Who Is Jesus Christ? The Pre-existent Christ
Who is Jesus Christ? This entire course is an attempt to answer this question. The best we can do is provide only a partial answer. For in studying the life, the word, the works and the power of Jesus Christ, one will invariably come to the same conclusion with which His beloved disciple John closed his gospel, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." John 21:25.

The best place to begin this study of Christ is to begin at the beginning. Yet this is most difficult because He had no beginning. He is from eternity to eternity without beginning or ending, yet He claimed to be both the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the ending.

The apostle John, in writing his gospel, took a popular Greek word and left it with all of its original meaning, but diffused new light into the word and made it to mean vastly more than it originally meant. The word was "Word."

There were two ideas that the Greeks originally embraced in the meaning of the term. John embraced these and added new ideas. The two ideas that the Greeks gave to the term "Word" were:

  • "In the beginning was the Word, and
  • the Word was with God."

The new ideas that John, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, breathed into the "Word" were,
  • "And the Word was God,"
  • "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
  • In Him is eternal life.
  • The Word was Light.
  • The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us as a human being.
  • Through Him the suns of darkness and death, by a spiritual birth, may become children of light and have eternal life.
This divine logos, the eternal Word, the One who was in the beginning, who was with God, who was God, by whom all created things came to be, in whom is eternal life and divine light, who, though eternal, became flesh causing God to become man and man to become God, through whose life and death forgiveness of sins for the whole human race has been made an undeniable reality.

This person is Jesus Christ. Jesus is human. Christ is God. Christ was before Jesus was, yet in the union of the two natures both became one, therefore Jesus Christ was in existence before He was born. He was God before He was man. His existence before His birth is referred to as His pre-existence.

The best place to observe His pre-existence is in both the Old and the New Testaments.

ASSIGNMENT: Genesis 3:15; 49:10; Exodus 3:32-6; Leviticus 8:22-23; Numbers 24:17; Deuteronomy 18:15;
Joshua 5:14; 7:9; 15:15; Ruth 4:9-10; I Samuel 7:15: II Samuel 5:2-3; I Kings 10:4-7; II Kings 2:11; I Chronicles 13:9-11; II Chronicles 32:21;
Ezra 2:1; Nehemiah 19:23; Esther 7:1-6; Job 2:7-10; Psalms 23:1; 24:7-10; 3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Song of Solomon 2:1-7; Micah 5:2; Zephaniah 3:14-15; Haggai2:9.

©1978 by R.O.Corvin