God so loved the world that he sent his only-begotten
And 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.
In John 1:18 Ehrman prefers the least orthodox reading "the only-begotten
In fact, since education consists in preparing man for what he must be and for what he must do here below, in order to attain the sublime goal for which he was created, it is clear that there can be no true education which is not wholly directed to man's last end, and that in the present order of Providence, since God revealed Himself to us in the Person of His only-begotten
son, Who is "the Way, the Truth and the Life".
Consider, for example, the following theological statement of Christian belief that opens a book by a contemporary theologian: "The Christian doctrine of God is to be understood from within the unique, definitive, and final self-revelation of God in Jesus Christ his only-begotten
Son, that is, from within the self-revelation of God as God become man for us and our salvation.
In "natural birth", Kallistos of Dioklela said recently, "a new being" in this context: "Christ--God the Son--already had a father: the Father of whom He is the only-begotten
He intended to reveal the Father to us, and to show that he is the only-begotten
Son of that Father.
Wills unambiguously confesses a "high" orthodox Christology: Jesus "intended to reveal the Father to us, and to show that he is the only-begotten
Son of that Father.
You made heaven and earth, not out of yourself, for then they would have been equal to your Only-begotten
, and through this equal also to you.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten
, begotten of the Father before all ages.
Instead, he aims to provide an "understanding, through the Wisdom of the Church's Fathers and Doctors, of the human birth of the Only-Begotten
Son of the Father" (43).
But most strikingly, the gift of the only-begotten
son for a sacrificial death is, like the covenant, an offering of unbearable urgency, as if God were now saying Look, I will wound myself for you, you cannot foil to take notice, like van Gogh cutting off his ear.