reply to post by jimmyjackblack
It always seems funny to me that when someone reads something in the bible that is difficult to understand, they go an English dictionary.
Better to go to a good Greek Lexicon, like Strong's.
In a few verses that use this particular word, the emphasis is on the uniqueness of the son.
The emphasis is not on how the son was conceived.
It might be better understood as,"the son, being the only son of the father."
The begotten thing is more applicable when the Bible talks about the saints becoming the sons of God.
In this application, it uses a different Greek word, where the emphasis is on the act of bringing something into being.
My way of understanding the relationship of God and Jesus is that Jesus holds a unique position.
Jesus is the only son who will be elevated to the point of nearly being equal to God.
We are taught a certain concept in the Bible about how God will be drawn to people who are like minded to Himself.
Jesus could have a personality that would have combined the best parts of the personalities of several different characters in the Bible.
God recognizes in Jesus a person who He believes He would have been, if He was a human.
So, God judges Jesus as a King would see his favorite son and pick to take over the Kingdom, after he becomes to old to carry on.
God sees Jesus and entrusts him to rise up to the level of God on Earth.
A lot of old scores will be settled with the transfer of power and much death will occur.
That is just how these things happens.
Consolidation of power, possible rivals and old enemies will be dealt with.
BTW-Blue letter bible blueletterbible.org...
[edit on 21-6-2008 by jmdewey60]