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What is meaning of only begotten Son?

Submitted: 5/6/2013
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Question: Why does John 3:16 say 'the only begotten Son' when we know that Jesus is GOD?

Answer: Even though we understand that Jesus is God, we must also recognize that He became a man. The term 'only begotten Son' refers specifically to God in the flesh. We never want to separate His humanity from His deity because God is one, but we can make a distinction between them (just as the Bible does on occasion). For a more complete explanation, please read our article called 'God Manifested,' which can be found on the Apostolic Free Library on this website.