This is quite an important article regarding a central pillar of our faith, answering the question as to who Jesus is, and making His divinity clear and manifest. During a bible study last week some folks from a local messianic came by, claiming Jesus did not pre-exist before being born of Mary, and now exists as an immortal human in heaven. This is a very a dangerous doctrine not supported whatsoever in scripture, and will ultimately lead to their downfall and destruction. The bible is absolutely clear that Jesus Christ is God, one with the Father, and has always existed from eternity past. If you are struggling with this question, I pray the Word of God will touch your heart and bring you into knowledge of the truth.
Genesis 1:26-27 ~ Man in our image ~
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
John 1:1-15 ~The Word was with God in the beginning ~
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Who is Word? Jesus Christ. Who was He with? God the Father. Is Jesus also God? Yes, this verse says so – not very complicated is it? At what point in time did Jesus exist? In the beginning – period. Jesus do not come into existence as a human baby!
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” Jesus is the True Light, sent from His Father to illuminate the darkness in the world. John the Baptist came in advance of Jesus to proclaim His coming kingdom. Who made the world? Jesus. When did He exist? Jesus as always existed, just accept it.
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.” Jesus descended from heaven and was born of the virgin Mary into the world. Again, from what point in time did Jesus exist in heaven? Always, from eternity past as we have already established. Notice carefully the words, ‘He that cometh after me is preferred before me.’ How is this possible? Easy. The pre-incarnate Jesus has always existed and resided in heaven with the Father. Was this before John the Baptist or anyone else was born? Yes, of course! Therefore, we have firmly established Jesus has always existed from the farthest distance point back in time. Back in the human world, who was born first, Jesus or John? John was born by his mother Elisabeth about (6) months before Mary gave birth to Jesus – See Luke 1:24-31. As a human baby, Jesus was born after John, but as God, He has always existed – clear?
Luke 10:17-19 ~I beheld Satan fall ~
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” If Jesus did not exist before His birth as a baby, how could He have been present when Satan was evicted from heaven? No, Jesus has always existed and will forever more.
Isaiah 9:6-7 ~The everlasting Father ~
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Here, we see Jesus referred to as the ‘everlasting Father’. What does this mean? John 14:11 “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” and also in Verse 20, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.” This is the essence of the Godhead, Jesus the Son and God the Father are spiritually one and the same. Jesus is both the Son and the Father at the same time. While this may be difficult for us to comprehend with our finite human minds, but never the less, this is what scripture says.
Isaiah 53:4-7 ~He bore our sins~
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” As the perfect sacrifice, Jesus paid the penalty for the sin of all mankind – death. His blood upon the cross at Calvary, He experience the full excruciating painful reality of the crucifixion, the full weight of all human sin, and for the first time, separation from His Father. No mere human, no matter how good or perfect could have endured all this. Jesus willingly laid down His life for us, and rose from the dead in ultimate victory over death.
Isaiah 42:1-6 ~Office of Christ~
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall be not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein; I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles.”
Luke 22:67-71 ~Jesus accused of blasphemy~
“Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.”
John 17:3-5 ~The glory which I had before~
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
Hebrews 1:xx ~Thy throne O God is forever~
“God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Jesus is the Son of God and heir of all things. The Father made all things through Jesus, who upholds the universe by His word. Jesus alone is able to cleanse our sins, and is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father.
“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.” We see here that Jesus is greater than the angels, and has a greater inheritance than they.
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thine hands:” The Father is here referring to the Son as ‘O God’, making it abundantly clear Jesus is in fact, God. Why is this unclear to some folks? Who laid the earth’s foundation? Jesus Christ, it says so right here and supports the statement made in John 1:1, whereby Jesus existed in the beginning and made all things.
“They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
Philippians 2:5-11 ~Every knee shall bow~
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heavens, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Jesus is of the same form as the Father, and equal to Him. Obviously, in order to ‘take upon him the form of a servant’, Jesus must have had an earlier, first form, because the second must have come from the first. Coming to earth in human form, be humbled Himself and became a servant for our sakes. The Father has exalted the name of Jesus, with a name greater than any other. At his second coming, Jesus will return to planet earth in His full glory, illumination and power. So awesome will this event be, that the knee of every man will bow before Almighty God in humility and reverence.