LECTURE 6: THE ETERNAL SONSHIP OF CHRIST
A sixth lecture in a seven part series on the Godhead.
 Joshua P. Stewart
 December 2016
Vestal, NY



Introduction

What is the Eternal Sonship?

The Eternal Sonship is a Biblical teaching that declares the identity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God to be an eternal identity. A false opposition to the eternal Sonship is called Temporal Sonship; which states that Jesus became the Son at a certain point in time, usually at the incarnation.
Why should you care?

Why should you care?

The denial of the Eternal Sonship places you in heterodoxy; i.e. it takes you off fundamental Christian ground. A denial of the Eternal Sonship comes with a denial of all the eternal relationships in the Godhead. Those who deny the Eternal Sonship teach that the relationships of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (expressed in the threefold Name, Matt. 28:19), are associated with the incarnation of Christ, and do not apply before that time.

Generally, the Eternal Sonship of Christ is held to be the orthodox Christian position, although a denial of the Eternal Sonship has surfaced from time to time throughout Church History. The most recent denial came from John MacArthur, although he has since changed his position. Before MacArthur, the previous denial came from F.E. Raven, a leader of a division among Brethren. Otherwise, denial of the Eternal Sonship is limited to false cults such as Mormons and Jehovah's witnesses.

Why do some deny the Eternal Sonship?

Denials of the Eternal Sonship almost always stem from an erroneous notion about the name "Son". They take a very human approach to the meaning of sonship, and by taking their thoughts from nature instead of Scripture, they conclude the sonship denotes inferiority. Since every human son owes his existence to his father, therefore a son can never be truly equal with his father. If sonship did convey inferiority, and then if Christ's Sonship were eternal, it would make the Person of Christ inferior to God the Father, which would deny the Trinity (three equal Persons of the Godhead). In other words, they deny the Eternal Sonship in an attempt to defend the Trinity,. But really, they end up robbing Christ of His glory, and detract from the Trinity they attempt to defend. The truth about sonship, which I will expound in this article, is that it does NOT denote inferiority, but rather a place of privilege and relationship.

Why have I written this article?

If someone you love deeply is attacked, it produces a response in your heart; a desire to see their name cleared. This is how every true believer feels when the Person of Christ is attacked. As Christians, we are to be "simple" as to evil (not experts on false teachings) but at the same time we are exhorted to be "wise" concerning that which is good (Rom. 16:19). In this spirit I would like to set forth, not the intricate systems of error put forth by those who advocate Temporal Sonship, but rather the clear proofs of Scripture that positively establish the Eternal Sonship. My prayer is that the attitude of this article will be one of peace; for "a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth" (1 Tim. 2:24-25 NKJV).

The Sonship of Christ in a Nutshell

The Bible teaches that Christ's Sonship is Eternal, Intrinsic, Ontological, Inter-Trinitarian. His Sonship describes His distinct identity and relationship in the Godhead.
  • His Sonship is eternal as opposed to temporal. He never became the Son of God; rather, He always was. His Sonship has no beginning and no ending. It is pre-temporal in that it existed before time. 
  • His Sonship is intrinsic as opposed to extrinsic. His being the Son is part of His very nature, not a quality conveyed to Him by an outside source or person. 
  • His Sonship is ontological as opposed to epistemological. In other words, it has to do His very existence, not merely how we know Him. 
  • His Sonship is intra-Trinitarian as opposed to official. In other words, His Sonship has to do with His relationships and identity in the Godhead.

Proofs of the Eternal Sonship

His being "with", "Sent by" and "Coming forth from" the Father. These expressions have to do with the incarnation and the Son's place and relationship before the incarnations. These expressions make it clear that His sonship existed prior to the incarnation; it was His eternal identity. The Lord was perfectly self-conscious of where He had come from, and where He would return; "I know whence I came and whither I go" (John 8:14).

Proof #1: His being "With the Father"

"And now glorify me, thou Father, along with thyself, with the glory which I had along with thee before the world was." (John 17:5)
  • It confirms the eternal Fatherhood and Sonship. If He was "with the Father" before the incarnation, the Father must have been the Father and the Son the Son. 
  • His personal glory hinges on the eternal relationships. In the Lord's prayer to His Father we find that His personal glory in the future is the same as his pre-temporal glory. That glory is here connected with His being "with" the Father before time began. The anticipated glory is that of the Father as Father in the future. Here the Lord clearly identifies it as the same as His pre-temporal glory. You cannot affirm the anticipated Fatherhood/Sonship and deny the pre-temporal Fatherhood/Sonship.

