Elohim's Only Begotten Son
Yahushua Messiah (Jesus Christ), Elohim’s Son, had a beginning. He was not co-eternal with the Father. There was a time when Elohim dwelt alone. There was no Son. There was no Universe. There was no creation. JUST ELOHIM! Elohim Himself had no beginning. He always was. But Yahushua, Elohim’s Son, did have a beginning. Elohim, in order to carry out His grand plan, begot His Son and then turned the work of all further creation over to Him. We are not told how He did this; just that He did beget Him and prior to the Universe being brought into existence.
Messiah’s Pre-Human (Pre-Incarnate) Beginning
“These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF ELOHIM” (Revelation 3:14).
There are several “Key” Scriptures that speak of Messiah’s pre-human (pre-incarnate) beginning. Yahushua is here speaking of Himself. He tells us that He was the “beginning of the creation of Elohim." The Greek word for “beginning” is arche . . . which means "beginning, first, prime or chief." Thus the first thing or Being that Yahuwah created (or "begot") was His Son. Yahushua was the first and last of Elohim’s direct creation. After Elohim "begot" His Son, He used Him as His Agent in creating all other things and beings. (John 1:3; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2)
“Who [Yahushua] is the image of the invisible Elohim, THE FIRSTBORN OF EVERY CREATURE” (Colossians 1:15).
The Amplified Bible says: “firstborn of all creation." Moffat’s Translation reads: “He is the likeness of the unseen Elohim, born first, before all creation." A “creature” is something created . . . a created being. Yahushua was the FIRST created ["begotten"] being brought forth by Elohim. There was a time when Yahushua did not exist. He was created or born (begotten) and this took place prior to anything else existing because He (Yahushua) created everything else. So let’s believe what the Bible says about Yahushua . . . He was the firstborn of every creature or the firstborn of all creation.
“Yahuwah possessed Me [original Hebrew . . . created Me] in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting [in eternity . . . before time began], from the beginning, or ever [the Universe or] the earth was. When there were no depths, I WAS BROUGHT FORTH; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills WAS I BROUGHT FORTH; While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth: When He established the clouds above: when He strengthened the fountains of the deep: when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him [original Hebrew . . . as His working partner]: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth; and My delights were with the sons of men” (Proverbs 8:22-31).
What beautiful Scriptures describing Messiah’s pre-human existence with His heavenly Father. Yahushua in this passage is described under the figure of the “Wisdom of Elohim” just as He is described in 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 and 30. Yahushua in His pre-incarnate existence was created or "possessed" (begotten) and set up before the world or the Universe ever existed and was there in its planning stages (Proverbs 8:22-23). He was there with His Father as His working partner, and was the Father’s delight, “rejoicing always before Him” (Proverbs 8:30).
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER), full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Yahushua was "the only begotten of the Father." To “beget” means to produce, to cause to exist or to bring forth or to generate. The Father produced or brought forth His Son. The Father caused Him to exist by begetting or creating Him at a point in time back in eternity before the creation of the world and the Universe. Yahushua is therefore called “the only begotten of the Father” because He (Yahushua) is the only Being ever begotten or created directly by the Father.
“For Elohim so loved the world, that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
This is the most quoted verse in the Bible and maybe the least understood of all the verses in the Bible, and it refers to Two Divine Entities . . . the Father and His Son. The Son was “begotten” . . . produced, created, or brought forth. If Yahushua was “begotten” then He was not co-eternal with the Father. Begotten and eternal are CONTRADICTORY terms. Some modern translations leave out the word “begotten” (NIV) and translate it “gave His one and only son." This is nothing but a Trinitarian cover-up trying to hide the fact that Elohim’s Son had a beginning. Under Chapter Six entitled Controversial Deity Passages (click on shaded area to go to the link) you will find an examination of 1 John 5:7 and Matthew 28:19 showing who is responsible for changes within the Scriptures which were unauthorized.
“In this was manifested the love of Elohim toward us, because that ELOHIM SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON INTO THE WORLD, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9). “Begotten” is left out of this verse in the NIV also. You can begin to see how the “little horn” in Daniel 7:24 had to “subdue the three kings” which had Arian views because it directly confronts the errors of the Trinitarian teachings of the Catholic Church which is the very center doctrine of her teachings. The Arian view was that there were two beings in the Deity and that Yahushua was created or what the Bible states as "begotten."
Was Yahushua telling us how He came into existence when He spoke to His disciples on the night before His crucifixion?
