Summary: Three things we can know about Christ in His preexistence.
The Preexistence of Christ
A. No study of the life of Christ would be complete without looking carefully at His ministry before He was born on earth to Mary.
B. Many have tried to explain away the preexistence of Christ.
1. Jesus did not exist at all until his birth.
2. One group teachers that God came personally and visited Mary, bringing about the conception of Jesus.
3. Another teachers that Jesus was Michael the archangel before he came to earth.
4. Many just try to avoid it altogether.
C. The preexistence of Christ is important because if we are to believe that Jesus Christ is indeed God, and that God is eternal, the Christ of necessity must have been in existence before He visited us on earth.
D. The birth of Christ was simply an advent. And just as that advent effected the history of man and has continued to do so, the things that he did before that advent had great effect as well.
E. What can we know about Christ in His preexistent state?
F. Read John 1:1-18
II. (1-3,14) You can know first that Christ was preexistent in His presence.
A. In the beginning was the Word-the Word as Jesus.
B. He created all things. Gen. 1:1 says in the beginning
God created the heavens and the earth.
C. John explains this by saying that the word, Jesus, was not only with God in the beginning or creation, but that Jesus I God.
D. Co. 1:16-17 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
E. Jesus was present in the creation working with and for man. Be He was also at work all during the years before His birth.
1. By Him all things consist—He holds it all together
2. In Gen. 18 the Lord appeared unto Abraham
3. In Joshua 5 He appeared unto Joshua
4. In Daniel, He stood with the three young men as they stood for Him.
F. Read John 8:33ff Jesus spoke of His own preexistence.
G. Read Pro. 8:22ff
III. (3,10) You can know also that Christ was preexistence in His power.
A. We have already seen that Jesus had the power to create all things.
B. There is nothing you can imagine that He did not create. He created even your ability to think and use that imagination.
C. Not only did He create; He still holds it all together.
D. Is it any wonder then that He had power to heal, to raise the dead, to forgive sins?
1. Is. 9:6 says “the government shall be upon his shoulder:”
2. Is. 40:10 “Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold his reward is with him and his work before him.”
3. Is. 50:2 “Is my hand shortened al all, that it cannot redeem?’
E. Perhaps the greatest statement ever made by Christ himself of His own power concerned His resurrection.
1. “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh if from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, I have the power to take it again.”