Hey brianjakub, thank you for you thoughts. I've seen that explanation before but it runs into the problem of not being able to explain what the apostle John says in the same chapter at vs 18 where he states:
John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time
; the only-begotten
god who is at the Father’s side is the one who has explained Him.
Here is the difficulty. If Jesus was God or even a part of a trinity in the flesh, would this statement be completely true? The clear answer is no since many individuals, including John saw Jesus. And yet one who saw him in person, the apostle John, makes it clear that neither he nor has any human seen God or even a part of him.
Also regarding the expression "only-begotten"
, the Greek word mo·no·ge·nesʹ is defined by lexicographers as “single of its kind, only,” or “the only member of a kin or kind.” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, 1889, p. 417; Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon, Oxford, 1968, p. 1144) The term is used in describing the relation of both sons and daughters to their parents.
The Scriptures speak of “the only-begotten son” of a widow who lived in the city of Nain, of Jairus’ “only-begotten daughter,” and of a man’s “only-begotten” son whom Jesus cured of a demon. (Lu 7:11, 12; 8:41, 42; 9:38) The Greek Septuagint uses mo·no·ge·nesʹ when speaking of Jephthah’s daughter, concerning whom it is written: “Now she was absolutely the only child. Besides her he had neither son nor daughter.”—Jg 11:34.
The apostle John repeatedly describes the Lord Jesus Christ as the only-begotten Son of God. (Joh 1:14; 3:16, 18; 1Jo 4:9) This is not in reference to his human birth or to him as just the man Jesus.
As the Loʹgos, or Word, “this one was in the beginning with God,” even “before the world was.” (Joh 1:1, 2; 17:5, 24) At that time while in his prehuman state of existence, he is described as the “only-begotten Son” whom his Father sent “into the world.”—1Jo 4:9.
He is described as having “a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father,” the one residing “in the bosom position with the Father.” (Joh 1:14, 18) It is hard to think of a closer, more confidential, or more loving and tender relationship between a father and his son than this.
Thus, when taking into account these factors we again see the Bible refuting the doctrine of the trinity.