"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.
Jesus was not born as begotten Son to God the Father, but God declared Jesus Christ as the begotten son at his ascension. Word of God says that God will beget many more sons as he begot Jesus Christ and will give them glory.
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1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the
only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared
him." Today, we will study a few points
from John 1:18. We divide the verse in 4 parts.
1 No man hath seen God at any time;
2 the only begotten Son,
(we know it is Jesus, but how & when he became
the begotten son, that will be the topic),
3 which is in the
bosom of the Father, (what it means to be in
the bosom of God)
4 he hath declared him (that
is, how Jesus Christ declares the Father).
In my teachings, I use Bible only, no reference books. I use KJV but no
commentary. I do not teach any
denominational or church doctrines. I do not have the gifts to tell stories and make people laugh. My teachings are not
superficial, but they are hard facts of spiritual understanding. I hope that you
have interest in such a study. I will not contradict any verse
from the bible. I will not void or reject or void any verse, unless God
upgrade the verses. Examples are: animal sacrifices, circumcision,
celebration of feasts, observing Sabbath days, etc. If you find me contradict
any scripture, please bring it to me, and I will stand
corrected. If I teach according to the scriptures, you can accept them as
"John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." Today, we will study a few points from John 1:18. We divide the verse in 4 parts. 1 No man hath seen God at any time; 2 the only begotten Son, (we know it is Jesus, but how & when he became the begotten son, that will be the topic), 3 which is in the bosom of the Father, (what it means to be in the bosom of God) 4 he hath declared him (that is, how Jesus Christ declares the Father). In my teachings, I use Bible only, no reference books. I use KJV but no commentary. I do not teach any denominational or church doctrines. I do not have the gifts to tell stories and make people laugh. My teachings are not superficial, but they are hard facts of spiritual understanding. I hope that you have interest in such a study. I will not contradict any verse from the bible. I will not void or reject or void any verse, unless God upgrade the verses. Examples are: animal sacrifices, circumcision, celebration of feasts, observing Sabbath days, etc. If you find me contradict any scripture, please bring it to me, and I will stand corrected. If I teach according to the scriptures, you can accept them as your own.
Let us begin with, the begotten Son is in the bosom of the Father and continue with No man hath seen God at any time. John 1:1 says In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. We know that the Word is the Lord Jesus Christ. He was with God even from the beginning. After the resurrection, he is again with God. He was, is, and always will be, with the Father. They are together with each other. This condition is explained here as the begotten Son is in the bosom of the Father. Let me go to the next portion that no man hath seen God at any time. It is important that we must always remember who God is. We studied that in lesson 1. God is a combination of 3 persons, or 3 souls, in one Spirit that is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. When he became a man, he taught his disciples about God, and taught them to call God the Father as their father. We will see the explanation at the end.
But, according to scriptures God the Word ceased to be God, became a man, Jesus of Nazareth, lived as man, approved of God. Then he was crucified, dead and buried. That was the end of him as a man. God raised him from death. glorified him in the Spirit, anointed him as God. So, he is God again in one almighty Spirit, omnipotent, omniscient, & omnipresent. He was a man in the flesh, that was past history. There is a difference in projecting the image of a man as God, like the Hindus and Buddhists do, and realizing that God is invisible, omnipotent Spirit, and no man can see him and live. Jesus Christ is now God and is in the Spirit, and no man can see him. But, Christians still want to hang on to the projection of the flesh man, who was crucified and died as their God, who does not exist for the last 2000+ years. They do not understand that their God is now Spirit but not flesh. Jesus Christ is not a Legend, and a dead hero, but he is God. When he was living as a man, they say he lived as God. Now he has become God, but they treat him as a legend of a man. Christians draw pictures of a man with a cross or with a robe and call him Jesus Christ. But, Jesus Christ, who is God, is a Spirit. But if, they see a man in a dream, who resemble any of these pictures or if they can visualize such a man, then they think that they saw God. John 1:18 says No man hath seen God at any time. Exodus 33:20 God said to Moses, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. God says that no man can see him. His disciples saw his image in visions, John saw his vision as the son of man, behind his angel, yet he fell down like a dead man. Apostle Paul was knocked to the ground and became blind at the sight of a light from God. But, many preachers of present days say that they see God. It is not true. They say it for self-advertisement and self-glory. Christians respect them for saying that. But God says, nobody can see God at any time.
Now let us study the only begotten Son. Every Christian know that the only begotten Son of God is Jesus Christ. But just few Christians know that when did he become Lord Jesus Christ and begotten Son. Acts 2:36 God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. God made Jesus, Lord and Christ after he was crucified. So, before his death he was just Jesus of Nazareth. He is Lord Jesus Christ only after his resurrection, but not before that. If Peter said that Jesus was Christ, the Son of God, it was by the revelation of the Father. He did not become Christ at that point.