Proof #2: His being "Sent by the Father"

  • [1Jo 4:14 DBY] 14 And we have seen, and testify, that the Father has sent the Son[as] Saviour of the world. 
  • [Gal 4:4 KJV] 4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law… 
  • In His own words; John 5:30, 37; John 6:29; John 8:16, 18; John 10:36; John 12:49; John 14:24. 
It confirms the eternal Fatherhood and Sonship. It could not be said that God gave the Son if it were true that He gave Him to be the Son. It is perfectly clear that the Person of the Son existed in the unique relationship of Son prior to the incarnation. Another way to say it is; when Christ came into the world, He came as the Son, whom He antecedently was.

Proof #3: His "Coming forth from the Father"

[Jhn 16:28 DBY] 28 I came out (exerkomai) from the Father and have come into the world; again, I leave the world and go to the Father.
  • It confirms the eternal Fatherhood and Sonship. The Father had to be His Father before the incarnation or it could not say He came from the Father. He had come from a Person (the Father) to a place (the world), and was leaving that place to return to that Person. 
  • It characterizes His relationship as a man in this world. Coming forth from the side of the Father, the Son came into the world enjoying the full communion of the Father's deep affection. 
  • It shows that Sonship is His transcendent identity. The mere sending of a person to execute a mission or fill an office does not require transcendent identity; e.g. there was a man sent from God whose name was John. But the sending of the Son was different. Not only was the Son "sent by the Father" but He "came into the world". The coming of the Son is the counter part of the sending of His Father. He did not merely "wind up" here. He came. That purposeful coming proves that He is not only a servant, but God Himself. 
[1Ti 1:15 DBY] 15 Faithful [is] the word, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am [the] first.

From the Father vs. From God. His coming out from the Father carries the thought of His coming into the world in the consciousness of His Father's affection. His coming out from God carries the thought of His coming into the world as a Divine Person in the Godhead; as "God was in Christ" (2 Cor. 5:19). The name "Son of God" carries more the thought of His divinity, His coming forth as a Person in the Godhead. The name "Son" carries more the thought of His relationship and place in the Father's affections; He is the Son of the Father, the Son of His love (2 John 3; Col. 1:13).
  • [Jhn 16:27-28 DBY] 27 for the Father himself has affection for you, because ye have had affection for me, and have believed that I came out (exerkomai) from God. 28 I came out (exerkomai) from the Father and have come into the world; again, I leave the world and go to the Father. 
  • [Jhn 8:42 DBY] 42 Jesus said to them, If God were your father ye would have loved me, for I came forth from God and am come [from him]…
Come forth vs. Being Sent. These two expressions are different, and they are twice used in the same sentence to emphasize the deference. In both passages, the coming and the sending are named separately and in the same sequence. This is not mere repetition, and the order is important. In "coming forth" the Son acted in His own Personal rights and sovereign will; in His "being sent" the Son came to accomplish the will of God His Father. Both Persons are involved in the act of sending — the Sender and the Sent.
  • [Jhn 17:8 DBY] 8 for the words which thou hast given me I have given them, and they have received [them], and have known truly that I came out from thee, and have believed that thou sentest me. 
  • [Jhn 8:42 DBY] 42 Jesus said to them, If God were your father ye would have loved me, for I came forth from God and am come [from him]; for neither am I come of myself, buthe has sent me.

Proof #4: His being "only-begotten" of the Father

  • [Jhn 1:18 DBY] 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him]. 
It shows that Sonship was His unique identity. This term has been used to deny the Eternal Sonship, but in fact it strengthens it! Nothing conveys uniqueness like the term "Only-Begotten". In what sense is He unique? We do not need to speculate, the scripture says; "the only begotten Son of God". It is in His eternal, intrinsic, ontological Sonship that He is the Only-Begotten. Since His sonship is in respect to the Father, the same is true of His being the Only-begotten. He is the "only-begotten of the Father".
  • He is God - pointing to His intrinsic Deity 
  • He is only-begotten - pointing to His intrinsic Relationship 
He is not unique in that He is God; that He shares with the other Persons in the Godhead. But He is unique in His being the Only-begotten, because it has in view His Sonship, an eternal relationship in the Godhead.
  • [Jhn 3:16, 18 DBY] 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal. ... 18 He that believes on him is not judged: but he that believes not has been already judged, because he has not believed on the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 
  • [1Jo 4:9 DBY] 9 Herein as to us has been manifested the love of God, that God has senthis only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Proof #5: His claim to God as "His own Father"

