GOrwellWhat do Trinitarians believe are the difference(s) between being "begotten" and being "created," in the sense of not having existence, and now existing? How can a "begotten" Person in the Godhead be uncreated?
The words used is monogenés which means "ony born" or "only child".
Jesus is Creator, not the created. The NWT lies and adds a word to Jesus creation "all [other] things" Colossians 1:16
He did not come after the beginning, He is THE beginning, just as the Father.
Regarding why He came as a Mediator and indeed, how He can be a Mediator, watch the sermon here
Pastor Mark Driscoll | November 27, 2005 | 01hr:00mn
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“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom…”1 Timothy 2:5-6
Debt. In considering the word, most people think of their financial debt and their obligations to various debtors. For example, the average twenty-one year-old has five credit cards with an average debt of $3,000, while 23 percent have credit card debt of $3,000 to $7,000, and 10 percent have credit card debt exceeding $7,000.
In the U.S. there are over four credit cards in circulation for every man, woman, and child. Personal debt, excluding mortgages, averages $19,000 per household, over half of which is on credit cards. And, over 40 percent of all U.S. families spend more each year than they earn. Simply, Americans are in financial debt.
What many people are unaware of, however, is their spiritual debt. God made each of us to honor Him by living in obedience to Him. Each time we fail in this obligation through sins of both omission and commission in our words, deeds, and motives, we accrue a spiritual debt to God. This is what Jesus was speaking of when He prayed that God would forgive our debts to Him (Matt. 6:12). Forgiveness of our debts to God requires a mediator, redeemer, and a ransom.
The mediator is the person who is the go-between, or “middleman,” between us and God to mediate our differences and bring about resolution. As an example, Job speaks of an angel as a ransoming mediator (Job 33:23-26). To effectively represent both God and man/humankind, the mediator had to be both God and man. Therefore, God became the man Jesus Christ, who alone is the mediator between people and God (1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 9:15; 12:24).
The redeemer is the person who pays the ransom for the debtor. Throughout Scripture, God is spoken of as our Redeemer (Job 19:25; Ps. 19:14; 78:35; Isa. 41:14; 43:14; Jer. 50:34). Throughout church history it has been continually accepted that Jesus is our Redeemer, though there has been widespread debate as to whom Jesus paid our debt.
Origen (185-254) taught that Satan held humanity captive and so Jesus paid off Satan. Gregory the Great (540-604) further developed this concept by saying that Jesus came disguised as a man to trick Satan like a worm on a hook to capture the devil. Anselm (1033-1109) strongly denounced the teachings that Satan has authority over God, God owes Satan, or that God deals with Satan like a deceptive coward instead of a strong warrior. The Bible never states to whom Jesus, our Redeemer, paid our debt. But, it seems logical that since our debt is to God, our debt was paid to God.
The ransom is the price that must be paid to God for our debt. The problem, however, is that Scripture plainly says that no human being can redeem the life of another person by paying their ransom to God because only God can accomplish such a feat (Ps. 49:7-15). Because Jesus is both God and man, He alone is able to pay the price for our ransom through His sinless life and substitutionary death (1 Peter 1:18-19). Jesus, as well as other New Testament
- Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
- 1 Tim. 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom…
- Heb. 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
Lastly, this ransoming work of Jesus our Mediator and Redeemer means that we belong to God because Jesus has purchased us (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23). The result is a new life lived by the empowering grace of Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, so that we can enjoy the great honor of living in obedience to God so that He receives glory and we receive joy as we live in congruence with God and His purposes for us.
Blessings in Christ,