Eternal Son of God

Posted Jul 18, 2010 by Corey McCain in The Son of God Hits: 4,661

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While God's Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding His pre-existence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with His Father. From everlasting He was the Mediator of the covenant, the one in whom all nations of the earth, both Jews and Gentiles, if they accepted Him, were to be blessed. "The Word was with God, and the Word was God." Before men or angels were created, the Word was with God, and was God.--Review and Herald, April 5, 1906.

While studying the Godhead I have come to see one of the most difficult hurdles trinitarians have with a literal Son of God theology is the eternal question... This is because fountarians view eternity as "time out of mind" behind a veil and the object can have a beginning... In the trinitarian view if something is eternal it can have no beginning and simply must always have been and will be... In the fountarian view Jesus is "from" eternity and is therefor eternal... We believe Jesus has always been the Son of God since His birth back in eternity so He is therefore the eternal Son of God... For more on the Eternal question click here:

In the trinitarian theology the members of the Godhead came together for the plan of salvation and one took on the role of the Father and another the role of the Son... This is something that must happen because it is not believed that they are literally a Father and Son... Jesus would submit to the Father as the Son of God for the plan of salvation... Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe once the plan of salvation is over this submission would cease...

"A plan of salvation was encompassed in the covenant made by the Three Persons of the Godhead, who possessed the attributes of Deity equally. In order to eradicate sin and rebellion from the universe and to restore harmony and peace, one of the divine Beings accepted, and entered into, the role of the Father, another the role of the Son." "The remaining divine Being, the Holy Spirit, was also to participate in effecting the plan of salvation. All of this took place before sin and rebellion transpired in heaven." (Gordon Jenson, Adventist Review, October 31, 1996, p.12 Week of Prayer readings, ‘article ‘Jesus the Heavenly Intercessor’)


This is how trinitarians may claim how Jesus became the "unique"(only begotten) Son of God... I should say one of the ways as some use incarnation for this begetting...


"There is, therefore, no ground within the biblical understanding of the Godhead for the idea of a generation of the Son from the Father.""In the Bible, therefore, no ground is found for the idea that there is an ontological subordination of the Son to the Father or that the divine reality of the Father has in any way a primacy of origin over the divine reality of the Son". (Fernando Canale, Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopaedia, Volume 12, page 125, ‘The doctrine of God’)

Ontological subordination - The claim that the Son has always been subordinate to the Father in both role and nature (ontology)


This means that at some point back in eternity Jesus was NOT the Son of God and it means at some point in the future He will NOT be the Son of God... The trinitarian understanding of the word "eternity" or "eternal" falls apart when it is applied to the Son of God... This is because they believe there was a time when He was NOT the Son of God and at sometime in the future will also give up this submission...
Clearly "The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with His Father."Review and Herald, April 5, 1906. This quote is clearly non-trinitarian because trinitarian understanding of "eternal" forces Jesus to always be the Son of God which they don't except... If they change their view of what "eternity" or "eternal" has to mean concearning the Godhead then their view of Christ stepping into the role of a subordinant Son is a possibility taking no other inspiration into consideration...

God Bless!!!