And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

This is only gonna be short today.

Today’s 25 words comes from John 1:18 (NASB):

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

In context in John 1:1-18.


What do we learn about Jesus from this verse?

Let’s break it into 3 sections.

No one has seen God at any time;| the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, |He has explained Him.

Well, the first sentence is pretty self explanatory. No one has seen God. Not ever.

In the second section, John refers to “the only begotten God”. He says similar in chapter 3 verse 16:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “begotten” means:

Definition of beget
verb (begets, begetting; past begot /bɪˈgɒt/ or archaic begat; past participle begotten /bɪˈgɒt(ə)n/)
[with object] literary

  1. (especially of a man) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction: they hoped that the King might beget an heir by his new queen
  2. cause; bring about: killings beget more killings

And John says “begotten God”. Clearly, this person John is talking about is either the son of God, or something caused by God.

Moving on.

The third section. This person has explained God. Once again, straightforward.

It’s only reading this passage in context that one can tell who John is talking about.

I think that Jesus is the subject of this verse, that John has said that He is the Son of God, who is also God Himself, and Jesus has explained (or declared or made Him known, as in other translations) His heavenly Father, with whom He is fully equal and in complete relationship with.

Read it for yourself. what do you think?


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