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Was Jesus Begotten or Created — And is There a Difference?
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I did this study for a friend’s blog a while ago, but I think it is relevant to repeat it on Facebook. I always approach seemingly unexplainable passages and verses in the Bible with great caution. We can so easily fall into human and thus ungodly interpretations if we do not stick to what is really written in the context of Biblical truth. Our names (reputations) are worth more than silver and gold, and God commanded us to “remind [one another…] not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. But be diligent to present ourselves approved to God [not working for salvation or blessing, but to truly understand the Scriptures in context, and also to interpret them in the context of every unique situation,] a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” (2 Tim. 2:14-16.)
To supposedly “describe and understand” the indescribable origin of God, very dangerous lies were spread concerning the Incarnation of Christ. And so, the doctrine, which states that Jesus was created and not begotten, is very old. It came from Clement of Alexandria in 200 A.D. Learning from his mentor Philo, he said, as a created being, Jesus was God but not equal to God, but some kind of “lesser” god. Philo said Logos [The Word] is “immaterial, an adequate image of god, Demiurge, [the god of the ‘dark mind’ in Greek philosophy: this is the origin from where Edward Irving spiritualized the whole Bible for the (Old and New) Apostolic Church,] his shadow and… son, although he is imperishable…”
However, Heb. 7:3 teaches, “[Melchizedek or Jesus] is without father, mother, genealogy; having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God [not as a spirit, but taking on the human form of human flesh…]”
The entire Bible states that Jesus was not created, but begotten of God. This is because Jesus is God Himself, Who “became the Son of Man,” for the purpose of saving, redeeming, and blessing fallen humanity. Thus, Paul stated in Col. 2:8-9, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy… according to the [church dogma and] tradition of men… For in [Jesus Christ] dwells [present tense] the fullness of the Godhead [Father and Holy Spirit] bodily, and you are [present tense] complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power.” The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Bible will forever Be One [Inseparable] God: almighty, all-knowing, and ever-present everywhere in heaven and on earth at the same time.
The first Adam was created from dust; the Second Adam (God Himself, Who became a human being,) was begotten of God. To explain exactly how God did that, is simply impossible without twisting the Scriptures. We only have what God Himself chose to reveal to us. Originally, Adam was created perfectly sinless, but he fell into a spiritual state or position of sin without God. Jesus, the Second Adam, was perfectly and sinlessly begotten from God by a completely human mother, to bring believing humanity back to their original spiritual position or state in Eden.
However, the physical human body in itself is not sinful at all, and truly born again believers are “saints” in Jesus (which means sinless,) once “washed in the blood of Christ.” Jesus was not born in a state or position of sin without God, but into an ordinary, sinless human body. So, Jesus, the Perfect Second Adam, did not partake in the sinful “nature” [or mindsets/thoughts] of humanity, being the Most Holy God Himself. Yet, Jesus was so perfectly human, He possessed all the needs [not sinful wants] and free will of humanity, so that Satan could work on His fragile humanity to tempt Him just like he tempts us all to commit sin!
Still, this “created” fallacy wrongly alleges that “God directly formed a body for the second Adam, (like a test tube baby of a new God species,”) and placed Him into Mary’s womb to avoid Mary’s sinful human DNA. But if Jesus did not have human DNA, He was not human.
How do we understand this? Mary too, quite confused, asked, “How can this be, since I have not known a man?” But the angel merely said, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore, the Holy One born will be called the Son of God.”
Jn. 1:14 states, “The Word [Jesus] became flesh [a perfect human being while remaining the Perfect God,] and dwelt among us... [in sinless] glory as of the only begotten [Son] of the Father…” Jn. 3:16, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believers in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Nevertheless, this ‘created’ lie compares Rom. 8:8 to Jesus Who “became flesh,” stating that He was created in “sinful flesh” just like every other human being. But this is what this verse really says, from verse 7, “The carnal [unrenewed, sin-infested] mind [which Jesus did not possess,] is enmity against God; [read Rom. 12:1-2,] for it is not subject to the law of God, [who can say such a thing about Jesus?] So then, those who are in the flesh [controlled by their sinful minds or thoughts,] cannot please God.” But God said to Jesus when He was baptised by immersion in the river as an example for all true, believing disciples, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased,” (Mt. 3:13-17.)
