Q: Was Jesus Created, If He Is Called The “Only Begotten Son”?

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Q: Was Jesus Created, If He Is Called The “Only Begotten Son”?

The term “only begotten Son” appears multiple times in scripture and on the surface it looks as if Jesus was actually created by God the Father. Let’s take a quick look at this phrase to see what scripture reveals about it, as well as what it would have meant to the original hearers.

Begotten

The phrase “only begotten” comes from the Greek word “monogenes [μονογενής]. This word is variously translated into English as “only,” “one and only,” and “only begotten.” The word “monogenes” refers to a one-of-a-kind, so to speak, mono –one, and genes – kind. The word is more closely related to uniqueness than being created.

Passages the word is used:

John 1:14, John 1:18, John 3:16, John3:18, Hebrews 11:17, 1 John 4:9

The scriptures do not use the word begotten in a…

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