At one time, I believed that the Bible verse stating that Christ was begotten referred to Him coming from the Father’s bosom from eternity. That concept would not agree with the following statement by the Spirit of Prophecy.
Jhn 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].
The above verse must be interpreted with the following by the Spirit of Prophecy so that nothing contradicts.
Life, Original, Unborrowed, Underived.—
"Physical life is something which each individual receives. It is not eternal or immortal; for God, the Life-giver, takes it again. Man has no control over his life. But the life of Christ was unborrowed. No one can take this life from Him. "I lay it down of myself," He said. In Him was life, original, unborrowed, underived. This life is not inherent in man. He can possess it only through Christ.” Maranatha 302.
So in order to interpret so as to not contradict either the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy, one must conclude that the meaning of the statement that the Son came from the bosom of the Father, would mean that this occurred when the Son was slain from the foundation of the earth by beginning His Incarnation evolvement.
I believe EXACTLY as the following document teaches except for the fact that I don’t believe that Clarence Settle believes Ellen White’s statement that the Holy Spirit is the life and soul of Christ. That may be the test of his humility. He is errant on that point and his document (link below) does not handle Ellen White’s statement that the Holy Spirit is the life and soul of Christ. At one time I misunderstood that Christ from eternity came from the Father’s bosom, but that is not my belief presently. That was totally due to misunderstanding and not knowing Ellen White’s statements that imply that Christ came from the Father’s bosom at His Incarnation. As soon as I was aware of her statements on this matter of the Son coming from the Father’s bosom at His Incarnation, I immediately altered my view. That is all one can do if he/she is seeking pure truth.
Ellen White said: “The Eternal Father, the unchangeable One, gave His only begotten Son, tore from His bosom Him who was made in the express image of His person, and sent Him down to earth to reveal how greatly He loved mankind.” Review and Herald Articles, July 9, 1895.
We further read: “Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven. And the heavenly host sang a song of praise and adoration. They touched their harps and sang a note higher than they had done before, for the great mercy and condescension of God in yielding up his dearly Beloved to die for a race of rebels. Praise and adoration were poured forth for the self-denial and sacrifice of Jesus; that he would consent to leave the bosom of his Father, and choose a life of suffering and anguish, and die an ignominious death to give life to others.” 1SG: 26. And again we read: “Jesus was the Majesty of heaven, the beloved Commander of the angels, whose delight was to do his pleasure. He was one with God, in the bosom of the Father; yet He thought it not a thing to be desired to be equal with God while man was lost in sin and misery. He stepped down from his throne. He left his crown and royal scepter, and clothed his divinity with humanity. He humbled Himself even to the death of the cross, that man might be exalted to a seat with Him upon his throne.” Bible Echo and Signs of the Times 03-15-93
“Christ did not LITERALLY dwell WITHIN the bosom of His Father, for if it were so then we must believe that His throne, crown and scepter were LITERALLY within the Father, and that He commanded the angels from there also in some kind of a kangaroo pouch-like arraignment. What folly and utter foolishness and yea blasphemy indeed! What the term “within His bosom” simply is intended to convey is the indescribably close and intimate relationship that the Son and Father had which could not be any closer in the least degree.” Clarence Settle.
God tests his servants. He tested Ellen and James White on the Sabbath issue. They fought against it for a time. God could have shown Ellen White the truth of the Sabbath issue in vision before she moved against it, but that was not His plan. He thus tested the humility of both she and her husband. They finally came to the light on that important issues involving one of the commandments no less! That is the important thing.
Sincerely in the Lord Jesus,