Question #39: Scripturally prove Christ’s eternality.
Answer: His “goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Mic 5:2). He was with God before the beginning of the world (Jn 1:1; cf: Gen 1:1). “‘In the beginning’ presents Christ existing before creation (cf. 1 Jn 1:1; Gen 1:1). He precedes creation. The imperfect indicative active verb, en, (‘was’) comes from eimi and indicates a continuous existence, without beginning or end. The en is not in verse 14 as the verb egeneto is there used which indicates a beginning. Christ was (eternally existent) in the beginning but He became flesh.”3
Also Jn 8:58 indicates Christ’s eternality because “genesthai stresses a beginning in the case of Abraham; whereas, eimi indicates a continuous existence. The Jews knew what Christ meant by His use of the eimi (Jn 8:59, cf. Ex 3:14, LXX, ego eimi).”4
3 Hoyle Bowman, “An Outline of Christology” Lecture Notes (Winston-Salem, NC: Piedmont Baptist Graduate School, 2011), 7.
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