KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:42 KJV “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”
The true identity of our Lord Jesus keeps baffling many. Some say He was begotten of God, and so He is lower in nature, authority and power to God the Father. Some also say He is an angel. In fact, they claim He is specifically angel Michael.
Jesus, Himself said so much about who He was. In the second part of our key scripture, He said He proceeds from the Father. The word ‘from’ is the Greek word ‘ek’ which also means ‘out of. This fully agrees with John 1:18, which says He dwells in the bosom of the Father, and so comes out of His bosom. In what form or nature did He dwell in the bosom of the Father? John 1:1 reveals that He is the word of God. The eternal state of Jesus is that He is the word of God.
The word begotten is used in the sense of, the word coming out of the Father, and took on flesh John 1:14.As the word coming from the Father He has also been sent by the Father.
He is revealed again as the word of God in Rev 19:13 KJV” And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” Jesus is the eternal word of God, and He is one, in authority, power and stature as God. John put it this way. John 1:1 KJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He then took on flesh to become a man, although He did not come in all the glory He had with the Father. Philippians 2:5-7. John 17:5 KJV “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” He said the Father should glorify Him with the glory He had together with the Father, from the beginning. He had the same glory as the Father.
It was the assignment to save mankind that made Him put down that glory to become a man and save men. Please consider the following verse.1Pe 1:2 KJV “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” We see Father, Son and Holy Spirit all working together for the redemption of mankind (This is the trinity operating here). We see the foreknowledge of the Father in election, the Holy Spirit sanctifies, and the Son dies to save us with His blood.
When the Lord was on earth, He made statements like, the Father is greater than the son, John 24:28, or It is the father who determines times and seasons Act 1:7. He made all these statements because He had put down His glory as God. Now He has that glory and functions fully as God.
Jesus is God, He lived in eternity past as the word of God, and so He proceeded out of the Father to take on flesh and blood. He is one with the Father in power, authority and wisdom.
THOUGHT: JESUS IS THE MYSTERY OF GOD EXPLAINED
John 1:14 KJV “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.”
Phil 2:6 KJV Who, being in the form of God, 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: