Why is Jesus God's only Son?

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God

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Jesus was the only one who had a mortal mother - Mary - and an immortal father - God the Father. This is why Jesus is called the only-begotten Son of God. He inherited divine power from his father (see John 10: 17–18). He inherited mortality from his mother and was therefore subject to hunger, thirst, tiredness, pain and death.

The earthly life of Jesus Christ began with his birth in Bethlehem. Luke reports: “The angel Gabriel [was] sent by God ... to a virgin. She was engaged to a man named Josef. … The angel [said] to her:… You will conceive a child, you will bear a son: you are to name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. ... The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child will also be called holy and the Son of God ”(Luke 1: 26, 27, 30-32, 35; see also 1 Nephi 11: 16-21; Alma 7:10.)

Matthew wrote that in a dream an angel also appeared to Joseph who said, “[Mary] will give birth to a son; you shall call him Jesus; for he will redeem his people from their sins ”(See Matthew 1: 20–21.) Mary and Joseph both knew that the Son whom Mary was to bring into the world, and who would be called Jesus, was the only-begotten Son of God.

The angel Gabriel also told Mary that her relative Elizabeth was expecting a son. When Mary visited her, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said, “Who am I that my Lord's mother may come to me?” (See Luke 1: 39-45.) Elizabeth now knew that Mary would be the Son of God would bring.

The Holy Spirit testified to others that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read her testimony here.

  1. Some of Jesus' disciples were in a boat when they saw Jesus Christ walk on the water. They “fell down before Jesus and said, Truly you are the Son of God” (Matthew 14:33).

  2. When Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you think I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!"

  3. Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus asked his sister Marta if she believed that he was “the resurrection and the life”. She replied, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God" (John 11: 25,27.)

  4. Adam and Eve offered sacrifices as “the symbol of the sacrifice of the Father's Only Begotten” (see Moses 5: 7).

  5. God commanded Adam to be baptized "namely in water, in the name of my only begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth, namely Jesus Christ" (see Moses 6:52).

  6. In the Americas, five years before the Savior's birth, Samuel the Lamanite prophesied: "The Son of God [comes] to redeem all who believe in his name" (Helaman 14: 2.)

More on this topic: Basic concepts of the gospel, Page 61; Good in faith, Pp. 104ff., And Richard C. Edgley, "The Condescension of God", Ensign, December 2001, page 16ff.

The apostle John said: "The Word [Jesus Christ] was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth." also D&C 93:11.)

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