Trailing Jesus’ Purpose Through the Word, Begotten

Today’s blog is on John 1:29-34 .

This tidbit of Bible knowledge about Jesus begins with the word, begotten.  I’ve heard many discussions on that word, but none could come to one definitive conclusion.  This dictionary definition seems to clarify the issue.

Begotten: v.t. ‌ ‌be-got, be-got-ten‌ ‌be-got, be-get-ting.‌   1. ‌ (esp. of a male parent) to generate (offspring). (Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc.)

Begotten was typically used by a male parent.  This Middle English word speaks volumes for the truth about Jesus being human and sinless.  Only human fathers passed Adam’s sin to their offspring.  This is also in line with male genealogies in the Bible.  Adam’s sin was not passed on to Jesus, because his father was the one who created Adam who brought sin into the world.  His human mother could not pass Adam’s sin on to her son.  Jesus has two genealogies in the Bible that show his birthright to the throne of David, because Joseph and Mary were both of the tribe of Judah in direct line to David through the branches of his sons, Solomon and Nathan.  Joseph descended through Solomon and Mary descended through Nathan.  Jesus’ genealogy through his mother is through her father back to Adam.  However, Jesus’ father created Adam, so his personal genealogy is the shortest in the history of humankind, YaHavah to Jesus.

So, you see, begotten really does say a lot about Jesus’ birth and there is much more said throughout the Bible.  Begotten of YaHavah circumvented the sin issue, now let’s look at how that affects humankind.

(John 1:29-34, Word of YHVH Bible (WYB )  29The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of YHVH, which takes away the sin of the world.  30This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  31And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

32And John bare record, saying, I saw [YHVH’s] Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.   33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, “upon whom you shall see My Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with [My] Holy Spirit.”  34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of YHVH

Even though Jesus and John the Baptist were cousins in the tribes of Judah and Levi and their mothers were well known to each other, as reported by Luke, John is reported here as saying, “I knew him not” and “he was before me.”

Luke reported the birth of both John and Jesus and John was born three months before Jesus, so, how could Jesus be before John?

John learned the scriptures through his father, who was a Levite priest.  He knew the prophecies of the coming Messiah and that he himself was called to witness and acknowledge the Messiah as the Lamb of YaHavah.  John knew Jesus was in YaHavah’s plan from the beginning of creation; therefore, being in YaHavah’s pre-creation plan, the son of YHVH was before him, even before John and Jesus were born.  They each had a purpose in YaHavah’s plan to destroy the sin of Adam in the world and the instigator of that sin, Satan.

John was called to baptize (human flesh) in water and witness the entrance of Messiah who would baptize (human spirit) in the Spirit of YaHavah.   The baptism of John is the washing in water to repentance.  (Matthew 3:11; Acts 13:24; Luke 20:1-8; Acts 19:1-5; Acts 20:22-26) Spirit baptism through Jesus is to salvation.  Together, they wash both the outside and inside, the flesh and the spirit.  Flesh is flesh and spirit is spirit.

(John 3:5-8, WYB)  5Jesus answered, In truth, I say to you, Except a man be born of water, even Yah’s Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of YHVH.   6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of (YHVH’s) Spirit is spirit.  7Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again.  8The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell from where it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of (YHVH’s) Spirit.

Jesus’ intent in verse 5 was to show that the (Living) Water of YaHavah’s Spirit and the (Living) Water of His Word washes (baptizes) the human spirit.

The sign for the entrance of Messiah was the descending dove onto the shoulder of Jesus and the confirming voice of his Father from heaven.  The dove represented the prophesied anointing of the Holy One in the Spirit of YaHavah. (Isaiah 11:1-5; Daniel 9:24) The Hebrew Messiah and the Greek Christos mean, anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah.  To full-fledged believers of Jesus, the same anointing is for the spirit to be born again to become Christians (anointed ones) whose new home is in the Kingdom of Heaven.  They live in the world but not of the world.

In answer to some criticisms, I realize that my writing style is definitive and often sounds absolute, leaving my readers seemingly with no response.  This is a trait that often offends others. However, when writing about the Bible one should clearly define the truth of the Bible.  It is a book of awareness and answers, not questions and wavering notions of what someone thinks it says.  YaHavah is the teacher of all who are reborn by His Spirit.  That is a joy to my heart that makes me want to shout the truth from roof-tops (or worldwide by the internet).  I am not ashamed of the truth.

Apostle John and John the Baptist reported the truth straight up and without shame.  Saying I am not ashamed of the truth is not arrogance, but humility, because the truth belongs to YaHavah and Jesus, and all who are now part of the Kingdom of YaHavah.

May the peace of YaHavah be with you all.

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About Mary Lewis *

Retired senior citizen and Christian writer. My ministry in writing is to encourage all people to learn how to test the spirit of what they see, hear, and think to see if it is from YaHavah, our creator, before they act on it. There is always something to learn about YaHavah and Jesus and never risk becoming a know-it-all.
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