The Preexistent Christ
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1 Regarding the existence of Christ:
There was when He was not.
There was a point in eternity when He came to be.
He was not before His birth in Bethlehem.
There was not when He was not.

2 In the statement of John 3:16, "God gave his only begotten son," the term "begotten" refers to:
a point in eternity before time began.
His conception by the Holy Spirit when Mary was overshadowed.
a spiritual relationship only between Father and Son.
none of the above suggestions.

3 Concerning the mental relationship between the Father and the Son:
Since they are two persons, yet of one substance, they are capable of holding
different views on most subjects.
They are totally independent of each other, but of the same spirit in love.
They are incapable of drawing different mental conclusions.
The wisdom of the Father is superior to that of the Son of God.

4Concerning the creation of the universe:
In the beginning God the Father alone created the heavens and the earth
Christ was the divine agent by whom all things were made that were made.
Neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit had any part in creation.
Both John and the writer of the book of Hebrews prove that Christ had nothing to do with creation.

5Regarding the original existence of Christ:
He came to be before the beginning of all angelic beings and before the existence of all worlds.
He was self-existing and in reality had no beginning
God the Father was in existence before Christ the Son of God was in existence.
Christ has not always been, nor will He always be.

6The word "Christophany" means that:
Christ appeared to men in one form or another during Old Testament times.
Christ may have been present on occasions but never appeared visibly.
Christ was always totally transcendent.
Christ was beheld first by the shepherds at Bethlehem.

7When Jacob's name was changed to Israel, Christ appeared to him in the form of:
a man.
an angel.
an animal.
a fowl.

8At the unconsumed burning bush, the angel of the Lord referred to himself as (Ex. 3:1-10):
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
an angel without divine prerogatives.
a Midianite with deep concern about the children of Israel.
a fellow shepherd who gave helpful suggestions about sheep.

9 In Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58:
the speakers in these two verses were different persons.
the speaker in the Old Testament verse was Moses and the one in the New was Jesus.
The speaker in both verses was the same person, the Great I Am, Jesus Christ.
There is no relationship between the two verses.

10According to Isaiah 53, the purpose for Christ coming into the world as depicted by the suffering servant was to:
condemn and punish sinful men.
make men in nature like angels.
become the sin offering on whom God could lay the iniquity of us all
explain the philosophical issues that are related to suffering.

©1978 by R.O.Corvin