In the Beginning
Today we have so many ideas and theories of Jesus Christ and or God. Why are there so many ideas? Is Jesus God? Is Jesus co-equal and co-eternal with the Father? Did Jesus pre-exist before the foundation of the world or was His beginning with His physical birth here on earth? Did Jesus Christ take part in the creation? Who was the creator? You will find throughout scripture that in fact confirms the pre-existence, the creation, the creator, and Jesus Christ fellowship with the Father and His glory, and there is no confusion about it in the Bible! It is so vital to know the truth that our salvation depends on our belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God.
According to scriptures we find that Jesus was in the beginning with God before the world was, that is, from eternity, before any creation took place: John 17:24, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”
Apparently the false teachers in the church had been advocating inadequate views. The list that Paul gives of Christ are many, as translated in today’s English: Christ is “the visible likeness of the invisible God;” “He is the first born Son;” “superior to all created things;” “by Him God created everything;” “He existed before all things;” “in union with Him all things have their proper place;” “He is the head and source of life for the church;” “He was raised from the dead;” “The Son has in Himself the full nature of God.”
“Through Him God is at work reconciling all to Himself” (Colossian 1:15-23). “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15). An Image is a likeness, creates a representation of a person or thing (Webster’s Dictionary). The counterpart of God Almighty, and in the image of the invisible God, He is preeminent, omnipotent, and eternal, with the attribute, the full nature of God “Firstborn,” superior, the firstborn of the entire world, of all creation, the beginning, the Word or Spokesman.
John affirms both, he identifies Jesus as the Eternal Son, the Word, the Son of God, and He leaves no room for doubt. So “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, (His image)." “The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2).
“And he was clothed with vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called “The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13). We find in Colossians that Christ was the first of everything, before any creature, the firstborn, and God Jehovah's creation, His son Jesus Christ. We see that there was a family of God before the foundation, so God and Christ cannot be "one" as so many teach. In John 17 as Christ prayed to Jehovah, Christ spoke of the love God had for Him before the foundation of the world was ever created. John spoke of Christ being with God from the beginning in John 1:1-2 as Christ is being called “the Word” as confirmed in Revelation 19:13. Can there be any other way to interpret these scriptures? It is stated so clear so simple, there is God Jehovah, and his first creation, Jesus Christ the son of the Living God, there cannot be any other way to explain this beginning.
Here we have God Jehovah and Jesus Christ the Son of God in existence from eternity, before any creation. Now according to scriptures, which then became the creator of the universe, man, and the animal kingdom?
“In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14). “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15). “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:9).
“All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made." Some were skeptical that He was the Son of God. Others doubted that He was truly a man. John affirms both. He identifies Jesus the eternal Son, the Word, agent of creation. He leaves no room for doubt. (John 1:3). The Lord is praised for the works of creation, and by “the word of the LORD was the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6).
You can see that it was through Jesus Christ that God created all things. The word then became Jesus Christ. John tells us that “all things were made by Him," Jesus Christ. There is only one we have redemption through, the one who died on the cross, Jesus Christ the creator. What awesome power had been given to the Word! The Word created everything that exists on earth, including the human race itself, “and the Lord God formed man of the dust” (Genesis 2:7). Thus the relationship of love between Jesus and God the Father is on submission and obedience. God the Father gave power to Jesus, His son, the Word, Jesus always submits in love to His Father, they are as one.
We have Jesus being created, Jesus the creator, Jesus our savior, and soon to be Jesus the King. Who then is Jehovah, and what do we know of Him? Has anyone talked to, walked with or seen Jehovah God the Father?
“No one has ever seen God. It is Jesus the only Son, ever at the Father’s side, who revealed Him” (John 1:18). Moses and others heard His voice, and saw the cloud and the fire, which were symbols of His presence; but such a manifestation of God has now taken place, in the person of Jesus Christ, had never before been exhibited to the world. It is likely that the Word seen here was the Word of John 1:1-3. No man, how highly so ever favored hath fully known God, at any time, in any nation or age.
