ESV - 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
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The phrase "only begotten Son" occurs in John 3:16, which reads in the King James Version as, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should...
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God in the sense that he was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. He was sired by God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary [Matt 1:18]. The Holy Spirit is the creative Power of the Godhead to beget, to create, to give life. The Holy Spirit is also the spirit of Holiness and Truth. The God Family is composed of God the Father and of his Son - Jesus Christ. Before anything else existed, there was no Father and Son relationship. These two eternal beings existed all through out eternity which is One God - Elohim. The Holy Spirit on the other hand is not a person. It is the very power of the Godhead which flows from God the Father and into his Son Jesus Christ and vise versa. God said, "In the last days, I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh.."[Acts 2:17-18]. Is God pouring out another person in himself? In Rev 4:5, 5:6, God has 7 Spirits. I don't think each spirit is another person in the Godhead. In Col 2:2, the mystery of the Godhead is revealed as the Father and the Son. In the same manner, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in a person begets, making him a true son of God - a true Christian. He becomes a begotten son of God [not adopted], but he is not yet a born son of God. He is like an embryo in it's mother's womb, in a gestation period. The Holy Spirit is the seed of eternal life. But we do not have eternal life yet. Once we are born like the Lord Jesus Christ as say, when resurrection comes, then, if you are saved, you will be rewarded of this. Jesus Christ is the first born of the many creation [Col 1:15]. But it does not mean that Jesus is a created being. What this means is that God the Father is creating many sons and bring them to glory [Heb 2:9-13]. He is also the first born from the dead [1 Cor 15:20, Rev 1:5]. Meaning to say that all people who had lived and died are still dead and buried - has returned to his earth waiting for a resurrection. No one has overcome death except the Lord Jesus Christ. We Christians will follow next. Our birth will take place when he returns and he will reward us with positions in the Kingdom he is going to set up here on Earth.
John 1:1 says Jesus is the Word of God, and the word for spirit, as in Holy Spirit, is pnuema, which means breath or air. When God speaks, His Word is with Him and reflects back, born from the breath of God, born of the Spirit. When God said, "I AM", all three parts of Him were present, equally as infinite and alive as He is. When "God is salvation" was born, the Word became flesh.
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