"I came out from Elohim." John 16:27
"I came forth from the Father." John 16:28
"I came out from Thee." John 17:8
And the disciples testified to that fact when they said "Now are we sure that Thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask Thee: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from Elohim." John 16:30
The Son did not begin His existence at Bethlehem as the Oneness brethren teach. This begetting took place before He was sent into the world and even before the world or the Universe was created or spoken into existence. Elohim could not have sent His only begotten Son into the world unless He already existed prior to the creation of the world. He was a heavenly Being prior to Bethlehem, and at Bethlehem He came into the world as the “Son of man” in order to die and provide salvation for us. "Son of man" is used throughout the gospels as Yahushua used this term in reference to Himself. See Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:10; Luke 9:22; and John 1:51.
“For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art My Son, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?” Hebrews 1:5 and is quoted from Psalm 2:7.
Yahushua had a pre-incarnate beginning . . . a day of being begotten or being brought forth into existence. This occurred back in eternity before the Universe was created and the foundation of the earth was laid. Yahushua cannot be co-eternal with the Father if He had a pre-incarnate beginning. When Elohim begot His Son, He said to Him . . . ”Thou art My Son: this day have I begotten Thee.” Elohim was not a Father until He had a Son! From that point on . . . He is Elohim the Father . . . "the Father of our Master Yahushua Messiah” (Ephesians 1:3, 17; 2 Corinthians 1:2). It does not detract from Messiah’s greatness to acknowledge what the Bible teaches . . . that He had a pre-incarnate beginning.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the BEGINNING and the END, the FIRST and the LAST” (Revelation 22:13).
Alpha and Omega are the first and the last letters of the Greek Alphabet. Yahuhsua Messiah is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last of ELOHIM'S DIRECT CREATION. Yahushua is/was the ONLY BEING CREATED DIRECTLY BY THE FATHER. He was the first and only begotten (therefore the last) of the Father's creation. (Hebrews 1:8 with John 1:18)
The mystery of the Deity becomes plain when we understand it in terms of a father-son relationship. A father always precedes a son in some point of time. The father is always older than a son. The father is the begetter or life-giver. The son always owes his existence to the father. All becomes understandable when we view the Deity in the light of the father-son relationship. But when we refuse to understand the terms father and son in their natural meanings, then all becomes confusing and the Deity becomes a mystery that is totally incomprehensible.
The Pre-incarnate Messiah was a god . . . NOT The Almighty Elohim
In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we have a wonderful description of Messiah in His pre-incarnate state in the heavenly world before He came to earth.
“In the beginning was the Word [Logos], and the Word was with Elohim [The Father], and the Word was God [a Divine Being]. The same was in the beginning with Elohim [Yahuwah]. All things were made by Him [or through] Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3).
We would also like to give these verses from the Emphatic Diaglott by Benjamin Wilson. It is an interlineary word-for-word English translation made from the original Greek.
“In A beginning was the Word [Logos], and the Word was with THE God and A God was the Word [Logos]. This was in A beginning with THE God. All through it was done; and without it was done not even one thing, that has been done” (John 1:1-3).
This interlineary translation makes it clear between YAHUWAH or the Father Who was THE Elohim (Supreme Being) and the Logos (or the Word) who was simply A God or Divine Being. The original Greek brings this out very clearly. There is a definite article before the second usage of the word God. Also, in the second verse, we again have the use of the definite article . . . which distinguishes Yahuwah, the Supreme Being, from the Logos.
There are TWO entities in these verses. Yahuwah or the Father is called THE Elohim which means He is the Supreme Being. The Logos or the pre-incarnte Messiah was with the Father, but the Logos was simply called A God or (Divine Being) . . . and not THE Elohim. There are TWO entities or Divine Beings being described here . . . but one is GREATER than the other.
The Logos or the pre-incarnate Messiah was not with Yahuwah from Yahuwah's beginning . . . for He had no beginning. He is the eternal self-existent One (Which is what Yahuwah means). The Logos was with Yahuwah from “A beginning” . . . meaning the time of Messiah's pre-incarnate beginning as the Logos or the first creation of Elohim (Proverbs 8:23; Colossians 1:15; Revelation 3:14).
There are many who are “CALLED gods” both in heaven and earth . . . but they are not equal to Yahuwah . . . the One Supreme Being (Elohim).
“We know that an Idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other Elohim but One. For though there be that are CALLED gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one Elohim, the Father [the Supreme Being], of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Master Yahushua Messiah [Yahuwah’s Son], by Whom are all things, and we by Him” (1 Corinthians 8: 4-6).
This is a Key scripture that helps unlock the mystery of the Deity. The term “god” is applied to many personages in the Bible.
