Jesus, the Only Begotten God

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

NENT “God no one hath ever seen; an only begotten, himself God, who is unto the bosom of the Father, HE hath declared him.”

KJV 1789 “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

This is a difficult case to translate. NAS speaks of the divinity of Jesus in this verse by calling Jesus the only begotten God. Also, NENT adds the words “himself God”. Where has Panin found such an amendment for the NENT translation? KJV 1789, on the other hand, does not add to Jesus any mention of divinity; he is merely the ’only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father’. Westcott-Hort and other similar editions of the Greek Bible have been available to everyone since 1881.

When NENT adds the words ‘himself God, one can ask where a skilled Greek language expert has found the capital G in the word God? Panin’s numeric code does not change depending on whether it’s God or god. The Greek original text is either all words in capital letters (majuscule) or lower case letters (minuscule). Jesus is in any case, GOD. Father God made him above all creation and God himself called his Son ‘GOD’ (Heb. 1: 8). The use of a great initial letter implies that Jesus would be part of the Triune God, that he is Almighty God together with the Father and the Holy Spirit. However, on the basis of one verse, I would not go so far as to make such an interpretation.

Heb 1:8-9

The next verse is considered to be a sure proof that Jesus is God:

8 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of your kingdom is a righteous scepter. – But immediately afterward it is said that Jesus also has God:

9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.”

Is it really meant that God in this verse has capital G? You remember in Greek language writing, all were first written in capital letters and there was no punctuation. Later also lower case letters were used. This verse is also word for word as Psa 45:7, in which the words are addressed to King Solomon, who was “a god with a little g”. From verse 9 we get additional support for Jesus being a god; God, your God … tells us that Jesus had God. When Jesus had God, he himself could not have been  God of the same rank. Jesus would be king of Israel, the Messiah, just like Salomon was anointed king of Israel in his time. Jesus, however, will be king of the whole world, and his subjects are Israelites of the God of Israel, Christians from all over the world.

My conclusion is that Jesus was not God from the beginning, but God the Father has exalted his Son to a high divine position to be above all heaven’s angels and all men on earth and given him all the power. He is sitting on God’s throne on his right side – In this respect, Jesus is so almighty that God has exalted Jesus above all creation. (All those who are created i.e. humans and angels).

1 Cor 15:24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has done away with every ruler and every authority and power.

25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

27 For, “He put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when he says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that he is excepted who subjected all things to him.

28 When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all.

Jesus is the sovereign King of all creation, and the King of the Millennium kingdom. Thousand years after the first resurrection of the dead, there will be the second resurrection of judgment, in which everyone is condemned according to their deeds. After this Christ restores all power to God. Christ, however, will continue to be God’s high priest in the order of Melchizedek.