“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” – John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: The monogene is Christ, the savior of the world.

By definition, if someone is the only begotten son, it implies he does not have any sibling. And according to our key scripture, the Bible uses this designation exclusively for Jesus Christ. But in the epistles, Jesus Christ is also called “the first born son of God”. In Romans 8:29, He is called “the firstborn among many brethren”; in Colossians 1:18, he is called “the firstborn from the dead”; and in Revelation 1:5, he is called “the first begotten of the dead”. All of these mean one and the same thing and very instructive.  “Monogenes” is the Greek word translated as the “only begotten” in our theme text and it is used to describe the nature of Jesus’ birth; it implies the only person born in that pattern – talking about the way Jesus Christ was conceived and was born. No one has been born in that way except Himself and no one will ever be born in that way. Surprisingly, when Jesus (the Monogenes) lived and walked the face of the earth, men of His days knew very little about Him because they lacked the revelation about Him. They only knew Him as the son of Joseph, the carpenter. That was why in Matthew 16:13-14 Jesus demanded his disciple’s opinion about his identity which was intended to bring clarity about His true personality. “When Jesus came into the coast of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples saying, whom do men say that I the son of man am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets”. Remember earlier in Matthew 10, He had sent His disciples into the cities to preach and they must have heard of the people’s diverse opinion about His identity. Hence, He asked them saying “Whom do men say that I the son of man am?”  Peter’s response in verse 16 unfolded the mystery of His identity. “And Simon peter answered and said, thou art the Christ, the son of the living God”. Meaning that the “Monogenes” is the Christ, the messiah and the saviour of the whole world. And Jesus responded by saying, “…. Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17). The fact therefore is that, if it required revelation from God to know “the only begotten” (Monogenes), it will therefore require a deeper revelation to know “the first begotten” (Greek: Prototokos)”. “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more” (2 Corinthians 5:16). “Prototokos” means prototype, model or sample. This will be unfolded in our subsequent study.

INSTRUCTION: Follow the pattern.

PRAYER: I acknowledge that Christ is the pattern for me; therefore, as Christ is, so I am in this world, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Christ is the pattern, the prototype.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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