Angels…Psalms 8:5; Psalm 97:7
Moses…Exodus 4:16; Exodus 7:1
Israel’s Judges…Psalms 82:1,6; John 10:33-36
Satan…2 Corinthians 4:4
Yahushua . . . John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8
The term “god” as used in these Scriptures simply means “A MIGHTY ONE." There are many mighty ones, both in heaven and earth, but there is only ONE Almighty Elohim! The term “god” can be applied to anyone who has a position of great power and authority or who acts as Elohim’s representative. These personages who are given this title are not viewed as being equal to or rivals of Yahuwah . . . the Supreme Being.
Yahushua because of His exalted position as the Son of Elohim is given the title “God." Even the Father calls His Son “A God” (Hebrews 1:8) . . . but He is not equal to Yahuwah! Yahuwah is the only Eternal Almighty Elohim! Yahushua derives His existence and all of His power and authority from Yahuwah. Therefore, Yahuwah is His superior. Remember, Yahushua said: “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28).
Yahushua is even called a “Mighty God” in Isaiah 9:6 and a “Great God” in Titus 2:13, but He is never called the ALMIGHTY Elohim. There can only be One Almighty and that is Yahuwah, the Father.
The Pre-incarnate Messiah Acted as Elohim’s Spokesman
Yahushua was called The Logos or The Word, because in His pre-human state, He acted as the official spokesman for Yahuwah. As the Word, He was Elohim’s voice . . . His mouthpiece . . . His spokesman. When Elohim wanted a message delivered to His creatures, He used Yahushua to deliver the message. In the Old Testament, Yahushua appeared again and again as the Angel or Messenger of Yahuwah. He would appear to men either in angelic or human form . . . and would speak as the official voice of Yahuwah . . . speak as if He were actually Yahuwah Himself.
The New Scofield Bible has a very interesting note on Judges 2:1 on the identity of the Angel of Yahuwah.
“This particular angel, as distinguished in Scriptures from all others, is often referred to in the O.T. (Genesis 16:9; 22:11; 48:16; Exodus 3:2; 14:19; Numbers 22:22; Judges 2:4; 6:11; 13:3; 2 Kings 19:35; Isaiah 63:9; Zechariah 1:12; 12:8)
1. He is named “the angel of the LORD” [Yahuwah] Genesis 16:7, “the angel of God” Genesis 21:17, the angel of His [Yahuwah's] presence” Isaiah 63:9, and probably “the messenger (angel) of the covenant” Malachi 3:1
2. He is clearly identified with the Lord Himself in His self-manifestation to men. In Genesis 31:11-13 the angel said to Jacob, “I am the God of Bethel.” In Exodus 3:2-6 the same angel said to Moses, “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham.”
3. Divine attributes and prerogatives are ascribed to this angel. He said to Hagar, “I will multiply thy seed exceedingly” (Genesis 16:10), and Hagar spoke of Him as the all-seeing God (Genesis 16:13). Jacob referred to Him as “the angel who redeemed me from all evil” (Genesis 48:16). The place where this angel appeared was holy ground and He was to be worshipped (Exodus 3:5-6) whereas worship is sternly forbidden in the case of ordinary angels. (Revelation 22:8, 9) “The angel of Yahuwah” was the keeper of Israel, and His voice was to be obeyed, for the name of the LORD was in Him. (Exodus 23:20-23)
4. In the light of N.T. revelation, this O.T. angel may properly be identified with the pre-incarnate Son of God. In Judges 13:18 the angel referred to His name as “secret” or literally “wonderful”, and Isaiah 9:6 gives this name to the predicted Messiah of Israel. Malachi affirmed that “The Lord” who would “suddenly come to His temple” would also be “the messenger (angel) of the covenant”. (Malachi 3:1) The identification of the angel with our Lord harmonizes with His distinctive function in relation to the Godhead, for He is the eternal Word through whom the invisible God speaks and manifests Himself. (John 1:1, 18)” (end of quote)
This is a very lengthy quotation, but having given it in full because it describes so well Messiah's pre-incarnate activity as the Angel of Yahuwah during the Old Testament period. The only part of the comments with which we disagree is the statement that the Word or Logos was eternal. We believe the Logos (Yahushua) had a beginning. The rest of the comments are very good.
When the Scriptures speak of Elohim appearing to man in the Old Testament, it is referring to the pre-incarnate Messiah . . . Who appeared as the Angel of Yahuwah. Remember, no man has seen the Father at any time (John 1:18). It was the pre-incarnate Messiah, “the image [or visible representative] of the invisible Elohim" (Colossians 1:15) Who appeared throughout the Old Testament period. Men thought they were actually seeing Yahuwah, but it was Yahuhsua, Elohim’s pre-incarnate Son, Whom they were seeing.
