Begotten Not Made

creedIn the past, God spoke through the prophets to our ancestors in many times and many ways. In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a Son. God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him. The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message. After he carried out the cleansing of people from their sins, he sat down at the right side of the highest majesty.  (Heb 1:1-3 CEB)

In scripture, we have human analogies that are used to describe the action of God towards man. Speaking through his Son, cleansing, maintaining and sitting.  It’s no wonder, at times, that people find the whole concept of the trinitarian God somewhat confusing.

The early Church struggled with some of these same concepts until they formulated the Nicean Creed

“And [we believe] in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father … .”

In other words, although Jesus was a fully human person, he also was and is fully God. Literally, God poured the essence of ‘Godness’ into human flesh. I hate using gender terms to describe God since God is neither male nor female. When we speak of the deity of Christ, we are not saying he was supernatural, or a divine being, or most God-like. He was and is God. The term Son then doesn’t mean he was procreated as one might understand the term.  Son is referring to what was seen, or as we read in Colossians, “He is the image of the invisible God.” (Col 1:15 NKJ) Also, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” (Col 2:9 NIV)

Tomorrow we will dig a little deeper without losing our way.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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