Jesus Christ – The Only-Begotten Son of God

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Jesus the good shepherd

Jehovah God and Jesus Christ have a very special bond – even a unique relationship. Long before he was born to the Jewish virgin, Mary, Jesus had been born as a spirit and Jehovah was his Father. 

Although it is humanly incomprehensible the Almighty, Jehovah, was alone for an eternity. But when God became a Creator his very first creation was the spirit creature that eventually became the man, Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus is called “the firstborn of all creation” and “the beginning of the creation by God.” (Colossians 1:15 and Revelation 3:14) 

God made the first spirit in his exact likeness and representation. (Hebrews 1:3) As a demonstration of his great love and unselfishness Jehovah God then willed that his firstborn son should share in the joy of the creation of all else. So it is, that, the Scriptures reveal that it was by means of his firstborn son Jehovah created all other things in the heavens and on earth. That is why we read in Genesis concerning the creation of Adam and Eve that God spoke to an unnamed entity saying: ‘Let us make man in our image and our likeness.’ 

God’s firstborn son has the unique privilege of being the only creature that God directly created. All other creation including the mighty angels, were created through Jesus, or through the Word, as he was titled in his prehuman existence. This is why Jesus referred to himself as the only-begotten Son of God. He was the only son that Jehovah fathered directly. All other sons were begotten through the agency of the firstborn. 

(In the Bible the word that is translated as “only-begotten” (monogenes) was also used in connection with earthly children to mean that they were the only child of a parent, being without siblings. In the case of Jesus, only-begotton similarly means that he is a one-of-a-kind and has a unique relationship with Jehovah.)

Because of his close relationship with his Father, Jesus knows Jehovah as no one else does. That is why Jesus said no one knows the Father but the Son. It is Jesus’ purpose to reveal and explain the Father to those who are so favored. 

IS JESUS GOD?

From the beginning of the Watchtower Society the Bible Students rejected the popular belief that God is a Trinity. The fact is, the persistent and pervasive belief that Jesus Christ is/was God is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated in the name of religion. Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the Trinity as a pagan belief that has been transplanted into what is now passed off as an essential article of Christian faith. The notion that God and Jesus and the holy spirit comprise a three-in-one Trinity is nowhere to be found in the Bible. Nor did Jesus himself ever claim that he was God. On the contrary, Jesus always referred to himself as the Son and his Father as God.

Over the centuries ardent Trinitarian believers have scoured the Scriptures to try to stitch together support for the mythological Trinity. Worse, Bible translators have skewed the translation of various scriptures so as to lend support to the Trinity.

A classic example of such biased Bible translation is the rendering of John 1:1. For the unfamiliar, most translations of that verse say: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The original Greek did not have the equivalent of an indefinite article (a and an). So in order to distinguish between the specific and non-specific the Greek uses the definite article (the). At John 1:1 there are two entities. The Word and God. To distinguish them the Greek literally says that ‘the Word was with the God and the Word was God.’ Of course, the verse is not translated using “the” before the first God. That is not how English sentence structure works. To properly translate that verse into English the indefinite article ought to be used in connection with the Word. Trinitarian translators do this with other verses but refuse to do so at John 1:1. For example, Acts 28:6, which reads: “The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.” (NIV) Like John 1:1, Acts 28:6 does not contain the indefinite article. It states that the people said he was God. The translators realize, though, that the superstitious Maltese people imagined Paul was one of the pantheon of Greek gods. And so they insert the indefinite article to reflect the true meaning of the Greek. The same should be done with John 1:1, as it is obvious that the context warrants such.

Reasoning on John 1:1, the Word is said to be with God “in the beginning.” But God had no beginning. If the Word is co-eternal than it would be inappropriate to speak of a beginning. The Word was the beginning of God’s creation. Hence, that is why he was with God in the beginning.

The Trinity doctrine and the equally nonsensical Oneness doctrine peculiar to Pentecostalism, turn the meanings of words and basic concepts upside down. As an example, throughout the Scriptures Jesus is portrayed as the Son of God. He always referred to Jehovah as both his God and Father. In areas outside of trinitarian theology it is recognized that the father/son relationship means that the father gives birth to and precedes his own son. Not so in trinitarian and Oneness theology. Theology has effectively rendered the father/son relationship meaningless. Jesus had no beginning, according to Trinity believers. Why Jesus referred to himself as a son and God as a Father is anyone’s guess because it bears no resemblance to the father/son relationship common in the human sphere. It would seem that God deliberately wants to confuse people. 

Other aspects of the Trinity are equally absurd. Take the fact that Jesus prayed to God, even supplicating him for strength and assistance. In fact, the apostle Paul stated that Jesus implored God with strong outcries and tears and he was favorably heard for his godly fear. Are we to assume that Jesus feared himself; that he prayed to and worshiped himself? The Scriptures reveal that Jesus obeyed God. On the night of Jesus’ arrest he implored God to take this cup away from him, ‘but not as  I will, but as you will.’ In other words, Jesus submitted himself to the will of Jehovah and did not act upon his own wish. Furthermore, at John 14:31 Jesus stated the following: “I shall not speak much with you anymore, for the ruler of the world is coming. And he has no hold on me, but, in order for the world to know that I love the Father, even as the Father has given me commandment to do, so I am doing.” According to Jesus it is Jehovah’s will that the world come to know that Jesus loves him and, as Jesus stated, God had, in fact, commanded him to do so. But if God were three in one, as is commonly believed, that would mean that God commanded himself to love himself. These are just a few of many, many absurdities that people unwittingly embrace when they accept the the Trinity. 

Jesus repeatedly stated that what he spoke and taught was not his own teaching but came from his Father. Even more to the point, Jesus said that he did nothing of his own initiative, but only what his Father taught him. But there are even more absurdities inherent in the notion that Jesus was/is God. Consider the fact that God gives his throne to Jesus and that Jesus rules in behalf of Jehovah but after 1,000 years Jesus turns the kingdom back over to God and Jesus submits himself to God. So, the Trinity doctrine would have us believe that God gives himself his own throne but then gives it back to himself. How ridicu
lous!

Any rationale person who reads the Gospels who is un-indoctrinated would never come to the conclusion that Jesus was part of some mysterious three-persons-in-one-God or one God with three manifestations, as in Oneness. Jehovah’s Witnesses teach the truth as regards the nature of Jesus and the relationship Christ has with Jehovah God. 


Jesus Christ (Insight on the Scriptures)

Who Is Jesus? (Watchtower)

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