Begotten and Created: The Difference and Why it Matters

By Daniel Edward

Begotten of the Father

The Miriam-Webster online dictionary defines the term beget, as “to procreate as the father”. Procreation, by its nature, speaks to bringing about something that is quite similar to the parents. Similar in genetic makeup, physical appearance, and various other observable traits. I have begotten my daughters, for example. I did not, however, beget the wooden workbench in my garage. I created the workbench in my garage. John 1:14 (KJV) reads:

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. [emphasis mine]

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It is important to note the choice of words here. John did not write that Jesus was created of the father, but begotten. This is similar language to John 3:16 (KJV):

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [emphasis mine]

Certainly God has no use for physical procreation as we know it; however, Mary was used to bring Jesus (one-third of the Trinity) through the stages of humanity. No where in the Bible does it say that God created Jesus, but what difference does it make?

Created of the Father

The Miriam-Webster online dictionary defines the term create, as “to bring into existence”. To have created something that thing must not have existed before. Otherwise, the thing was not really created. This is where the importance of the choice of words used in the Bible to describe the relationship of God and Jesus is important. Jesus was not created. Jesus always existed. As part of the Trinity Jesus is omnipresent – the uncreated creator…


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