I wanted to write an article about the pre-existence of the Messiah. That is, his existence before his birth. How can you exist before your are born? Well, literally you don’t, but the following is a quote from Rabbinical writings in regards to the Messiah. It demonstrates the thought world that was in existence at the time of the apostles’ writings. The apostles were immersed in this thought world. Their understanding and teaching about the origins of the Messiah is in line with what was taught by the Rabbi’s of their day. They were Jews and they thought like Jews. Their thought paradigm was Jewish and it was immersed in the bible. They had two things in view, that God is one and that he calls those things that don’t exist as though they do. They had no knowledge of a three person God, but a simple un-divided unity. God’s thoughts are real and they are infused with life even before they come into existence in time and space.
“The belief was general that the sending of the Messiah was part of the Creator’s plan at the inception of the Universe. “Seven things were created before the world was created: Torah, repentance, the Garden of Eden (i.e. Paradise), Gehinnom, the Throne of Glory, the Temple, and the name of the Messiah” (Pes. 54a). In a later work there is the observation: “From the beginning of the creation of the world king Messiah was born, for he entered the mind (of God) before even the world was created” (Pesikta Rab. 152b)
This was their view point towards “pre-existence” and I believe what Paul and John had hidden in their hearts as they wrote “he that came after me was preferred before me for he was before me” and “he is the image of the invisible God the firstborn of every creature, for by him were all things created…” Writing under inspiration in the gospel and epistles they understood Jesus was born before time when he entered the mind/plan of God. Messiah was born in the mind of God before the creation of the world and he was God’s perfect man, so all things were made by this perfect man, who was still a thought in the mind of the Creator. This Jewish understanding was lost and thus ensued the Greek philosophical trinity of persons. The Greeks understood these scriptures in terms of a pre-existent second divine person whereas the apostles that wrote the words understand they were referring to the pre-eminent thought and purpose of God, the Messiah.
Paul said that God calls those things that are not as though they were. Another rendering of the verse is “calls the things which do not exist as existing.” God’s thoughts are real and they have life in them, even if they have not been manifested or brought to pass yet. Thus all things were made by God through Messiah who was born in the mind/plan of God before creation. It is not a contradiction to say that Messiah created all things when in fact at the creation of the world he had not yet been born. He was merely born in the plan or mind of God before the creation of the world.
Some may say that Jesus is the word of John 1:1. Brother Branham said that if you make the word a separate person from God you make him one out of three. [Christ Revealed In His Own Word] I want to take a closer look at this. From the Encyclopedia Britanica. “Greek: “word,” “reason,” “plan”) In Greek philosophy and theology, the divine reason that orders the cosmos and gives it form and meaning.” Logos can literally mean the divine plan. We could render John 1:1-3, 14 as this, “in the beginning was the divine plan and the divine plan was with God and the divine plan was God. The same was in the beginning with God. In it was life and the life was the light of men. The divine plan became 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.” The great divine plan prior to the incarnation was with God and was God himself. God’s revelation is God, you cannot separate God from his self-revelation and plan. God’s plan reveals him and his nature and invisible attributes. This divine plan became flesh. That is when the Son was born (brought into existence) the plan was made flesh. All the prophecies concerning Messiah and what God planned to do through the Messiah became flesh. The prophecies literally took on flesh. This is not a second pre-existent person, but rather the divine plan or prophecies becoming flesh.
Brother Jason DeMars, is an author, preacher and a missionary that plants churches in the Middle East. He travels extensively to the Middle East, but resides full time in Crystal, Minnesota where he lives with his with Amy and two daughters, Avery and Mina.
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