The Origin of Jesus

{from newsletter at Restoration Fellowship}

“Eternal Generation of the Son,” the False Teaching Which
Removed the Origin of the Son of God from History!

From the internet we bring you this from a supporter of “eternal generation.” Christians need to understand the problems with the Trinity! Below we find that Trinitarians continue to insist on the incomprehensible notion of “eternal generation,” the
doctrine that Jesus as Son of God had a “beginningless beginning.” (Don’t trouble your children with this brainbreaking confusion!)

Jung S. Rhee, former professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary:
“In the formation of the doctrine of the Trinity, the concept of the eternal generation of the Son was one of the essential and major factors. However, it is either rejected or neglected in most contemporary discussion of the Trinity. This contemporary neglect of the eternal generation is neither legitimate nor tolerable. For this extremely strange phenomenon arbitrarily revises and reduces the biblical and confessional doctrine of the
Trinity.Though the nineteenth century liberal hostility to the doctrine of the Trinity has been largely overcome in the twentieth century, it has not been accompanied by a revival of the concept of eternal generation.

“In 325 AD, the Christian Church admitted the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son into the articles of essential faith for salvation and made it a pillar of the doctrine of the Trinity. The Nicene Creed confesses: ‘I believe…in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very. God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the
Father, by whom all things were made.’
“The doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son consists of two complementary concepts which are described in two technical terms: eternal and generation. First, Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the literal and metaphysical sense of ‘Son.’ The Father is the
origin, source, and cause of the Son, and the Son is the offspring, image, and derivative of the Father.
Eliminating the difference between human generation and divine generation due to the difference of nature, the relationship between the Father and the Son is precisely ‘father and son’ in its real sense. The Son is, as the Nicene Creed confesses, ‘the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds.’ The begottenness and sonship of Jesus is not metaphorical but metaphysical.”

My comment: Matthew 1:18, 20 and Luke 1:35 have
been destroyed! God is not permitted, says the doctrine
of eternal generation, to have a Son in time.

“Second, Jesus Christ is eternal. This is an affirmation not only of his pre-existence but also of his perfect Deity. His generation transcends time and time measurement. He was begotten before time began. Furthermore, his existence has no beginning, for the
Father cannot be Father without the Son. The Athanasian Creed clearly states: ‘And in this Trinity none is before, or after another…the whole three persons are
co-eternal.’
“Though the marriage of these two words ‘eternal’ and ‘generation’ safeguards the orthodox and biblical doctrine of the Trinity, it has nonetheless been continuously challenged as ‘contradictory.’ In this charge, the ancient Arian heretics and contemporary
attackers share the same reasoning, though they differ in their intentions. While the Arian heresy sacrificed ‘eternity’ to save ‘generation,’ the modern attackers sacrifice ‘generation’ to save ‘eternity.’
“The modern inability to affirm the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son indicates the confusion, division, and defectiveness in the modern understanding
of the Triune God, in whom we believe. Contemporary exclusion of the eternal generation from the essentials of the Trinity and its negligence was unimaginable in the fourth century when the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity was shaped. Gregory of Nyssa vividly describes his contemporary interest in the eternal generation: ‘It is not possible to exchange money, to buy bread or to go to the baths without getting involved in discussions
on the problem of whether one can or cannot speak of generation in the Trinity.’

“…Certainly, their charge was in order to justify their heretical view, but it is ironical that American rejection of the eternal generation doctrine began from these New England theologians. Nathaniel Emmons (1745-1840 [95 years!]), a disciple of Samuel Hopkins,
criticized the doctrine of the eternal generation and even called it ‘eternal nonsense.’

Contrary to his teacher, Emmons rejected it: ‘We feel constrained to reject the eternal generation of the Son, and the eternal procession of the Holy Ghost, as such mysteries as cannot be distinguished from real absurdities…’”
Emmons still, amazingly, managed to believe in the Trinity, but how right he was to call the doctrine of eternal generation “eternal nonsense.” According toMatthew 1:18, 20 (“begotten in her”) and Luke 1:35 (“the child begotten”) Jesus came into existence, was
begotten, six months after the conception of John the Baptist (Luke 1:26), not in eternity!


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