~ Without Beginning & Without End ~
Introduction ~ There us a tendency by some to think of eternal as a future situation, but the word often encompasses both the past and the future. When we speak of the eternal nature of God it encompasses eternity-past and eternity-future. This applies to all three members of the triune God.
Christ Was Never Born ~ Perhaps our English wording of John 3:16 “… He [God the Father] gave His only begotten Son…” creates confusion in the minds of some. In the original language we find Jesus referred to as the “one and only Son of the Father.” Nowhere in Scripture is it said that Jesus Christ was born of God. Throughout the New Testament we do find that believers are said to be “born of God” (examples include John 1:13; 3:3, 5, 8; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4).
Christ Is The Creator ~ “In the beginning God [a plural word in the original language] created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1-5). “For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17).
Summary ~ There has never been a time when Jesus Christ did not exist. There will never come a time when Jesus Christ does not exist. Because, we are bound by space, matter, and time it is difficult to really grasp the significance of an eternal Savior.
the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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