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To Believe that Christ is the 'Only' Begotten of the Father means We cannot become Sons of God

Updated on June 23, 2017
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The most important aspect of having the faith of Christ is having a relationship with our heavenly Father. However, there is a problem within the harlot church system that teaches that Christ’s relationship to his Father is unique between only the Father and him. They will tell you that because Christ was the 'only' begotten of the Father, he is the 'only' one who can know the Father.

This false teaching has infiltrated the church system and has its origins in the Catholic Catechism. It says that Christ revealed that God is the eternal Father in being the Creator, the eternal Father in His relationship to His Son and that the Son is eternal 'only' in relationship to the Father.

False Doctrine
False Doctrine

240 Jesus revealed that God is Father in an unheard-of sense: he is Father not only in being Creator; he is eternally Father by his relationship to his only Son who, reciprocally, is Son only in relation to his Father: "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."

— http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P17.HTM

The Catholic Church will then refer to this Scripture verse,

All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. – Matthew 11:27

At first glance, the words of Christ seem to indicate that he is the 'only' one to know the Father because he literally came down from the Father, meaning no other can share this 'unique' relationship that 'only' he has. There are other Scripture verses that would seem to affirm this false teaching also.

No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended form heaven, the Son of Man. – John 3:13

Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; He has seen the Father. – John 6:45-46

From these verses, the Catholic Church and her harlots maintain the idea that Christ remains the 'only' begotten Son of the Father and that for all eternity the Son exclusively shares this relationship with Him. Furthermore, they say that 'only' Christ is from God who proceeded from the Father, which means that he is the 'only' man who has seen or knows the Father.

This article will attempt to peruse the above quoted verses through a different lens revealing the false premise of Catholic doctrine.

Sons of God

What many people fail to understand is that all those who believe upon Christ our Saviour become Sons of God too. All genuine believers have the same relationship qualities that Christ has with his Father.

Although Christ stated, 'All things have been handed over to me by my Father' (Matthew 11:27). he also said that everything the Father has given him, he also gives to those that follow Him.

All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he taketh of mine, and shall declare it unto you. – John 16:15

If Christ is eternally the 'only' begotten Son, then he would be the 'only' one to have an exclusively unique relationship with the Father. If that is the case, the very work and purpose of Christ has been nullified.

The plan of the Father through the death and resurrection of His Son was to bring the Holy Spirit, which allows us to have the same relationship Christ has with his Father. We become Sons of God too, capable of having the relationship that Christ does as a son of the Father. Just as Christ is one with the Father, we too are one with our Father when we have the Holy Spirit within us.

And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. – John 17:11

Christ not only prayed for His twelve disciples, but included all those who believed through their testimony, which applies to all those who become His followers.

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. – John 17:20

Christians are not adopted children, but are Sons as legitimate as Christ.
Christians are not adopted children, but are Sons as legitimate as Christ.

Adoption vs Begotten

The idea that believers are 'only' adopted Sons of God and not begotten (born of God) is not true because the apostles stated we are born of God when we are born again by the Holy Spirit.

To redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. – Galatians 4:5

Does this preceding verse prove that believers are adopted sons and not begotten sons of God?

In the proper context, Paul is speaking to those under the Law explaining to them that they were adopted sons only until they had received the Holy Spirit, being born again.

In the very next verse it states that the Holy Spirit causes them to be born of Yahweh (born again) rather than remaining adopted.

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. – Galatians 4:6-7

Christ came to save the Jews who were adopted sons under the Law, but the Gentiles were included in the adoption until the Holy Spirit came.

They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. – Romans 9:4

The adoption was necessary so that they could receive the Holy Spirit that was promised to them.

Scripture reveals the experience of being born again,

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever – John 14:15-16

It was first doing the will of the Father and then the Holy Spirit would come and abide within them.

Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwell with you and will be in you. – John 14:17

The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit because they are not doing the will of the Father as it is a perquisite to receiving the Holy Spirit. If there is no intention to do His will, there will be no indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

When there is a genuine intention of the heart to do God's will, then Christ prays to the Father to send His Spirit to abide in them manifesting into begotten sons of God.

Unfortunately, religious traditions will keep many from receiving their inheritance as they believe that Christ the 'only' begotten Son never realizing that they too came become sons just like him.

The only way to be set free today is to become a begotten Son of God as a follower of Christ among the ekklesia he is building. Unfortunately, the man-driven religious system and their false doctrines of have barred many from being set free by the Holy Spirit.

So then, the Law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. – Galatians 3:24-26

How many teach that being brought unto Christ is simply about belief, but in practice completely neglects doing the will of the Father in the idolatry of their man-made traditions.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21

Before the Foundation of the World

The Father chose the work of Christ and the sonship of all who would follow him before the foundation of the world.

And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory I had with you before the world existed. – John 17:5

This verse applies to all followers of Christ before they existed too.

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. – Ephesians 1:4

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. – Matthew 25:24

When Christ prayed that the Father would glorify Him with the glory before the world existed, it would be the same glory that all believers would share with the Father too.

