Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Jesus Has Always Been

John 1:1 says, " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

John uses the imperfect verb eimi translated “was” to describe continuous action in the past. So the verse could read: “In the beginning always existed the Word.” By saying “In the beginning” “The Logos [Word] did not then begin to be, but at that point at which all else began to be, He already was” (The Expositor’s Bible Comm.).

J.C. Ryal said, “He had no beginning. He was before all things. There never was the time when He was not” (Expository Thoughts on John 1, 4).

Jesus said He was with God before the creation of the world when He prayed in John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You, before the world was.” In Hebrews 7:3, the writer of Hebrews describes Melchizedek as “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.”

He was with God (vv.1b-2). John says, “and the Word was with God...He was in the beginning with God” (vv.1b-2). Here John gives us a glimpse of the glory of Jesus. He says that Jesus was literally face-to-face with God. He “was” (eimi, imperfect verb) “with God.” “With God” in Greek in pros ton theon. This phrase means far more than merely that the Word existed with God; it “[gives] the picture of two personal beings facing one another and engaging in intelligent discourse” (W. Robert Cook, The Theology of John, 49). “From all eternity Jesus, as the second person of the trinity, was ‘with the Father [pros ton patera]’ (1 John 1:2) in deep, intimate fellowship” (John MacArthur, John 1-11, 17). The Scriptures affirm Jesus had this kind of relationship with the Father. He said in John 8:58, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” Listen again to John 17:5 which says, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

My friend, Jesus is God. There is no other way to put it. Examine the Scriptures for yourself and see if this is not true.

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