Indeed, the truth about God’s Word and everything else is always in the context. In fact, this whole passage in Romans 8 has nothing to do with Jesus’ Incarnation. Our ‘sinful flesh’ or sinful thought patterns is not our physical bodies. These are carnal thoughts without obedience to, or knowledge of the Word of God, which is “in enmity with the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who inhabits all true believers, although they still must be mentally “transformed” through true knowledge of God’s Word to “know” and do God’s will, (Rom. 12:1-2.) Concerning our physical bodies, however, Paul taught in 1 Cor. 6:19 that the bodies of true believers are a holy temple to the Holy Spirit of God.
It is a Roman Catholic fallacy that the physical body is also sinful.
Still, sidestepping their own statement, “Jesus was created like a test-tube baby,” they also say the ‘created’ Jesus had Eve’s DNA, and therefore He also had a “sinful nature,” because Scripture states, “I was shaped in iniquity and in sin my mother conceived me,” and therefore Jesus was also conceived in sin.
Truthfully, Ps. 51:5 does not refer to Mary’s DNA, but to the following: “The later rabbis, combining this verse with the mystery hanging over the origin and name of David’s mother, represent him as born in adultery. (See Stanley, Jewish Church, chap. ii., p. 46, Note.) The word conceived [in this context,] is certainly one generally used of animal desire.”
We cannot bring this “sinful” conception to Mary’s Most Holy, Miraculous Conception. It relates to the false doctrine that pertains to the ancestry of the so-called Serpent-Seed union between Eve and Satan, and the ancestors of Cain: the sinful mother who allegedly conceived a whole generation of ‘corrupted’ people in sin.
Although every person since the fall, except Jesus Who was “begotten by God,” was born into the spiritual death (the sin-state) of Eden, (Rom. 9-24,) the Marriage Covenant was declared completely holy by God Himself. Jesus was conceived while Mary was engaged to Joseph. It was/is the legal, first part of the two-part Hebrew marriage. If Joseph “her husband” were to divorce her, he had to give her a letter of divorce to break the marriage, (Mt. 1:19.)
Yet, this dogma continues by stating, “Jesus was only created in the likeness of sinful flesh.” This is another misinterpretation of Scripture. God is God: the Most Holy Creator of everyone and everything. Jesus Is, Was, and always Will Be God Himself, (Heb. 1:1-14.) “Taking on the likeness of flesh” means Jesus merely took on an ordinary, sinless, physical, human body, as explained. On the other hand, Satan has never, and will never create anything. The DNA mixes scientists so is by using God-created DNA. They are committing abominations from God’s perfect creation, but they are NOT creating new life!
Exactly how did Mary become pregnant? This is easy to answer. Simply believe the Scriptures and not Clement and his descendants, who attack Jesus’ Divinity and complete, sinless humanity. In Lu. 1:26-38, the angel simply said to Mary, “You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and call His Name Jesus...” Mt. 1:19, “For What is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit...” Isa. 7:14, “...The virgin shall conceive and bear a [fully human] Son....”
That Jesus was really Mary’s human Child, is clear in the long genealogy of Jesus, otherwise He would have been an imposter! He is really the Son of David, the Son of Abraham... as described in Mt. 1:17.
All praise and glory to the Highest God in Heaven, the true Christ Jesus of the Bible, (both the New and the Old Testaments,) because He became a Man, the Son of God, to be the physical “Image of the invisible God… For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the Head of [His believing, blood-bought] body… And you, being dead in your [state of sin without Him,] He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out [everything you have done to violate the Moral law,] having disarmed principalities and powers. He made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it [at the very moment He died on that cross.]” Col. 1:16-17; 2:8-15.