Jesus Christ from the Beginning
We find in the King James Version of the bible, that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” [Genesis 1:26]. Who was God referring too when He said “us” and “our?” The Apostle John testified that the Word, who is Jesus Christ, was with God in the beginning, and was the Lamb who was “slain from the foundation of the world.” [Revelation 13:8]. Apostle Paul also explained to the Colossians that God created all things through the Lord Jesus.
The following Scriptures testify that Christ was not merely a Jew of the first century, but that He existed before creation as the Master prayed in the seventeenth chapter of John. “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” [John 17:5]. Nevertheless, Jesus “thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” [Philippians 2:6-8].
Thus, Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the true and living God, chose to leave the courts of glory that He might be the perfect revelation of God in the flesh. So that as He was lifted up upon the cross, He might draw all men unto Him on the conditions of repentance and baptism, both of the water and the Spirit. Wherefore, a great light entered into the world to show us the love of God in the flesh and pave the way for our redemption…
Scriptures to Consider
John 1:1-5, 14 (KJV)
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1 John 1:1-2 (KJV)
1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
Colossians 1:9-18 (KJV)
1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his [meaning Jesus Christ’s] blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 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: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
1 Peter 1:19-20 (KJV)
1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
Hebrews 1:1-2, 10 (KJV)
1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds… 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands
John 8:58 (KJV)
8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. [read Exodus 3:14]
John 17:5 (KJV)
17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
1 Corinthians 8:6
8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Several years ago, there was a young boy who built a small sail boat with his father. One day they took the boat to a lake so that the boy could set it on the water. While the boy was playing with the boat, an errant wind rose up and caught the sail boat, taking it to the other side of the lake. The father and son drove around the lake searching for it, but they were unable to find it.
A couple months later, while in a town by the lake, the boy saw his sail boat sitting in the window of a local pawn shop. The boy hurried inside and told the man at the counter that the boat was his, saying, “That ship is mine, I made it!” “Son, that boat is not yours,” the man replied. “Someone brought that in and I paid good money for it. If you want it, you will have to pay for it.”
The boy left the shop determined to purchase his sail boat. Over the next couple of weeks, he performed every odd job that he could find in order to save enough money to buy the boat. Finally, after a period of time, the boy earned enough, and he and his father drove back to the town. The boy walked elatedly into the pawn shop and purchased his sail boat. While walking out of the shop, the boy looked up at his father, saying, “Daddy, I made it and I bought it.”
One day, the Lord Jesus Christ will stand before His Father, and say, “Father, we have made them and we have bought them.”
The Great Plan of Redemption
Twelve principles found within the Gospel of Jesus Christ outline the plan of our redemption and salvation. Beginning with the creation and ending with eternal life