Relationship, not Origin
For the Presentation and Defence of the Truth
Bible Witness and Review
"Hence, we must' of course reject such forced efforts as that founded on the very different phrases in John i. 15 or in John xvii. 5. Origin is not the point, but relation of comparison.
'Begotten' or 'born,' in relation to the Son in the Godhead, cannot be allowed to mean a point of time, or subsequence, as I understand Meyer to mean, but simply the nearest relationship, or community of nature, between the Son and the Father.
Was He or was He not Son from all eternity, as the Father was Father from all eternity? or are we to reason from manhood, and infer that, because a father precedes his son, so it is in the Godhead? This I believe to be Arianism, and as baseless in Scripture as in sound reasoning....