Chapter 3: The Biblical Proofs of the Deity of Jesus Christ - First: His Everlasting Existence
FIRST: HIS EVERLASTING EXISTENCE
The beginning of every human being on this planet earth is the day of his birth, but Jesus Christ is different; he is everlasting.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
In John 6:38 Jesus said:
...for I have come down from heaven.
He also said to the Jews, in John 8:56-58, "Before Abraham was, I AM." We have to notice that he did not say, "before Abraham was, I was," but he said, "I AM," using the same title God used when He talked with Moses at Horeb:
And God said unto Moses, I AM that I AM: and He said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you (Exodus 3:14).
He was not before Abraham in the mind of God. He was not before Abraham in His rank. He was before Abraham in His existence, for He is everlasting.
In His prayer recorded in the Gospel of John, Chapter 17:5, Jesus said:
And now, Father, glorify Me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was.
Again in verse 24 in the same chapter He said:
Father... You loved Me before the foundation of the world (NKJV).
Jesus came down from heaven.
The Old Testament mentions Him in the Book of Psalms:
The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool" (Psalm 110:1 - NKJV).
It mentions Him also in the Book of Proverbs:
Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name and what is His Son’s name, if you know? (Proverbs 30:4).
Moreover, the plan of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ was foreordained before the foundation of the world and before the beginning of time:
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you (I Peter 1:18-20).
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness - a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time... (Titus 1:1,2).
Jesus came down from heaven.
He was before Abraham.
He was with the Father in glory before the world was.
He was loved by the Father before the foundation of the world.
The plan of salvation by His precious blood was foreordained before the foundation of the world and before the beginning of time.
We all agree that God is eternal and everlasting. Consequently, His attributes must also be eternal and everlasting. He should not lose any of His attributes nor acquire new ones. So, if God is the eternal Father, then Jesus must be His eternal Son, for there is no eternal fatherhood without eternal sonship.
Knowing this truth, we should dismiss any idea of a sexual act concerning the case of the Sonship of Jesus Christ, for this unique Sonship is not physical. It is eternal.