Why Is Jesus Called The Only-Begotten Son?
Many call Jesus God and claim he is God but the bible clearly tells us we are to confess he is God’s son it does not tell us he is God. Jesus himself did not equate himself with God.
(1 John 4:14-16) 14 In addition, we ourselves have seen and are bearing witness that the Father has sent his Son as savior of the world. 15 Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is God’s Son, God remains in union with such one and he in union with God. 16 And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. . .
By not acknowledging Jesus is the son and equating him with God we are teaching something different the what the bible tells us to do. It clearly makes a distinction between the father and the son. Teaching something other then what Christ taught is going against Christ.
(1 John 2:22-24) 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. But whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, you will also remain in union with the Son and in union with the Father.
(Matthew 10:32) 32 “Everyone, then, who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father who is in the heavens. . .
The bible tells us that Jesus is the only-begotten son of the one true God. (John 3:16) (1John 4:9) We may wonder aren’t we all children of God’s? To answer that we have to consider why Jesus is the only-begotten son of Jehovah. In the next paragraph let’s consider why Jesus is the only-begotten son. Jesus had a prehuman existence he even speaks of his creation in Proverbs 8:22 . He explains that he was created as the beginning of God’s ways. In Collisions 1:15 we learn that after he was created he started working along side God in the creations process. All things were created through him. That is why in Proverbs 8:30 he is referred to as the master worker. So now we see why he is the only-begotten son. He is the only one created directly by our heavenly father. He mentioned the glory he had along side God before the world was ( John 17:5 )
Since we were created by Jesus the master worker would that put him at an even level with God? Not at all. Jesus didn’t even claim to be equal to God he stated that God was greater then he. (John 14:28 , Philippians 2:5-6 ) We have to keep in mind that Jesus was doing God’s will and it was our heavenly fathers knowledge that he used to achieve these things. The bible tells us that he does his fathers will and he only does what God has taught him. (John 5:19 ) So we are sons just as those who have faith are sons of Abraham. ( Galatians 3:7-9 ) So now we know that Jesus has existed for a very long time. When the prophecy of his birth on earth was mentioned we are told his origin is from ancient times. ( Micah 5:2 ) . Knowing Jesus has had such a long time to learn about his father shows us that no one would know God better then he. He has set many examples that would we should follow. One of them is how to approach God in prayer so we will consider that next.
Jesus Example Of How We Should Pray. When Jesus prayed he approached our heavenly father in a respectful and humble manor. He prayed to no one but the one true God. He also sanctified God’s name so we should use God’s personal name Jehovah when we pray. ( Matthew 6:9 , Psalm 83:18 ) When he was praying to his father he once stated that he had made his name known. This shows that over time; through lack of true worship people eventually quit using our heavenly fathers name and eventually forget it altogether.
There are many false gods but only one true God, so we must use his personal name to show it is him that we put our faith in. ( 1Corinthians 8:5-6 ). Does this mean we should not consider Jesus role in things. No, we are told he is the mediator so we must approach our heavenly father through him. ( Hebrews 9:15 ) So we must ask those things in Jesus name. In doing so we show our respect for his position at his fathers right hand as our heavenly king. ( Hebrews 10:12-13 ) ( John 14:14-15 ) In conclusion then we should approach our heavenly father Jehovah first using his personal name, offer our prayers and ask them through his only-begotten son Jesus Christ. If you want to learn more go to http://www.jw.org and do a search an Jesus. They have a lot of wonderful information.