In the Beginning

Dear Brethren,

There is a growing heresy within God's Church in which the pre-existence of Jesus Christ, is denied.  We hold that Jesus Christ, the Word of God, existed with the Father from the beginning, and that the Father brought about all creation through Him (John 1:1).  It is not our intention in this brief statement to argue whether or not God was "The Father" prior to the birth of the "Son of God."  "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth."  (Psalms 33:6)  It is evident from the Scriptures that Jesus Christ, prior to His birth, was LORD of the Old Testament.  Paul establishes that point in 1Corinthians 10:1-4.

"Brethren, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."

The beloved apostle, John, established that the creation was performed by Jesus Christ:  "All things [the universe] were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made."  (John 1:3) 

Those who deny that Jesus died for our sins, contend that Jesus Christ and the Father are either, one and the same, or that Jesus is a created being like other men.  If Jesus and the Father are one and the same, He was not actually dead - or He would still be dead, and we would still be in our sins.  If Jesus were a created being - He could not have paid for the sins of the world; only His own (John 1:29).  Jesus is worth more than all the world by nature of the fact that He is Creator.

It is only by the fact that God the Father raised Jesus from death back to Spiritual life that He became the firstborn.  "[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  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 [universes] were created by him, and for him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."  (Colossians 1:15-17)

Paul wrote to the Ephesians about how God the Father is the ultimate Creator through Jesus Christ:  "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ."  (Ephesians 3:8-9)

Brethren, do not be confused about the unified approach to creation by the Father and the Son.  Jesus said that they were in perfect harmony - in everything.  "Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me."  (John 14:11)  Let's look at one last Scripture that proves that God the Father created the entire universe through Jesus Christ:  "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, has 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."  (Hebrews 1:1-2)


Sermon:  "In the Beginning"