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one – John 17:22

The Father chose us to share the same glory as Christ did being one with the Him.

Oneness

The oneness Christ has with his Father is the same oneness all believers have. It is not a relationship that is 'only' unique to Christ, but to all his followers too. The unity with the Father is evident in Christ's prayer that we should be one with him just as he he also is also one with the Father.

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. – John 17:23

The will of the Father through Christ was that he would die on the cross so that the Holy Spirit would come. All those who believe in His Son would have the same relationship with the Father as he possessed, becoming sons also.

It is important to understand that the cross of Christ is nullified when people perceive Christ as the only Son having a 'unique,' or 'exclusive' relationship with the Father. This false belief bars others from becoming sons of God like Christ is also.

And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus – Ephesians 2:6

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. – John 17:14

Christ is not the only Son born of God. Our Saviour and the apostles taught that once a believer receives the Holy Spirit, they too are born again of Yahweh also.

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and spirit he cannot see the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit...

Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:3-8

All true believers become born of God by His Spirit just like Christ.

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of Him. – 1 John 2:29

False teaching will say that this next verse is exclusive 'only' to Christ,

Not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; He has seen the Father. – John 6:46

We can see in other Scripture verses that this is not so.

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4

Those who are born of the Holy Spirit are born of God and know the Father just as Christ does.

We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:6-7

It is not only Christ that has 'seen' the Father and knows the Father, but God's children also.

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen Him.” – John 14:7

Christ stated that he had many brothers, which would not make him the perpetually 'only' begotten son of the Father.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ – Matthew 25:40

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. – Romans 8:29

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. – Hebrews 1:6

I would hope you would agree that when we receive the Holy Spirit we become fellow brothers, joint heirs with Christ and children of God (Yahweh), our Father.

Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwell with you and will be in you. – John 14:17

Christ was born of flesh just like you and me.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. – John 3:6

See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” – Luke 24:39

Christ was the only begotten Son of God during his time on earth, but when his work was finished on the cross, the Holy Spirit came to all those who believe in him. All who are born again by the Spirit are begotten of the Father with the ability to have the same relationship that Christ has with Him.

If you believe Christ is still the only begotten son of the Father, then you may need to seriously re-evaluate your beliefs.

Do you believe that Christ still is the 'only' begotten son?

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Leon,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God Bless.

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      The Elijah Tribe 2 years ago from The Household of Sam Soleyn - Durban - South Africa

      Great article of us being the sons of God. A much needed shift that needs to become common among us. I do however believe that we are both begotten and adopted. In the book of Hebrews 2:10, the word for Brother is the greek word "adelphos" which means from the same womb. So we were in the womb of Father in Spirit before the foundation of the world. Our adoption process occurs when we receive the Spirit by which we cry Abba Father. The word Adoption in the NT means," a placing of a son". We do however come to the awareness of our adoption first before we understand that we are begotten of the Father In Christ. The OT saints were not adopted sons of God. The process of son ship begins with a Covenant . The OT saints lived under the Covenant of Law not under the Covenant of Sonship. The OT saints before the Covenant of Law was ratified was under the original Covenant of Sonship. But the children of Israel could not have sonship by adoption. Love the article. Bless you son of God.

      Grace and Peace

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Ginjill,

      I hope as you read the themes of the articles that they will encourage you to dig deeper into God's Word. The Spirit will lead us into all truth, but we must cast aside our reliance on man and their traditions as they have led many into deception.

      I personally believe that the Trinity doctrine is the reason that there is no victory in the lives of the people within the Church system because they have denied the spirit that is in unity with the Father and the Son for another separate "person" called the "Holy Spirit;" therefore, the oneness of being a new creation in one spirit with the Father and the Son is denied. The result manifests into no victory, power, or fruit.

      You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was PERFECTED - James 2:22

      But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been PERFECTED - 1 John 2:5

      I in them and You in Me, that they may be PERFECTED in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. - John 17:23

      Thank-you for sharing your thoughts. They are appreciated.

      God Bless

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      Ashley TKL 2 years ago

      I have read two of your hubs so far and find it a learning and assuring experience. In my search for truth, there has been many different interpretation of the word. From my own reading of the Bible, I came to see God as one. Did not think that the trinity was an issue and I have many other questions that no one seemed to be able to explain away to me.

      Because I want to persevere and seek His face, I keep learning and pray that the truth revealed to me is the leading of the Holy Spirit.

      There were times when I was reading the Bible, I felt touched and truly convicted, at the same time feeling a deep sorrow when I realized how ignorant I was at the beginning and after I would feel peace and joy in the words as I continue on. I do not have a mentor, but I am passionate and hungry for the truth. Most of the things you wrote are very much how I felt and there are new things that is revealed to me also.

      I will read the other hubs you have written and see if I have not many more to learn.

      I do examine things that i hear or read. But in doing so, I was being cautious. But I do believe that the truth will be revealed for those who seek with all their heart. .for It was written that "...you will find Me."

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Thank you for the link. I'll review it and see what comes of it.

