Monday, July 5, 2010

daily text 7/5

Monday, July 5th, 2010
"If you are a son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread." (Matthew 4:3)

Jesus is not just "a son of God." Jesus is rightly called "the only-begotten Son of God." (John 3:16, 18) The Greek word translated "only-begotten" has been defined as "single of its kind, only," "the only member of a kin or kind," or "unique." Jesus is unique in that he is the sole direct creation of his Father. He is the first-born Son. In fact, he is"the first-born of all creation." (Colossians 1:15) He is "the beginning of the creation by God." (Revelation 3:14) The only-begotten Son's role in creation is also unique. He was not the Creator, or Originator, or creation. But Jehovah used him as the agent, or means, to create all other things. (John 1:3) The apostle Paul wrote: "There is actually to us one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him."—1 Corinthians 8:6.
(Watchtower issue 12/15/08, 3:3, 4)

It's interesting how Jesus almost plays a double role as *mediator* between God and mankind,...because not only were humans reconciled to God through Jesus' sacrifice for atonement of sins, but humankind (along with all other creation) was originally brought into existence by God through Jesus, as well.

That's also one of the most powerful arguments against the Trinity doctrine, isn't it?
Because it specifically testifies to the fact that Jesus had a beginning, whereas Jehovah did not have a beginning. (Jehovah IS the beginning)...He's the Alpha and the Omega....the beginning and the end. (Revelation 1:8).

And just to illustrate the impossibility of trying to claim that Jehovah and Jesus are literally ONE being or entity, think about it from a scientific/genetic perspective. Even if a person actually decided to clone themselves,...the cloned self and the original self would NOT be the same person. The clone would still be a separate, distinct individual. (despite being an exact genetic duplicate or replica).
I just thought of that right now...pretty good analogy, aye? (Not that Jehovah and Jesus are clones), but you know what I mean. I'll have to remember that when I'm talking to a Trinitarian. =)