Now, what is a begotten son? In order to beget a son there must be a father and a mother. The father provides the seed and the mother provides the egg. A child is born and grow by drinking milk and then eating meat. Then he has become a son. We say, the mother brought forth a son and the father begot a son. The key point here is, that the son has to come from the father, and it is his seed that becomes the son. We can call anybody as son, but not as begotten son.
Was Jesus begotten Son of God, when he was born of Virgin Mary? Most Christians think that he was. Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. Here, the angel said to Mary that she will give birth to a son and asked her to call him Jesus. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Verse 35 says, the Holy Ghost and Most High God, will come upon Mary to produce the baby. How did they produce the baby? Hebrews 10:5 says when he (God the Word) cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Most High God have already decided that God the Word should go to the world as a man and he wrote it in a book. So God the Word asked Most High God to prepare a body, so that he may be born as a man. So, as in Luke 1:35 the Holy Ghost and Most High God came upon Mary and they have created a body, notice this, they created a body from the egg of the Virgin Mary, so that it may be the seed of the woman, but not the seed of God or of any man. The seed of a man will be complete with body and soul. But, God the Word want only a body, without a soul for him to be in. By doing so the prophesy in Genesis 3:15 that God spoke also will be fulfilled in Jesus being the seed of the woman, a virgin. A seed of the woman was created. God created Adam from the dust of the earth. God created Eve from the rib of Adam, God created a body for Jesus from the womb of Virgin Mary. Jesus was called last Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:45. So, there will be no more such special creations. Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, (he is God the Word) thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (he did not consider it to be a privilege to continue as God and he want to be ceased from being God) 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (That is, when God became a man, he was just an ordinary man without holding any privilege of God in him). That is, the soul of God the Word has left the Omni-Power body of God, came out from being God, and nested in the body that is made in the womb of the Virgin Mary. So, he has become a baby boy or we may say that the Spirit God became flesh man. He is born as John 1:14 the Word was made flesh. So, Jesus of Nazareth was not the begotten son of God at his birth. He was a Son of Man. Jesus is referred as the Son of Man more than eighty times in the Bible. He became the Begotten Son of God, after his resurrection, by the declaration of God.
But, John 1:18 refers him as the only begotten Son of the Father. John 3:16 says that Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son. 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. So, it is evident that Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son. Let us study this important lesson. Psalms 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. According to this, God declares that he has begotten his Son. God declared, appointed, announced, affirmed or adopted as Son, but not by birth. Without knowing scriptures, preachers teach errors. The verse says, thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. What was the day? Acts 13:32 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. Here, the promises in verse 32 refers to the promise in Psalm 2:7, about the begotten son. Verse 33 says that the person is Jesus with Psalm 2 reference. The day was when he hath raised up Jesus again from death. So, on resurrection day, God declared that he has begotten him. The Holy Ghost raised him from death, God the Father declared him as begotten son. So, Jesus Christ became the begotten son on his resurrection day by declaration. So, resurrected Jesus Christ is the begotten son of God. And Jesus of Nazareth was the son of man or the son of virgin Mary. God called the Man Jesus as his beloved Son, but it is not as his begotten Son.
Let us look at a few more scriptures about the begotten son. Revelation 1:5 Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead. That is, he was begotten from the dead. Not only that, he is the first begotten, so there will be second, third and many more. Colossians 1:18 he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: So, Jesus Christ was declared as the Begotten Son of God on his resurrection day, that is the day we celebrate as Easter. Hebrew 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? So God the Father also declared himself to be God the Father on the same day. Since God emphasizes this day, it has to be an important day. This Easter day is not only the resurrection day, but also it is the declared birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Most High declared himself to be God the Father on that day.
God the Father sent him back to the
world to save his people from their sins according to
John 3:16, Acts
3:26, 1 John 4:9, and Matthew 28:18&20.
it became him, for whom
are all things, and by
whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory,
That is, Jesus Christ will bring us to
his kingdom as sons to God the Father. So, he will declare God as our
Father, if we obey his truth by grace,
his commandments by the power of the Spirit.
For if ye
live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
For as many as are
led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
verse 13 says
how the spirit leads and
verse 14 says
if you are led of the spirit, you are the son of God. Both verses are linked
together. If you are led of the
Spirit to mortify the deeds of the
we will be his sons. If we are dead to sin,
we will be raised as his sons/daughters
a/c to Romans 6:2-5, 22, and 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
Of his own will begat he us
with the word of truth.
me stop with this verse. See what God the Father does.
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,
To an inheritance
incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven
that you all want to become begotten sons of God.
God Bless You