The prologue to John’s Gospel closes with a claim that all personal appearances of “God” in the Old Testament were actually His Son, His personal Agent. John 1:18 (LGV) “Never before has anyone seen God. The Only-Begotten Son, the one being unto the Father’s bosom, that one declared Him.” This summary statement was intended to amplify what was stated in verse 10, that the same one through whom all things originated also interacted with man as God’s Agent. “He was in the world, and the world originated through Him, and the world did not know Him.”
This creates a serious problem for Unitarians who deny that God’s Son was begotten at the beginning of creation. In order to escape this problem, they claim that the word “seen” means perceived with the mind and not seen with the eyes. While this Greek word is occasionally used that way, many other statements in the New Testament, some even from Jesus Himself, prove that John meant seen with the eyes in the above statement. Consequently, the second statement — “the only-begotten Son … that one declared Him” — answers the question, “Who then did the patriarchs see?”
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