Born Again or Begotten Again?

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Born Again or Begotten Again?

Post by Paidion » Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:56 pm

Born Again or Begotten Again?

There is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is the Anointed, the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

The word in this verse correctly translated as “born” is “ετεχθη” the aorist passive indicative of the verb “τικτω” (I bear).

But there is another word that is translated as born in the following verse (by virtually all translations). Jesus said:

Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:7 ESV)

The Greek word is not any form of the word “τικτω”. It is “γεννηθηναι”, the aorist passive infinitive of the verb “γενναω” (I beget). It is the word found in the geneologies in Matthew 1:

Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. (Matthew 1:2 ESV)

Now clearly these men did not give birth to their sons! The word correctly translated as “begot” is a form of “γενναω” (I beget) and not of “τικτω” (I bear)

So I affirm that Jesus told his hearers (as recorded in John 3:7), “You must be begotten again.”

Man judges a person by his past deeds, and administers penalties for his wrongdoing. God judges a person by his present character, and disciplines him that he may become righteous.

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