In the Lord's words in John 5:17-18 there was a note of exclusiveness in the Lord's claim
  • [Jhn 5:18 DBY] 18 For this therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he had not only violated the sabbath, but also said that God was his own Father, making himself equal with God. 
In Matt. 11:27 and Luke 10:22, it is clear that the Father and the Son have a special and exclusive knowledge of each other. It is also clear that the Son's special knowledge of the Father is in His condition of being the Son. An also, the Father's special knowledge of the Son is in His condition of being the Father.
  • [Mat 11:27 DBY] 27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son but the Father, nor does any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom the Son may be pleased to reveal [him]. 
  • [Luk 10:22 DBY] 22 All things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is but the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son is pleased to reveal [him]. 
So we have two analog expressions:
  • Speaking of the Father, Christ is called; "His own Son" (Rom. 8:3; 32) ----> the expression conveys the uniqueness of His Sonship. This is similar to; "His only-begotten Son" (John 3:16) 
  • Speaking of the Son, the Father is called; "His own Father" (John 5:18) -----> the expression conveys the uniqueness of His Fatherhood

The Eternal Sonship Strengthened by His Incarnation

Whenever the title "Son" is used of Christ, it cannot be separated from the eternal, transcendent identity involved in it. When Christ's sonship is mentioned in connection with Messianic commitment or activity (such as in 2 Sam. 7:14, Heb. 1:5; 5:5), it does not set aside His eternal Sonship, but rather it strengthens it! Even when He became man, He remained the Son!
  • [Heb 1:5 KJV] 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 
    • [Psa 2:7 KJV] 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 
    • [2Sa 7:14 KJV] 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 
      • Someone might object and say, this is speaking of Solomon, how could it be divine Sonship? But that falls apart because the Spirit by quoting it here shows that it was really speaking of Christ. 
  • [Heb 5:5 KJV] 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 
    • Someone might object, and say the office of High Priest is independent from divine Sonship. But wait, the purpose of the quotation from Psa. 2:7 is to show that it was the Father that appointed Him to that Office. 
  • [Mat 16:16 KJV] 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Hebrews 3:6 is Sonship Messianic only?????????????????????
  • [Heb 3:6 DBY] 6 but Christ, as Son over his house, whose house are we, if indeed we hold fast the boldness and the boast of hope firm to the end. 
Other times where the definite article is missing
  • [Luk 1:35 DBY] 35 And the angel answering said to her, [The] Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and power of [the] Highest overshadow thee, wherefore the holy thing also which shall be born shall be called Son of God. 
  • [Mat 27:54 DBY] 54 But the centurion, and they who were with him on guard over Jesus, seeing the earthquake and the things that took place, feared greatly, saying, Truly this [man] was Son of God. 
  • [Mar 15:39 DBY] 39 And the centurion who stood by over against him, when he saw that he had expired having thus cried out, said, Truly this man was Son of God.

Debunking the Sonship-Inferiority Theory

The way people go wrong on the Eternal sonship is by borrowing the image of human father/son relationships. Within the realm of creation, the term "begotten" speaks of the origin of one's offspring… but not so of the "only-begotten of the Father." The problem is that our thoughts are not formed by the Word of God. When correcting his earlier position, John MacArthur wrote in his Reexamining the Eternal Sonship of Christ:

"My previous view was that Scripture employed Father-Son terminology anthropomorphically—accommodating unfathomable heavenly truths to our finite minds by casting them in human terms. Now I am inclined to think that the opposite is true: Human father-son relationships are merely earthly pictures of an infinitely greater heavenly reality. The one true, archetypical Father-Son relationship exists eternally within the Trinity. All others are merely earthly replicas, imperfect because they are bound up in our finiteness, yet illustrating a vital eternal reality."

The term "son" does not denote inferiority, but a special place of dignity and excellency before the father. For example; Moses refused to be "called the son of Pharaoh's daughter" (Heb. 11:24). It is interesting that many Christians still have a hard time understanding the believer's sonship as well as Christ's sonship. They cannot seem to distinguish between "adoption of sons" and being "children" in the family of God. The issue is an understanding of the term "son". It is true that we will never be divine persons… but the term "sonship" implies that we have been given the dignity and privileges of the Son in relationship to the Father!

The Sonship of Christ is the pattern for the sonship of the believer. In no sense does the name "Son" imply inferiority. Rather it implies an elevates equal status, and an place of affection. Those who deny the eternal sonship of Christ are clueless about the sonship of the believer.

