John 1:14 ¶ And the Word became 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.
Sometimes we take spiritual truths for granted. For example, what did the Father mean by calling Jesus His only begotten Son? Why did the Jewish leaders charge Jesus with blasphemy when He said He was the Son of God? I guess to understand this we must understand what it means to have a child. I remember the day my firstborn son was born and it dawned on me that I was a father. All of God’s creatures participate in something like this through procreation. Every creature reproduces after its kind. For God to have a begotten and not a created Son is quite unique. The Jewish leaders didn’t believe it but they clearly understood the implications. An uncreated, begotten Son would share the same essence as the Father. In other words, God’s Son is also God. Here is how Martin Luther described this mystery speaking of today’s scripture verse.
“This is the first time that John called the Word the only Son of the Father. You might have wondered who the Word was when John said, “In the beginning was the Word”, “Through him all things were made”, and “In him was life, and that life was the light of men”. In this passage you can see that the Word, who existed with the Father from eternity and is the light for humanity, is God’s only Son. The Word alone is the Son, and no one else. Now we know what John meant when he used the term Word. From verse 14 on, John will speak plainly about Christ’s kingdom. Up to this point, he spoke with strange and unusual words. They weren’t clear in any language. But now he says, “The Word is the one and only Son.”
But are not we also sons of God? Yes, but not the same as a begotten Son. We are created not begotten. We are the handiwork of the Father. We have become adopted sons according to the Apostle Paul. Rom. 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”” The good news is this, our adoption has caused us to be fellow heirs with Jesus, the Son of God. We have the same access to fellowship with the Father that Jesus has enjoyed for eternity. Words can’t describe it, all I can say is that it is better than we can even imagine.