Does Acts 13:33 mean that Jesus was not the Son of God until he was raised out of death? Does John 1:13,14 mean that the man Jesus was born “of the Logos” of verse 1? This are some claims that one made in a Facebook forum, and we will address these claims in this short study.
According to Acts 13:33, Jesus was begotten, brought forth, out of death, by means of his being resurrected.
The Bible shows that Jesus is begotten three times:
(1) as the firstborn creature. — Colossians 1:15; Proverbs 8:22-25.
(2) of the holy spirit as a human. — Matthew 1:20.
(3) from the dead when raised from the dead. — Psalm 2:7; Acts 13:33; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 1:5; 5:5.
John 1:12 But as many as received him [The Logos of verse 1], to them he [the Logos of verse 1] gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name [the name of the Logos of verse 1]:
John 1:13 who [those who believe in the Logos of verse 1] were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [by means of God’s Holy Spirit]
John 1:14 The Word [the Logos of verse 1] became flesh, and [the Logos of verse 1] lived among us. We saw his glory [the terrestrial glory (1 Corinthians 15:39-41) of the Logos of verse 1 in the flesh], such glory as of the only Son of the Father [who is thus identified as the Logos of verse 1], full of grace and truth.
Nothing in these verses say anything to the effect the Logos being referred to in John 1:12-14 was born of the Logos of verse 1. Verse 13 is not speaking of the Logos as being born, but of those who believe the Logos who became flesh. As a human being, however, the Logos was indeed not born of man, but of God, for his body was specially prepared by God. (John 8:23; Hebrews 10:5) Likewise, those who become new creatures and heirs of God do not become such because of being born of a certain human bloodline, but the new creature is born of God, not of this world that is condemned in Adam. Jesus’ fleshly body was prepared, formed, by God through God’s holy spirit. (Hebrews 10:5, Matthew 1:20) If this were not true, and Jesus had the taint of the blood of sinful flesh, then he would have been born a sinner as all the rest of the world, and there has been nothing to give as a ransom for mankind. — John 3:17; 6:51; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22; Galatians 1:4; 2:20; Ephesians 5:2,25; 1 Timothy 2:5,6; Hebrews 10:10; Titus 2:14; 1 John 2:2; 4:9,10.
John 1:14 tells us that the Logos of verse one became, or was made, flesh. It definitely says nothing to the effect the Logos was made flesh by the Logos of verse 1. Jesus, in effect, declared himself to be the Logos was with the only true God (John 1:1) before the world of mankind had been made through him. — John 1:10; 17:1,3,5.Click here for reuse options!
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