Examine Matt. 28:19. The use of the singular word "Name" denotes equality between all three persons of the Godhead. This rules out the idea that sonship denotes inferiority, which is a primary argument from those who want to deny Eternal Sonship.
  • [Mat 28:19 KJV] 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
Examine John 5:23. Even if the Father committed all judgment to the Son, how would that make His glory equal to the Father's if "Son" denotes inferiority? Impossible! Son must not have anything to do with inferiority, but rather with relationship, and thus characterize His eternal transcendent identity.
  • [Jhn 5:23 KJV] 23 That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 
Is the Son inferior? Notice when the Son delivers up the kingdom at the end of the Millennium, it specifically says "to God, even the Father". But when it says that Son subjects Himself to God that God might be all in all, it refers to God in Godhead, without further specification, not excluding any of the three Persons. As man, He submits Himself to God, so fulfilling the Divine purpose in the first creation. As God, the Son remains eternally co-equal with the other Persons in the Godhead.
  • [1Co 15:28 DBY] 28 But when all things shall have been brought into subjection to him, then the Son also himself shall be placed in subjection to him who put all things in subjection to him, that God may be all in all.) 

Implications of the Eternal Sonship

Point #1: The Eternal Fatherhood is vitally linked to it

The intra-Trinitarian relationships are co-relative. The doctrine of the trinity is concerns the necessary, intrinsic, and eternal distinctions between the Persons of the Godhead. These properties are incommunicable. The Word of God provides us with these eternal distinctions. Our faith must be directed to the Father in His distinguishing property of the Father of the Son, and toward the Son in His distinguishing property of the Son of the Father. The same is true of worship. We do not worship Christ as the Father, nor the Father as the Son, but each in His particular place. We have both identification and distinction with each person. The person of the Son is identified as God, and distinguished from God. The distinguishing property is His being the only-begotten Son of God.

The Eternal Fatherhood of God is co-relative with the Eternal Sonship of Christ. We must understand that the Pre-temporal, Ontological, Inter-Trinitarian Fatherhood of the Father is not to be confused with His other types of paternity;
  • He is the Father of Spirits 
  • The Father of Lights 
  • We are the offspring of God as responsible creatures 
    • Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. as the creator and sustainer of every intelligent creature in the universe, whether men or angels 
  • The redeemed are the children of God 
These other types of paternity do not rise up to His being called "God the Father". For two reasons;
  1. They are not intrinsic and not eternal. They belong to the economies of creation and redemption. Yes, the economies of creation and redemption were conceived and ordered from the eternal counsels of God, they cannot themselves be placed in the eternal and pre-temporal realm (J. Murray). To conceive of the creation or redemption as constituting an intrinsic Fatherhood is to confuse who the Father is in His being, and what comes from the counsel of His will; i.e. who he is and what he does. 
  2. The usage of the term "the Father" without additional qualification or specification by our Lord and the New Testament writers. It shows that He is the Father intrinsically and ontologically, without reference to time and events. Jesus also spoke of "My Father" and the apostles of "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ".
Note: When we come to John 20 we find the Lord bringing us into relationship with His Father as our Father!

Point #2: Our individual faith is vitally linked to it

  • The confession of Jesus as Son of God is normal to Christian faith. [1Jo 4:15 KJV] 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 
  • To deny the Son is antichristian [1Jo 2:22-23 KJV] 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also]. 
  • Christ as Son of God is the focal point of our faith. [Gal 2:20 KJV] 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 
  • The Christian fellowship is great because of the greatness of the Son. [1Co 1:9 KJV] 9 God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Point #3: The foundation of the Church is vitally linked to it

The Lord came to Israel in His Messianic office of King, and He was rejected as such. This rejection is outlined in Matthew's Gospel. When reject by Israel, God falls back on His satisfaction with His Son, and instead opens up a wider sphere of blessing. See for example Matt. 11:25-27. When rejected as King of Israel, God falls back on what His is in His eternal relationship; Son of God. When Jesus had come into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He queried the disciples to manifest the highest of man's opinions as to who the Son of Man was. Many opinions were brought forth, but at last He said "but whom say ye that I am?" Peter gave the blessed confession:
  • [Mat 16:16 KJV] 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 
He confessed the eternal, ontological, intra-Trinitarian identity of the Son. It is not possible for man in the flesh to believe that… it is something that must be revealed by the Father. Jesus says,
  • [Mat 16:17 KJV] 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 
Upon this confession, Jesus announces the dawn of a new thing, the Assembly of Christ. This building would be founded, on His Messianic offices of Prophet, Priest, or King, but on His eternal relationship as the Son of the Living God. Because of this foundation, the Church can never fail!
  • [Mat 16:18 KJV] 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 
In the eternal state, distinctions between Jew and Gentile disappear, but the Church will always remain distinct.