“Moreover, the Father who sent Me has Himself given testimony on my behalf, His voice you have never heard, nor seen His shape” (John 5:37). Not that My Father ever appeared visibly or spake audibly to any of you; but He did it by the mouths of the prophets.
Through scriptures it is evident that no man has ever spoken to, seen, or heard God the Father, Almighty God, Jehovah at any time. That is why in 1Timothy 2:5 the Word tells us that there is only one way to go to the Father Jehovah, and that is through our mediator, Jesus Christ: and “there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
So, who spoke to the prophets in the Old Testament? Who walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? Or Abram, Noah, and Moses? It was Jesus Christ our Savior. In Genesis 3:8-11 you will find Adam & Eve walking and talking with Christ in the Garden. Speaking as you and a friend would, so how do we know this is Jesus and not Jehovah? Because the scriptures stated “No one has heard (God) his voice at any time,” and remember Christ was already in existence before the world was. Neither Moses nor any of the prophets had ever seen or heard God. Jesus saw and revealed Him; no man how highly favored hath fully known God at any time in any nation or age. Only Jesus hath declared Him, and hath announced the divine oracles unto men.
The Lord Jesus, who is the Creator of all things and the fountain of life, was manifested in the flesh. He was sent for a purpose, one purpose to give us the chance to eternal life. Without Christ, his death, his resurrection, we would be condemned to death, eternal death to all men.
“And the Word was Made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we behold His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). “For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us” (1 John 1:2).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Such a love as that which induced God to give His only begotten Son to die for the world could not be described; it took Jesus Christ to attempt it. He has put an eternity of the meaning in particle so left a subject for everlasting reflection, wonders, and praise, to angels and to men.
Christ tells His disciples that the Father is the head, and He had sent Him to instruct and to save mankind. Now the sender is greater than He who was sent. Explaining the relationship between Himself and the Father while He was on earth, Jesus said, “My Father is greater than I” This shows us that the power came from Jehovah, the Father of Jesus Christ. We have 2 spiritual beings here, not one, but two, one being greater than the other. John 10:30 says: “I and my Father are one.” They are in spirit and unity, just as a husband and wife: Gen 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Two beings but one is spirit. There is no confusion in the Bible, the Bible will interpret itself if one is willing to accept His words, and not the teachings of mankind.
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (John 5:19). “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3). “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28).
There was a purpose for Christ from the beginning of his existence, from being the Creator, our Sacrifice, the beginning, and the end, yet in all the Scripture He Glorified God. Christ made it clear He could do nothing of Himself; the power came from the Father. Christ came to introduce the Father, to let everyone know there was another, one more powerful than Him. Prior to Christ crucifixion his prayer was that all might know Jehovah; “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 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” (John 17:1-5).
Christ made it so clear that there was one greater than Him, and that Jehovah sent Him, that Christ came to save the lost. God the father resurrected Jesus to the eternal life he had possessed, as the Word, the Creator, the Son of God. Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the first and last, the beginning and the end. Jesus was not co-equal in power with the Father, as Christ could do nothing of himself. Jesus was the Son of God and entirely dependent upon the father for that He had, including the words that He spoke. Today, Christ sits in heaven on the right hand side of God the Father.
But to us there is but “one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (1 Corinthians 8:6). “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13). “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).
You can see with all the divine scriptures there were two Eternal Spirit Beings before any humans existed, or before anything was, and Jesus Christ was the creator of this magnificent universe, life itself. This same Jesus, Son of the living God, Creator of all, will next be seen as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS,” (Revelation 19:16,) when he returns.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Creator, Savior, and King? He's coming soon to redeem His own! Are you ready? If you are not ready for the return of Jesus Christ then pray this prayer.
Almighty God, I believe in one God, the Father, The Almighty, Jehovah, and in one
Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, the true Messiah, begotten of the
Father before all, creator of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible,
God of Gods, light of light, begotten, not made, being whom all things were made;
and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnated by the Holy Spirit
of the Virgin Mary, and was crucified for us. He suffered and was buried, and after
the Third day He rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven
and is sitting at the right hand of the Father. I ask for the forgiveness of my sins, and
I accept the blood atonement of Jesus Christ, my Savior, Messiah, my King. Amen