|Eternal Existence of the Lord Jesus Christ|
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|Friday, 12 June 2009 21:15|
Eternal Existence of the Lord Jesus Christ
Christians who accept Jesus Christ as God are also called upon to accept His miraculous birth, atoning death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. All these events are supernatural, and they have to be accepted by faith.
One of the contentions which the Lord Jesus had with His contemporaries was His claim of pre-existence. He told them, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it, and was glad.' Then the Jews said to Him, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."' (Jn. 8:56-58). We recall how God revealed Himself to His people during the Old Testament time.
"And God said to Moses, 'l AM WHO I AM'. And He said, 'Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you."' (Ex. 3:14-15)
The Name "I AM WHO I AM" is "YAHWEH" in Hebrew (Ex. 6:3). It means that God is Eternal and He exists all the time. This is exactly what Jesus claims. This is also one of the conditions of the Messiah as prophesied :
"But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Mic 5:2).
Many have found the virgin birth of Christ a total mystery, so to accept Christ's eternal existence is extremely difficult. Some have argued that since the Lord Jesus actually grew up in the normal process, how could one explain His pre-existence (Lk. 2:52; Mt. 13:55-56; Jn. 6:42).
The Holy Bible gives us two ways to show the pre-existence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The first way is through the Word – Logos.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (Jn 1:1)
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (Jn. 1:14)
The Lord Jesus Christ pre-existed as “the Word” before He “became flesh and dwelt among us.” Secondly, the Holy Bible explains clearly about the virgin birth and its connection with Christ's eternal existence.
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit." (Mt. 1:18)
"But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." (Mt. 1:20)
"And Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I do not know a man?' And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God." (Lk 1:34-35)
In the above three passages it is clearly stated that Jesus who was being conceived "is of the Holy Spirit". We know that there is only one Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:4), and that is God (Jn. 4:24). The Holy Bible also tells us explicitly that the Holy Spirit is :
“The Spirit of Christ and Spirit of God” (Rom. 8:9) “Spirit of His Son” (Gal. 4:6)“Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Php. 1:19) “Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:2)
Since the Holy Spirit is also called the "Spirit of the Lord", "the Lord is that Spirit" (2 Cor. 3:17). The Holy Spirit is called "the eternal Spirit" (Heb. 9:14) because God is eternal. So now we can understand how the Lord Jesus Christ has an eternal existence.
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