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Divinity of Christ, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III
14- Jesus is the Only Son of God
With Respect to Him Being the Only Son of God
The Lord Jesus Christ was called the only Son of God to distinguish Him from the rest of God's children who are called children through love, faith and adoption. He is the Only Son, who has the same Nature, Essence and Divinity with God. Christ was called 'the Only Son' in the following places:
(1) "No one has seen
God at any time. The Only Begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him" (Jn. 1:18). This means that Christ declared God and we knew God through His seen Incarnate Son, whereas the Father can not be seen in His Divinity.
(2) "For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (Jn. 3:16).
(3) "He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God' (Jn. 3:18).
If belief in This Only Son gives everlasting life and takes away condemnation, then this is proof of His Divinity.
(4) "In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His Only Begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him" (1 Jn. 4:9). We cannot live through Him unless He is God Himself because God is the Source of life.
(5) "And the Word became 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" (Jn. 1: 14). Here the Evangelist is talking about the glory that befits Christ as the Only Son of God.
These are five verses in the Holy Bible which speak about Christ the Lord as the Only Son of the Father and distinguish Him from the rest of mankind, and we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other pages. We have spoken in detail about the Divinity of the Son in the previous proof. It suffices that according to the above verses, Christ is the Source of life, everlasting life is through Him, belief in Him delivers from condemnation and judgment, as not believing in Him brings condemnation, and He has the glory befitting the Only Son of God. And the mere belief in Him proves His Divinity as we will explain.
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