Jesus Christ – the “First Begotten” of All Things

… and the first begotten of the dead…” (Rev 1:5)

Jesus Christ is the “first begotten” in all things good and of importance to almighty God, and ultimately to us. Jesus is first and above all – he is preeminent meaning “Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding.” The heavenly Father has determined that Jesus is and will be preeminent in all things to us. Beautiful SunriseThe scriptures state of Jesus:

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” (Collosians 1:15-19)

So it was only consistent and right that Jesus should be the “firstborn from the dead” or the first of the resurrection. This is why the scriptures also state that after Christ arose that “… the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” (Matthew 27:52-53) In addition: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ” (1 Peter 1:3 )

It is only by Jesus that any part of our existence has come into being. The scriptures describe Jesus as having always existed:

  • “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8 )
  • “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelations 1:8 )

But the scriptures also plainly teach that Jesus is begotten of the heavenly Father. Don’t ask me to explain what God fully means by begotten, and yet always “was”. I was not there before the world was; how could I explain such things. God the Father is not confused and knows exactly what he means when he states Jesus is his “only begotten son”. I think we are very limited in our ability to understand some things since we, in our current state, are very time oriented creatures with a very short existence and limited capabilities to fully comprehend concepts like “forever”. God is not limited by our limitations, so what he fully means by Jesus being his “only begotten” is beyond us in this life. Reasoning according to our physical life and how begotten happens on earth could lead us to concluding the idea that Jesus was created by God – which conflicts with the rest of the scriptures. Jesus has always been and is forever. I believe the most important thing the Father wants us to understand when he describes his Son as his “begotten” is that Jesus was sent from God – and in that sense he was “begotten” from God. Additionally, “only begotten” means that Jesus is most precious to the Father and he wants us to hold his Son in the most highest position and respect because he was the only one sent from the Father that can save us!

Now the scriptures also teach that it is through God’s only begotten son that all other things came into being: and it is only by his Son that anyone will be saved and resurrected:

  • “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  • “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ” (John 3:18 )
  • “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. ” (Acts 13:33 )
  • “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” (Hebrews 1:5-6)
  • “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.” (Hebrews 5:5)
  • “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)

We have no ability to reach God or understand who he is, but through Jesus Christ: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. ” (John 1:18 )

Finally, if we are “begotton of him” or spiritually “born again” then we will reflect the example of faithfulness and love that Jesus left.

“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:1-5)

“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” (1 John 5:18 )

8 responses to “Jesus Christ – the “First Begotten” of All Things

  1. Thank you for your explanation on the mysterious but Biblical teaching on the Lord Jesus as the eternally begotten Son of God. I am blessed. I love and adore the Lord Jesus. And your explanation makes me love Him more. God bless you

  2. I truly believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and that he existed eternally with the Father, as we see in John 1:1,14.”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14.And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. This clearly shows Jesus eternal existance with the Father and that he is God. When Moses asked God, whom shall I say that sent me and when they shall say to me, what is his name? God said, say, I AM hath sent me unto thee. Jesus was asked, you are only thirty years and are you greater than our father Abraham? Jesus replied, before Abraham was I AM. We are having a strugle in our Sunday School that Jesus was created by God, this started when Revelations 3:14 was read.”And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” I believe that it pleased the Father that in the Son, Jesus Christ, that all things in heaven and on earth that all things would be created by him and through him and that through him all things consist and not that Jesus was created by God, how could God create the Amen that already eternally existed with Him. Proverbs 8:23.”I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” This shows that Jesus Christ( from everlasting) always was with the Father, or let me ask a question? Where does everlasting start or where does it begin if it is from everlasting? Blessed be his name, for ever, and for ever. Amen.

  3. Thank you so very much. I’m tired of Christian doctrines that teach as if they know the nature of God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ. It is one of my hang-ups when searching for fellowship. I hear things like “Jesus is an Archangel” or “Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are all one being, the same yet seperate” (holy trinity). The truth is, there is nothing concrete that biblically supports either theory. That being said, it is not for our understanding, at least while human (sinners) to understand.

    If my understanding of your article, as well as biblically, please correct me, and perhaps help lead me to proper understanding.



  4. John, thank you for your comment.

    The trinity can be a difficult concept if we try to understand it just from the mind – because it is not a conceptual oneness. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one in love. It is the divine sacrificial love that causes them to be one. And this is how we can be one with the Lord, and one with one another – it takes a sacrificial love that comes into our hearts when we fully forsake sin and give all our heart and life to him. If we are a sinners, this is hard to understand, but if we are no longer sinners through the delivering power of Christ, the sacrificial love in our hearts enables us to comprehend many deep things.

    The scriptures below can help us with this understanding:

    “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)

    “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)

    “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:21-23)

  5. Thank you and yes, Jesus is God! In the book of Genesis, the Bible say, Let Us make man in our own image, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are all present. In Colosians chapter 1:16-17, the Bible also says that all things were created by Him and for Him, which is talking about Jesus our Lord. In Hebrews chapter 1:8, the Father called Jesus God. In the book of Revelation, He is called Lord of lords and King of kings.

  6. Thank you and that is true, Jesus is God. In Genesis 1:26 “Let Us make man in Our own image”. In Colosians 1:17 “All things were created by Him and for Him. In Revelation, He is called Lord of lords and King of kings.

  7. Tyrone, the verse you refer to that gave some problems in your Sunday class is a result of problems with interpreting the word “beginning”. Whenever a Bible verse, often the only one of it’s kind, appears to contradict verses we know and understand, it may be a problem with interpretation. The verse I am referring to is Rev. 3:14 which says ” And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; “. In order to understand the word “beginning”, let’s go back to the beginning of creation in Genesis chapter 1. The third word in this chapter is “beginning”. If we go to the third word in John chapter 1 we see that ” In the beginning was the word “. I believe the beginning of creation was the spoken word when God said ” Let there be “. You know the rest of the story. Jerry

  8. Thank you. I was studying this morning and wanted to understand what does the Begotten encompass. It is getting clearer.

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