Question #37: Scripturally prove that Christ preexisted.
Answer: Christ’s heavenly origin necessitates preexistence (Jn 3:17, 31; 6:38, 51; 17:5, 24). “Coming from above” speaks of His existence before “coming in the flesh.”
His work of creation proves His preexistence (Jn 1:3; 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 3:9; Col 1:16; Heb 1:10).
His appearances in the Old Testament requires His preexistence (also called Theophanies).
Christ’s titles also imply preexistence and eternality. He is the logos (Jn 1:1, 14), the Son of God (Jn 3:16-17, 10:36; Ps 2:7; Gal 4:4); meaning “in the order of God” rather than “the offspring of God” (cf: 1 Ki 20:35 and Neh 12:28), the Only Begotten (Jn 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; 1 Jn 4:9); which expresses the unique relationship with the Father from eternity, and the Firstborn (Mt 1:25; Lk 2:7; Rom 8:29; Col 1:15, 18; Heb 1:6; Rev 1:5); which refers to priority of position and not necessarily to the one birthed first (cf: Ac 26:33 and Mt 27:52 ff).
One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.
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