Take the word of God as a seed and contrast the spiritual birth with being born of the flesh. When a child is conceived in the womb of its mother the seed of the man unites with the egg and fertilizes it. That seed contains the blueprint for the child even before it starts growing. In fact even before sperm unites with egg the child preexists in the seed. Not in any literal sense, of course, but because the seed contains the genetic code of its parents that determines what that baby will look like. In that sense every child who is born into this world is, as John 3 puts it, of the earth.
But Jesus had no human father. The seed that was planted in the womb of his mother Mary was not the seed that came from men or from any fleshly union. Just as Isaac was born of the word of promise so was Jesus, but much more so. Isaac was born as the result of what God said to Sarah and from the promise that God had made previously to Abraham. But Jesus was the word made flesh. What this means is that Jesus is the result of all of God’s promises and all of God’s words since the beginning. Peter puts it this way, just before those words we looked at concerning being born again of the word of God:
In the beginning, before the foundation of the world, God had a plan in his word – a word of promise – and it produced his son who was born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And in that sense he is the monogenes of God, the unique, the one and only Son of God.
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
I found this interesting verse today that sets the events out plainly!
Ac 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens set out in detail
, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
You will notice "heavens opened" is replaced by the original words:
διηνυμενουσ=set out in detail is the actual translation and not ανεφγρενουσ=
having been opened
Codex Vaticanus (B),( Codex Sinaiticus ) (Codicem Alexandrinum)
The use of the term Son of God in the case of Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, simply means that He had something of the nature of God. The religious authorities, at that time, knew that for someone to call himself the Son of God was to claim in some way to possess something of the nature of God.
Hebrew and in turn Greek and Latin have influenced many other languages including the English language. Failure to understand the use of words in these languages sometimes leads to rather funny interpretations.
The word in question is 3439 monogenhv monogenes mon-og-en-ace'which the English translators of the KJV (King James translation of the Bible) chose, in some, but not all cases, to be represented by "only begotten". However the word "monogenes" does not accurately reflect the true meaning in the Hebrew Bible. "Monogenes" was chosen to represent an expression of endearment in the Hebrew. The term means any of three things:
Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
1Jo 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
ie. AV-only begotten 6, only 2, only child 1; 9;1) single of its kind, only; 1a) used of only sons or daughters (viewed in relation to their parents); 1b) used of Christ, denotes the only begotten son of God
And secondly 1080 gennaw gennao ghen-nah'-o AV-begat 49, be born 39, bear 2, gender 2, bring forth 1, be delivered as in 1Jo 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
And thirdly 4416 prwtotokov prototokos pro-tot-ok'-os represents AV-firstborn 7, first begotten 2; 9; 1) the firstborn 1a) of man or beast
Re 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
The passage in Psalm 2:7 reads: 03205 dly yalad yaw-lad' AV-beget 201, bare 110, born 79, bring forth 25, bear 23, travail 16, midwife 10, child 8, delivered 5, borne 3, birth 2, labour 2, brought up
"I will declare the decree: The LORD said to Me. "You are My Son, today have I begotten you."
"The only way these things can be understood is in light of the words of our Sages about the suffering of Moshiach, "who suffers our illnesses and bears our pain." From their words we derive our faith that very soon we will merit the fulfillment of the verse "I have begotten you this day".
2. The term "3316 mesithv mesites mes-ee'-tace" is used of Messiah in the sense that He intercedes in the presence of God on behalf of believers for ratifying a covenant.
3. The Messiah taught that God was Spirit and that true worshippers would worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.(John 4:23). Messiah also taught that to enter the Kingdom of God one had to be born of the Spirit. He said: Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
1Jo 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
1Jn 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.