The Begotten Sonship of Jesus Christ


The trinitarian said, “Brother Magee, that may be true, but I do read of the Father in the Old Testament. Now that is all I need to find. If I can find the Father in the Old Testament then He must have had a Son. No man is a father until he has had an offspring, be it a son or a daughter. So if I can locate the Father in the Old Testament it will prove that He must have had a Son in the Old Testament. Answer that!”

By Gordon Magee

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One of the greatest objections leveled against the truth of the one God is that implicit in our teaching is a denial of the eternal Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Trinitarians say, “You do not believe, Brother Magee, that there are three persons in God?” I assure them that they understand me perfectly. I do not believe in what the hymn writer has written: “God in three Persons, blessed Trinity,” I substitute: “God in Christ Jesus, blessed Unity.”


Trinitarians say, “You cannot therefore believe in the eter­nal Father, the eternal Son, and the eternal Spirit?”


I do believe in the eternal Spirit because the Bible dis­tinctly speaks of the eternal Spirit. Jesus offered Himself with­out spot to God through the eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14). But I cannot find in Scripture the expression “the eternal Son.” However, often I find in the Bible an expression which is in direct contradiction to the theological term “eternal Son”—namely, “begotten Son.” In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever­lasting life.”


The two words eternal and begotten are in direct contradiction to each other. If someone is eternal he has never been begotten. If he has been begotten then he is not eternal. Two things cannot be true of Jesus as the Son. He cannot at the same time be the “eternal Son” and the “begotten Son.” Now which are we to believe? Let us believe what, the Bible says. It states that Jesus is the “begotten Son.” It never says that He is the “eternal Son.”


The Humanity of Jesus


The Sonship began at Bethlehem. The Incarnation was the time when the Sonship began. The angel, in Luke 1:35, said to the virgin mother-to-be, “That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Here it is clearly revealed that the humanity of the Lord. Jesus is the Son. “That holy thing”–that physical, fleshly one—is the Son. In Galatians 4:4 we find this truth stated in different words: “But when the ful­ness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” Is not that clear? The Son was made of a woman.


Hebrews 1:5-6 pinpoints the very day in which Christ was begotten as to His Sonship: “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? . . . When he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” In other words, Jesus was begotten and then brought into the world on the day that the angels of God worshiped Him in the sky over Judea. The shepherds were startled as they listened to the heavenly choir. The angels bade them not to be afraid, for there was that day born in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Hebrews 1:5-6 tells us that was the day in which Jesus was begotten and born as a Son.

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