The relationship between Yahuwah and His Son is perfectly illustrated in the case of Moses and Aaron in the Old Testament. In Exodus, chapter four, Moses petitions Elohim to call a substitute for him. Moses says that he is not able to speak eloquently and thus would be unable to confront Pharoah. Elohim said that He would call Aaron, Moses’ brother, to the capacity of spokesman. Elohim said: “And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of Elohim” (Exodus 4:15, 16).
Moses stands in the position of Yahuwah, the invisible Heavenly Father. Moses’ brother, Aaron, who speaks to Pharoah stands in the position of Elohim’s pre-incarnate Son who appeared over and over again throughout the Old Testament as the Angel of Yahuwah, speaking and acting as Elohim’s official Spokesman. Yahushua has always acted as the intermediary between Yahuwah and the human family (1 Timothy 2:5). Yahushua has always perfectly communicated Elohim’s will to man for He speaks only the words given Him by the Father. Yahushua said: “For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak” (John 12:49).
The apostle Paul describes the experience of the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt and journeyed through the wilderness. He said: “they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them: and THAT ROCK WAS Messiah” (1 Corinthians 10:4). So The Angel that Elohim sent before the children of Israel to guide them and provide for them (Exodus 23:20-23) was the pre-incarnate Messiah. He was the One who appeared and spoke to men throughout the Old Testament period. So, in a sense, we can say that Yahushua was the visible Elohim of the Old Testament.
Messiah was the Agent in Creation
Yahushua was actually the One who created all things using the power given to Him by His Father. The Scripture in 1 Corinthians 8:6 makes this very clear. “But to us there is but one Elohim, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Master Yahushua Messiah, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.” All things are OF Elohim . . . His power is the source of everything. All things are BY Yahushua Messiah . . . He was the Agent used by Elohim in creation. There are many other Scriptures that bear out this truth.
“All things were made by [or through] Him [Yahushua]; and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).
“For by Him [Yahushua] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). Yahushua was Elohim's “firstborn” (Colossians 1:15) and then Elohim turned the work of all further creation over to Him.
“Elohim created all things by Yahushua Messiah” (Ephesians 3:9).
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He [Yahuwah] hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:2). Elohim created the worlds through the agency of His Son.
“And Elohim said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Yahuwah is here speaking to His Son concerning the work of creation.
Two Beings are involved in the work of creation. Elohim gave the Plan of creation to His Son. He was the Master Architect. Yahushua then executed the plan using Elohim’s creative power.
Yahushua in His prayer to His Heavenly Father in John 17:5 says: “And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self WITH THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS." Here we see Yahushua in His pre-incarnate state of Deity . . . with the glory of all creation given to Him by the Father. What a glory He had with His Father in His pre-incarnate, pre-human state! Yahushua did not begin His existence at Bethlehem.
Again, Yahushua spoke of His pre-incarnate state, when He said: “What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up to where He was before?" (John 6:62). Another powerful Scripture on the pre-existence of Messiah is John 3:13. ”And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” So our Master had a pre-existence with His Father before He came into the world as a human being at Bethlehem.
Yahushua in His pre-incarnate state was a Heavenly Being. He had a great work and ministry prior to coming to be born at Bethlehem. But His GREATEST work was the WORK OF REDEMPTION. His coming to this earth to die as the Lamb or Sacrifice for sin.
“And the Word [Yahushua] became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we (actually) saw His glory (His honor, His Majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his Father, full of grace (favor, lovingkindness) and truth” (John 1:14, Amplified Bible ).
Elohim spoke the Word (or Logos) out of existence as a HEAVENLY BEING . . . transformed His life into a tiny seed . . . and then placed this seed in the womb of the virgin Mary by the power of His Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35). Yahushua was then born as a HUMAN being . . . the human Son of Elohim. He took the form of man so that He might go to Calvary and purchase our redemption by His sinless life and sacrifice and spilt blood. (Ephesians 1:7) Is this why Elohim created His Son in the beginning? . . . so that He might pay the ransom price to redeem a fallen creation (1 Timothy 2:5-7). Remember Elohim knows the end from the beginning and always has a plan in place to meet any and every emergency. "Affliction shall not rise up the second time" (Nahum 1:9). The Universe will be forever secure from sin ever happening again! Selah!
We can see from the Scriptures that Yahushua was begotten and had a beginning. He is not eternal. Only the Father is eternal. We can see that Yahushua was not immortal for He was able to die as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Only the Father is immortal. "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise Elohim, be honour, and glory for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Timothy 1:17). Yahushua is now immortal having immortality conferred on Him just as those who are redeemed will be given immortality when they are resurrected. "I am He [Yahushua] that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen" (Revelation 1:18). ""For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shalll have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory" (1 Corinthians 15:52-54).
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