Point #4: The Depth of His Humiliation is accentuated by it

The mention of divine Sonship in connection with Messianic activity serves to bring out the contrast between what He is eternally and intrinsically, with the place He stooped to in His humiliation. The dignity of His intrinsic Sonship is not suppressed by His learning obedience or by His being fully dependent on the Father. Rather, the dignity of His Sonship serves to accentuate the reality of His humiliation.
  • [Luk 22:42 KJV] 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 
  • [Mat 26:53 KJV] 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 
  • [Mat 24:36 KJV] 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 
  • [Heb 5:8-9 DBY] 8 though he were Son, he learned obedience from the things which he suffered; 9 and having been perfected, became to all them that obey him, author of eternal salvation; 
    • This is clearly taught in this passage. His being Son gives special significance to His humiliation as a man. 
  • [Jhn 5:26 DBY] For even as the Father has life in himself, so he has given to the Son also to have life in himself 
    • This verse has been misused by many to teach that the Son was “deputized” with the POWER TO QUICKEN... which is heterodox (it denies John 1:4). But in incarnation, as a dependent man on the earth, the son was given to have intrinsic life. The point is, the father was in full fellowship with the son in his power to quicken.

Point #5: The Work of Atonement is vitally linked to it

Romans 8:3 tells us that that the law could not bring an end to sin because it was weak through the flesh. What was the resource called forth from the heart of God to meet our need? "God sending His own Son…"

Point #6: The Certainty of Continued Grace to the Believer is vitally linked to it

The non-sparing and delivering up of the Eternal Son is the proof that God will freely give the believer all things. Once again that expression is used; "His own Son". To say that the Father delivered up one to suffering and death over whom He had merely placed a title of Messianic Sonship is to strip that verse of its meaning.
  • [Rom 8:32 KJV] 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Point #7: The Intensity of the Father's Love is vitally linked to it

Messianic (Manhood Sonship) is pursuant to His Divine Sonship. If we attribute "only-begotten" to His manhood sonship, we take away from the pre-temporal sonship, and we take away from what is stressed in John 3:16, namely, the Father's love. In other words, it destroys the meaning of John 3:16 if we deny the eternal sonship. To say that God gave one over whom He placed a title ("Son"), is not even close to Him giving the only-begotten Son, who is in that relationship intrinsically, ontologically, and eternally.
  • [Jhn 3:16 KJV] 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The great practical implication of the Eternal Sonship is the greatness of the Father's love. The Father was no mere spectator in the garden of Gethsemane, and in the abandonment of Calvary. When He sent the Son, He knew what was ahead. In this His love is manifested toward us.


Conclusions

  1. The name "Son of God" denotes His transcendent identity, His eternal relationship, and never inferiority.
    1. John 5:17-31. In the Jews understanding, the Lord's claim to be the Son of God was a claim to equality. This sets aside the argument that sonship denotes inferiority. 
    2. John 10:28-39. The same as above.
  2. To separate Jesus from His intrinsic and intra-Trinitarian identity as the Eternal Son of God falls far short of the divine revelation. This is the tendency of the evangelical world. The true Christology is one that finds its starting point and basis in His intrinsic Sonship. He who denies the same has not the Father. A great dishonor has been done to God the Father by taking up a Christology that is not rooted in Trinitarian doctrine.
    1. [Jhn 5:23b KJV] He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 
    2. [1Jo 2:23 KJV] Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
  3. The "faith of Jesus" [Rom. 3:22; Gal. 2:16] is faith in Him as sent of the father in his identity of the Son. Faith is in the Son as the sent one, and in the Father and sending Him.
    1. [Jhn 5:24 KJV] 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 
    2. [Jhn 12:44-45 KJV] 44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 
    3. [Jhn 17:8 KJV] 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 
    4. [1Jo 4:9-10 KJV] 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
  4. Any claim to the knowledge of God that denies that Jesus Christ (a man) is the Eternal Son of God is a false system that (1) denies God His proper glory, and (2) denies the adherent eternal life.
    1. [1Jo 5:20 KJV] 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Look into:
  • Eternal Generation
  • Eternal Subordination