Is Jesus Co-eternal with God?

Trinitarian dogma says you must believe Jesus Christ is co-eternal with God. We are forced to wonder if that means he wasn’t really born in Bethlehem after all. There is also talk in the creeds of an eternal begetting and we suspect this strange idea would have put a lot of strain on Mary. All kidding aside, is there any truth to the idea that Jesus existed from eternity long before He was born?  No doubt there is some language in the New Testament that is confusing, unless you take into account other Biblical teachings that help clarify things. Let’s take a closer look.

What is Prophetic Prolepsis?

This might be a term you’ve never even heard but it is an academic way of saying that God “calleth the things that are not as though they are.” (Romans 4:17) You can write it in your book that once God wills and determines something it is as good as done. “Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isaiah 43:13) God can speak of things He has planned as though they have already happened because in His mind they are absolutely certain to take place. This is why He can speak of things that have yet to occur as though they existed from all eternity. They are real in His will and sovereign plan and that is the ultimate reality. “He calleth the things that are not as though they are.”

So How Old is Jesus Christ?

God’s will and plan from eternity was that He would have a Son who would ultimately redeem mankind and bring us to our high destiny. This was as good as done from all eternity but Jesus’ actual life didn’t begin until He was miraculously conceived in Mary’s womb and born in Bethlehem. Christ’s goings forth have been “from everlasting” in the mind of God but Jesus’ actual appearing didn’t come to pass until He was born. This is a biblical and comprehensible way to understand the scriptures that seem to indicate Jesus existed from eternity. We’ll come back to the idea of Jesus’ supposedly co-eternal status with God again in future posts. For now just read your Bible with the idea in mind that the things God declares in His Word already exist in His plan for the ages but the fulfillment of those things may still be in the future. “He calleth the things that are not as though they are” because they are absolutely going to happen! God will make sure of it.

PS: This isn’t a hard idea to understand but it is important. If what we have shared here  makes sense to you please share this post with a friend. Thanks and God bless.

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