Creed: Jesus ... the Only Begotten Son
- Monday, April 11, 2005
That He gave—The word “gave,” in the Greek is didomi, which denotes “a gift.”
Allow me to say that again: a gift!
It Really Is Christmas!
My brother is the coolest, bestest Christmas shopper around. For years—and I don’t know if he still does this or not—he went shopping daily for Christmas gifts. Not that he couldn’t find it all the first time out. No. Rather, he took a day (or part of a day) to shop for one person in particular. He didn’t say, “Saturday I’ll go Christmas shopping,” then head out with a list of names and some “suggestions.” He took his time seeking out the perfect gift for those he loves.
One could always bet on a personal, perfect gift on Christmas morning if their name was on his list.
God’s Christmas gift to us is like that. He’s not just buying stuff and wrapping it willy-nilly, then slinging it under our holiday tree. He sent His Son…the best He could send. Giving up His Son was an act of such unselfish love and desire; it truly was and is a gift.
It’s Not Just Greek to Me
So, let’s get back to the beloved verse.
His only begotten—Monogenes. It means, “one of a kind.” Or, “the one and only.” Typically used by parents of their “only child,” it is used here to show God’s only Son that is of a divine nature with Him. Yes, we are God’s children—adopted sons and daughters—but Jesus and the Father are one. “God of God,” the Nicene Creed says.
Very God of Very God.
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