Written By Thomas Perez. September 23, 2020 at 5:23PM. Copyright 2020.
“Psalms 2:12 KJV: Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.”
Recently I’ve seen a post shared on Facebook that failed big time, theologically that is. An individual (blogger) cited that he is not a Trinitarian or Oneness believer, and he gave his reasons why. He cited the same ol’ arguments that Arian quoted almost 2000 years ago. He also cited some Greek, albeit, very poorly done. Needless to say, I have dealt with many different views pertaining to the “Nature of Christ.” I have written quite a few articles on the topic, which can be found here in this category. But allow me to go a bit further using the Greek references the blogger mentioned – which, in all fairness, was actually only one Greek word.
Let us Begin
The blogger used the word “image” to show us that Jesus was nothing but a mere image of the Father. The word he used for ‘image’ was 1504 (from Strongs Hebrew Concordance – SHC). It is stated there that an image is, “a representation” “a resemblance,” etc. It is used in Col 1:15 in reference to Jesus. And it is because of this one verse he runs away with the idea that Christ could not be God (trinitarian or Oneness). He also quotes other verses. Verses that I have dealt with already on this website. But lets get back to the Greek. In SHC 1504 it states that; “it is an image” – hence, the blogger is correct. But the blogger fails to mention what type of “image” came from the Father. Question: What was begotten from the Father? Answer: Please simply look one numerical number up in the SHC – and that is number is 1503 – there it is stated that the word “image” means to become faint – a copy. Now look up 1502 – “Image” also means to “yield” “to become weak.” This is something the blogger failed to quote.
The image that came from the Father was that of a weak image, a fainting image. If we are to believe that Jesus was, and is, all God and all Man, we must accept the fact that in Him dwelt all the Fullness of the Godhead/deity bodily – Col 2:9. But yet as a Man He was also a fainting weak image – “a phantom.” The word “phantom” comes from the Hebrew “Let us make Man in our image” – Gen 1:26. The word “image” is revealed as in something dying already – as in Jesus’ cellular makeup. Cells die daily in all flesh; we know this to be a fact. However, the fact that all cells die daily at the moment of birth, and that the word “phantom” is used in conjunction with the physical body of Christ as something that is fading and weak, in no aspect of truth gives credence to the Gnostic interpretation of physical attributes.
The Gnostics denied a physical Christ – which also follows a denial of His physical resurrection; claiming it to be, not only of a phantom state, but an unrealistic reality; a spirit form of some sort – something intangible. This is not what the Scriptures reveal. On the contrary, it reveals a physical phantom of sorts. A phantom that is only fading, dying and weakening. Fading, dying and weakening are phyical realities; they are not of the spirit. Again, on the contrary the Spirit is eternal – Hebrews 9:14. Hence, when the act of “begotting” became a reality for God, God in Christ became weak; often calling upon God in His omnipresent fashion to act upon His (Jesus’) own behalf through prayer since He was now limited – not omnipresent in Jesus’ body, but yet omnipresent in Spirit – Jn 4:24. Hence the term, “The Father is greater than I.” But yet we all know for a fact that Jesus is the Father as stated in Isa 7:14, 9:6 and Jn 1:1, 14, etc. Such was the result of begotting His begotten.
Let us now look up the word “Begotten” as in John 3:16 – of which the blogger quotes. But as he is quoting the verse he instead chooses to say; quote – “We dont know how its possible, so lets not speculate.” Unquote. Meaning, we ought not to speculate the manner of “Begotten.” Odd, wouldn’t you agree? But in this article we shall speculate. Well, not really, because there is no need to. The Greek reveals what the word “Begotten” really means. The Greek word used in John 3:16 for “Begotten” is SHC 3439 – which means “only born” “sole.” But it comes from 3441 “Sole” “Single” and the biggie found in 1096 – means “Voice form” “to become” as in a action verb, “come into being.”
Applying the Logic
We all know that Jesus is called the Word of God (the Voice), and that the Word is God – John 1:1. We also know that the Word became flesh – Vs 14. We also know that Jesus is called the Saviour in Luke 2:11, Titus 2:13, 3:6, etc. But in Isaiah 43:10-11 and 44:8, we read, “There is only One God and One Saviour. There are no other saviours. Neither would there be after Me” (God). No god shall be formed after me as well. Moreover, Isa 45:21 says that “God is our only Saviour.” Isa 60:16 says that our Father God is our One and only Redeemer. Sounds like a contradiction between that of the New Testament and Old Testament, doesn’t it? Rest assured, it is not a contradiction. Just simply ask yourself the following questions: How many Saviours are there? How many Redeemers are there? How many Lords are there? How many Gods are there? The answer should be quite obvious by now. And that answer is the Oneness belief.
The Oneness belief is the better exegesis, as opposed to the trinitarian concept or the out right denial of Jesus’ deity and divinity as being the Father – Lord – Son – Begotten – Sole Being – Fainted – Weak – as recorded in Philippians Chapter 2, and the Holy Spirit, as recorded in II Cor 3:17, where it is stated that The Spirit is Lord; along with Gal 4:6 The Spirit is the Son, Luke 3:22 The Spirit is The Father, Acts 5:1-4, 2 Sam 23:2-3, Psa 139:7-13, and John 4:24 God is The Holy Spirit. Moreover, we also read where Jesus actually calls Himself The Almighy in Rev 1:8,11,17-18, 22:12-13. Now, when we match that with Isa 41:4, 44:6, and 48:12, it not only becomes blatantly obvious, but it also becomes undeniable. This is what is meant by “Firstborn of all creation” in Col 1:15. The word “Firstborn” in this instance comes from the Greek word “prototokos” found in – 4416 & 4413, meaning “rank” not in creation – but by “Begotten.” For Jesus Himself said I came forth/from – and out of the Father. It/He is Father’s Sophia. Hence the term and phrase, “The Son of God.”