An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

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)

In every area of human endeavour there are men and women who distinguish themselves as unique. In terms of such things as talent, ability, brilliance, creativity, courage, and raw determination, these people stand head and shoulders above the rest. None of their opponents or detractors were able to best them, and none of their later imitators have been able to achieve and accomplish all that they did. In sacred history, we think of men like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Job, David, Daniel, and Paul as men whose amazing life histories and accomplishments are without equal. The Supreme example of course is Jesus of Nazareth, Whose Person and work are infinitely greater, being more impressive and significant that those of history’s greatest figures. Today’s verse passage refers to Him as God’s “only begotten Son.” The Greek term, monogenes, is a compound word which signifies the Lord’s uniqueness. Mono refers to one and only, genes refers to the class of being to which the Lord belongs. As the term indicates, our Lord belongs in a class to Himself; He is God’s Son in a way that angels and men are not. The writer to the Hebrews offers us insight in this connection. God, he says, “hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:2-3). Christ our Lord is, in His essential nature and character, the very radiance or effulgence of God’s own glory. He is the exact representation of Almighty God; He is eternal, uncreated divinity stamped into human flesh. Angels are called sons of God by reason of their being created directly, suddenly, and supernaturally (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7) as was our progenitor, Adam (Luke 3:38; cf Genesis 2:7). But Christ is uniquely the Son of God; He is called God’s Son by virtue of the fact that He shares the same nature, character, powers and perfections as His Father. To see Him is to see God (John 14:9; Colossians 1:15; 2:9). As we traffic through this life, we must resist the temptation to blindly follow and emulate those the world deems impressive and significant. “That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” said Jesus (Luke 16:15). We gain nothing by becoming cheap imitations of worldly figures, no matter how many accolades the world heaps upon them. Rather, we are called to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6). We are to submit to God and imitate Him (Ephesians 5:1). Dying to self, we, like our Savior, take on positions of unique importance in the Kingdom of God also. May this be true of us today, for God’s glory and for the good of others. Amen!

God bless,

pastor john