Son of God
29th November 2008, mgh,hej
This Article: (12 Pages)
- 1. The Son of God
- 2. The Son of Man
- 3. The Special Birth of the Son of God
- 4. Paul's ideas regarding God and the... Son of God
- 5. What is meant by Jesus being Sent?
- 6. God's Character Shown to the World
- 7. There is no power but that of Yahweh
- 8. Jesus as the Man
- 9. In the Beginning was the Word... (John 1)
- 10. The Title 'God'
- 11. Could Christ have Pre-existed?
- 12. Our future as Sons of God
11) Could Christ have Pre-existed?
The preceding evidence completely negates the pre-existence of Christ. However, there are a number of passages that are produced as evidence to support this theory. In each and every case the fact that Yahweh had a plan with mankind explains them. A Redeemer had to be raised up to make the way for the forgiveness of sins and provide for salvation.
Jesus came from above in the sense that the power of Yahweh overshadowed Mary so that she conceived a son. All things were created by him in the sense that Yahweh's plan in creating all things including man, depended on a redeemer who was in all points like us, but had the spiritual support of His Father. Before his appearing to Israel he grew in wisdom and was in close communication with His Father. He was well grounded in the Old Testament writings and had an unequalled understanding of Yahweh's purpose. Throughout the Old Testament the seed of the woman to overcome sin and death was promised: to Eve, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to David (see 'The Man Promised the Earth' & 'Personal Promises'). The nation of Israel is the witness to the truth of these promises, through dispersion, persecution, regathering and the revival of the nation in these latter days.
Jesus said that he was from 'above'. This is opposed to being from the 'earth', or of human nature. What does that tell us? It tells us that he was completely focussed on heavenly things doing his Father's will. His whole purpose in life had been clearly set out in the prophetic writings. He knew well the implications of Isaiah 53 and his sacrificial role in the process of redemption for mankind. He thought the same as his Father and was completely obedient to his Father's will. To fulfil the role of the Redeemer, Jesus had to be flesh and blood as we are to overcome sin. Only in this way would he be a fitting sacrifice and redeemer to take away the sins of mankind.
In the book of Isaiah, the Creator declared the 'end from the beginning' and 'the things that are not yet done.' From the beginning and the creation of mankind the word, the 'logos', has gone forth from above to achieve the Creator's purpose with this earth.
“I am God and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things not yet done, Saying my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46: 9)