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The Eternal Generation of the Son

Many in the church today have never heard about the doctrine of eternal generation. But did you know that the early church believed this doctrine was absolutely essential to a biblical understanding of the Trinity and the deity of the Son? They also believed that eternal generation was indispensable to our salvation. If the Son has not been begotten from the Father’s nature from all eternity, he cannot be sent by the Father to redeem sinners in history.

Matthew Barrett, executive editor of Credo Magazine, recently preached in chapel at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on the doctrine of eternal generation, showing from John 1 and 5 how crucial this doctrine is for our salvation. If you enjoy this message, pick up a copy of his forthcoming book, Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit (Baker, 2021).


Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Canon, Covenant and Christology: Rethinking Jesus and the Scriptures of Israel; None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; 40 Questions About SalvationGod’s Word Alone: The Authority of ScriptureReformation Theology: A Systematic SummarySalvation by Grace, and Owen on the Christian LifeHe is the host of the Credo podcast where he engages top theologians on the most important theological issues today.

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