them and declares them as begotten sons at the end. "2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." So, if we separate ourselves from sin and the world, that is worldliness, then we will become sons and daughters of God. "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and ... we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." We will see him as he is and we will be like him. Romans 8:29 says, ".. to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." So, Jesus Christ will be the first begotten Son, and there will be many other begotten sons. How many of you, will like to become the begotten sons of God? It is possible, and it will be marvelous. Thank you.

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