- Jesus became the Son of God in a newer sense at the incarnation (Luke 1:35)
- While in another [third sense], He became a Son of God when he was resurrected (Romans 1:3-4).
- He was also the only begotten Son of God from eternity (John 3:16).
As to the complete implications of the sense in which Jesus was begotten in eternity is not clearly revealed in scripture, and hence, is a Godhead mystery (Job 11:7) -- and we must avoid any speculation over things which are not clearly revealed in scriptures (Deuteronomy 29:28). But the scriptures are very clear that Christ did not have a beginning point in eternity.
I came out from God (John 16:27-28)
A common New Testament verb, ekerkomai, meaning to “go or come out from” is used by several to indicate that Jesus claimed to have emanated bodily from the Father.
But how is ekerkomai used in the New Testament?
The first three uses are given here just to settle the fact that ekerkomai most often simply means to come from one location to another.
Matthew 2:6 For out of thee, [Bethlehem,] shall come (1831 - Strongs Concordance) a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Matthew 5:26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come <1831> out [of jail], till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Matthew 8:28 There met [Jesus] two possessed with devils, coming <1831> out of the tombs...
Mark 5:8 For He said unto him, "Come out (1831)> from the man, thou unclean spirit!"
I was brought forth (Proverbs 8)?
Proverbs 8: 22-24, 30 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
Proverbs chapter 8 in no way gives the idea that Jesus had a beginning. Here is why:
- If Jesus had a beginning, then the Father had a beginning too, since the verse speaks of the “beginning of HIS (the Father’s) way” or the Fathers beginning.
- When it is says, ‘I was brought up WITH him [the Father] -v30,’ it suggests that the Father and Jesus were brought up together. It does not say that He was brought up by Him, but ‘with’ Him.
- Brought Forth -v24 - the Hebrew word here is "chul, chyl." Its use in reference to birth is derived from the fact that it has a meaning of “writhing in pain.” Such a reference would be a poor one to describe a Birth taking place before the curse that made birthing painful.
Given to the Son to have life in himself (John 5:26)?
The following has been placed at the forefront as a passage that can be used to proclaim Christ non-existent at one point in time.
John 5:26,27, "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
The next verse provides the essential information. Here are verses 26 and 27: “26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” The conjunction “And” and the use of the adverb “also,” meaning “in addition to,” in verse 27, indicate that the two verses are connected and that having life in himself and authority to execute judgment are related to His status as the “Son of man” in verse 27. This text therefore cannot apply to the pre-existence of Christ. In John 5:26, Jesus is speaking of conditions that apply in His incarnation.
The TRUE Son of God?
It is also claimed that for Christ to be the "TRUE" Son of God, he must literally inherit from the Father His attributes. This idea is in opposition to the word of God as it repeatedly portrays only the sons born “of promise” are counted as TRUE (Romans 9:6-8). Throughout scripture, inheritance has been only partially connected to DNA.