By Anthony Buzzard
Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18, 20 and 1 John 5:18 (not KJV) say that the Son did not exist until he was created/begotten in Mary. Was Jesus both six months younger than John the Baptist and billions of years older? Was Jesus 30 years old when he began his public ministry and yet really billions+30 years old? What part of Jesus was 30 and what part was billions of years old? Jesus cannot be so divided up, split in two. Mary bore a human being. She did not bear an angel. She did not bear GOD. She did not bear “impersonal human nature” as Trinitarian theory says. God cannot be begotten, and the Son of God was begotten. God cannot die (1 Tim. 6:16). The Son of God died. God cannot be tempted by sin, and yet Jesus was tempted. Not to observe these category differences is to throw away precious biblical instruction.
Hebrews 1:1-2 says that God did not speak through a Son in the Old Testament times. Hebrews 1:5 speaks of the coming into existence of Jesus, the Son: “Today I have begotten you.” The same verse speaks of 2 Samuel 7:14’s promise that God “will be a father and he will be a son.” That promise was given to David and it referred to the Messiah who was to come as a biological descendant of David. The beginning of Messiah’s existence (“today I have begotten you [brought you into existence]”) is the moment when God becomes the father of the Messiah. This is exactly what we find in Luke 1:32-35 and Matthew 1:18-20 (“that which is begotten in her is from the holy spirit”).
Isaiah 44:24 says that God, unaccompanied, unaided created the Genesis heavens and earth. He was entirely alone. “There was no one with me.” There was no Son with him (cp. Heb. 1:1-2).
God did not speak in a Son until the New Testament. So then, who said, “Let there be light”? It would be a flat contradiction of Hebrews 1:1-2 to say it was the Son. The God of the Old Testament is quite distinct from His unique Son. The latter had his genesis in Matthew 1:20 (“the genesis of Jesus was as follows”). The Bible becomes a book of incomprehensible riddles if God can have a Son before He brought him into existence! Luke 1:35 describes how the Son of God came to exist. He was begotten. To beget in Hebrew, Greek and in English is a word which of all words denotes a “before and after.” Therefore the Son had a beginning. There was a time before he was begotten, before “he was.” If he already existed, these testimonies in Matthew 1 and Luke 1 are nonsense.
Mary bore a human being, not God or an angel. That is what all human mothers do.