Monogenes The Mystery of His Identity:
Monogenes is the Greek word translated the only begotten in the New Testament bible. The word Monogenes or the only begotten is used in describing the nature of birth of Jesus. The Monogenes means the only person born in that pattern of birth. And that is, the way and manner Christ was born is the first time a baby has been conceived and born in that way. And no one has been born in that way and will be born in that way. The identity of the Monogenes was concealed among men and there is a need to unfold the mystery behind who he is.
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Though the Monogenes lived and walked the face of the land of Judea and its peripheries His identity was not known. He was known among people of His time as the son of Joseph. They knew his parents and siblings. See Mark 6:3, Luke 4:22. The Monegenes in His ministry manifested some unusual things. Those kinds of things made people who knew him to question His identity. And because they knew Him and His infantry background they had so much unbelief and doubt about His individuality.
Therefore, the people of His days knew little about Him because they lack the proper information about Him. The only person that knew much about Him is Mary his mother.
Mary Had The Secret Of The Monogenes:
However, everything she knew about Him was kept secret. Let’s see Luke 2:19;
“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
This shows that it was Mary His mother that has the secret of who He was. And because of this, people of His days had a surface knowledge of Him. This secrecy made people to have different views and ideas about the identity of the Monogenes. And surprisingly, people who were among his ministry team didn’t know him better. They also have different views and ideas about Him. The Monogenes raised the question of His identity among His disciples.
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He asked this question in order to bring clarity to this identity issue. Let’s see what the scripture have to say here:
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”
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In the above quotations, The Monogenes is seeking the opinion of people about His identity. He wanted to know the views of people about Him. And actually, people have different views about Him. In their cities people see and regard Him as John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah and some said He’s one of the prophets.
The Disciples Lacked The Knowledge of Who The Monogenes Was:
This shows that people of His days cannot pinpoint exactly and say accurately who He is. They were all second-guessing about His identity. And no one among them ever asked Him to explain Himself. They were just interested in His teaching and miracles.
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The Monogenes decided to know if the ones following Him around know Him. Then He threw this question to them;
“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?”
None of His disciples around at that time could say anything. This shows that their personal opinion about Him is not correct. They were not sure of who He is. As a result, they couldn’t make any suggestion. Also it shows that outsiders are better than them, at least they had opinions of who He is. And also it means they were just following Him for the sake of following. And probably because they don’t have jobs to do if not, why would they follow someone they don’t know?
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However, someone among them was able to say something. And Peter said this;
“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
The statement of Peter really unfolds the mystery behind the identity of the Monogenes. Peter declared that He is “the Christ, the Son of the living God”. The implication of this statement is that the Monogenes is the Christ.
The Monogenes Is The Christ:
The Christ is the Messiah the savior of the whole world. The only person that has what it takes to save the world from sin (John 1:29). The Monogenes in His reply said to Peter thus;
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
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This is very interesting because if it takes a revelation from God to know who the Monogenes is. And it means it will have to take a deeper revelation to know who the prototokos. No wonder Apostle Paul made this statement to his audience in Corinthians thus;
“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.”
2 Corinthians 5:16
The statement above is very striking because many even among the disciples of Christ knew Him after flesh. And they still have the thought of Him as the Christ that walked the face of Jerusalem. No the Monogenes and the Prototokos are just different personalities. The Mongenes is the only begotten son.
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