      God bless.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      You are right, the the adoption ended upon the New Covenant. Whether the Jew, or the "Churchian" attempt to use "adopted," the New Covenant I believe is about becoming BEGOTTEN Sons of God.

      I concur that God has a plan for all those who lived and followed God under the Old Covenant. Additionally, I put Ekklesia in a few spots throughout the article to clarify what I mean when I am referring to a Christian, or true believer.

      I am not promoting this website, but I found an interesting article concerning the tribe of Dan on it that may help put some pieces together.

      http://www.hope-of-israel.org/i000035a.htm

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Well clearly Romans 8:4 does spell out, as you stated, the fact that they ( nation of Israel) are adopted sons. But I believe the context of the verse applies only up until the death of Jesus on the cross. From that time on I don't think the Old law even applies to those of the Jewish faith after Jesus death. The Old law ceased which means even for those who are Jews from the time of His death until now are under the New Covenant. Remember He took the sins of the Jews and Gentiles. However, many of those of the Jewish faith "after" His death and up til now, do not believe Jesus Christ was the son of God. Therefore, those (Jews) who don't believe (since His death) are neighter adopted nor begotten. I think this is made evident based on many of the verses you have quoted. I think it's safe to say the Holy Spirit does not dwell in those of the Jews faith, today, if we are to take John 3:3-8 and Galatians 3:24-26 at face value. Which of course I do.

      Now, with that said, I clearly believe God HAS A PLAN in place for those of the nation of Israel who "lived" from the time the Old Covenant was given to Moses up until the time Jesus died on the cross. But after his death the only option for all those who lived (Jews and gentile) and are living is the New covenant. Which is why Jesus died for all.

      Therefore I believe God has a plan for those adopted (those of the Nation of Israel) during the Old Covenant and those who are begotten (ekklesia) of the New Covenant. It is clearly spell out in many of the Old Testament prophecies such as in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and so on.

      Also, I think it would be very important to make it clear that it's the ekklesia who are the begotten sons (and daughters) since the death of Jesus, not ANY "church." And maybe this should be noted in the article.

      Your approach to this subject is very interesting which caused me to look further on the begotten issue and why I asked the questions. Clearly you have done much homework.

      This is off subject a bit but is something I wanted to ask you about that I have no clear answer for and maybe you can answer...... What is God's plan for those who were of the THIRD generation of Abraham's seeds who never left Egypt? I have pondered this for a very long time.

      Great article PandN. and yes; you have answered my question.

      God bless

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      We become begotten Sons of God by having faith in Jesus Christ. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit in a true believer is being obedient to the will of the Father by holding to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

      Scripture says that the nation of Israel were adopted into the family of God, called son(s) and firstborn.

      They are Israelites, AND TO THEM BELONG THE ADOPTION, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. – Romans 9:4

      Here is the evidence,

      Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is MY FIRSTBORN SON, and I say to you, “Let MY SON go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’” - Exodus 4:22-23

      “You are the SONS of the LORD your God. - Deuteronomy 14:1

      When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called MY SON. - Hosea 11:1

      For I am a FATHER TO ISRAEL, and Ephraim is my FIRSTBORN. – Jeremiah 31:9

      What I am trying to convey is that the Catholic Church system teaches that they are ONLY “adopted” by the Father. The mainstream Church system does this indirectly in practice remaining “adopted” by neglecting the Holy Spirit.

      It is true that the Old Law applied to the nation of Israel and God’s plan unfolded in the New Testament when the Gentiles were grafted into the adoption also.

      “Branches were broken off so that I might be GRAFTED IN.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. – Romans 11:19-21

      To become begotten Sons of the Father only comes by the working of the Holy Spirit, being born again, it is not simply remaining “adopted,” but having the Spirit of Christ in us. God will not spare those who are adopted remaining in a lifestyle of unbelief.

      If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and THE BRANCHES ARE GATHERED, THROWN INTO THE FIRE, AND BURNED. – John 15:6

      Israel as a nation were adopted as a Son of the Father, but each Christian through faith in Jesus Christ become begotten of the Father through grace by the working of the Holy Spirit.

      It is true that the Catholic Church is part of the anti-Christ system, but the mainstream Church system and their traditions originate from her, meaning that they worship the same antichrist god(s) that denies the Holy Spirit.

      What are your thoughts?

      I realize that this theme takes an unorthodox approach; therefore, I do appreciate any critique of the article.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Lifegate,

      Thanks for commenting and taking the time to read the article.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Unless I am misunderstanding the article it seems that you are saying that as true christian we are begotten sons of God do to our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Is it correct to say the Nathion of Israel, before Jesus death on the cross, were adopted sons? With regards to the catholic church, I have never regards them as anything except that they are part of the anti-Christ system and therefore in no way are they adopted or begotten sons. I ask these questions for clarification sake. I ask this because the Old Law applied to the Nation of Israel before Jesus death on the cross. And with the New Covenant we have the Spirit of grace. I just looking for help here.

      God Bless.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Interesting way of presenting the facts, PandN.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- I do have a few things to mention but not enoght time to mention them. I will add more of a comment later. But for now, thanks PandN for another great article