Did Jesus Always Exist?
See if you can spot the clues in these
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD; and
the Word was GOD."
"I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He
said to me, "You are my son, today I have begotten you"."
"And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the
fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it
is written in the second psalm, 'Thou art my Son, today I have begotten
1. In John 1:1, 'In the
beginning was', implies time, since eternity has no beginning, and it has no
ending. "The Word", was already in existence when GOD created time in Genesis
1:1-5. Consequently, the Word existed before the beginning of time, He thus
being outside of time. The Word already 'was' in the beginning. The Word is
2. In Psalms 2:7, 'today I have begotten you', very
clearly refers to a happening in time, by use of the word of time,
3. Acts 13:32-33, 'raising Jesus', also implies to a happening in
time, and a repeat of the 'today' of Psalms 2:7.
4. We can conclude then that
the Word always existed outside of time, but Jesus was born into
"But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his
Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were
under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons."
"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you
shall call his name Jesus."
The imminent coming of Jesus in
It is necessary that we define some terms for
which the reader might not be familiar:
1. Hypostasis: Any of the three
persons of the Holy Trinity. The essential person
of Jesus Christ in which
His human and divine natures are united.
2. Hypostatic union: The mystery of
the union of the divine nature of Christ with His
human nature. Christ has
two minds and two wills, united in the Divine Word.
Did the Hypostatic
Union always exist?
No, it did not and could not, since the human nature
of Christ did not exist before the conception of Jesus in the womb of the
Blessed Virgin Mary. The Hypostatic Union began with the conception of
"And Mary said: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me
according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.""
verse was the beginning of the human nature of Christ, whose name would be
and thus that of the Hypostatic Union as well.
Union of Christ's human nature with the Divine Logos (the Word) took place at
the moment of conception."
"There never was a mere man Jesus before the
connection and unification of GOD with Him."
"Mary's true Divine Motherhood
demands that the conception of Jesus and
the beginning of the Hypostatic
Union should coincide in time."
Dr. Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic
Dogma, pg 150.
It stands to reason that there could be no Hypostatic
Union without the human nature of Christ, whose name is Jesus.
Mt 1:22-23,4:1-11, Lk 2:51,5:21-26, Gal 4:7, Heb 1:1-14, 2Jn 1:7
the attributes of the two natures of Christ in the Hypostatic
As GOD in His Divine
As Man in His Human
He is eternally begotten, Gen 1:1-5, Jn
He was born into time, Lk
He is worshiped, Mt 2:2,11,
He worshiped the Father, Jn
He was called God, Jn 20:28, Heb
He was called man Mk 15:39, Jn
He was called Son of God, Mk
He was called Son of Man, Jn
He is prayed to, Act 7:59.
He prayed to the Father, Mt
He is sinless, 1Pet 2:22, Heb
For our sake He made him to be sin, 2Cor
He knows all things, Jn
He grew in wisdom, Lk
He gives eternal life, Jn
He died, Rom 5:8.
He is the fullness of deity, Col
He has a flesh and bone body, Luke
The triple birth of
1. He was begotten of the Father without a mother. He was
born into eternity, John 1:14, Colossians 1:15.
2. He was born of a
mother without a father. He was born into time, Luke 2:7,11
3. He was born
into us at Baptism, Galatians 2:20.
Christ is mentioned in the Old
1. "The Messiah", Dan 9:25-26, King James (KJ).
Anointed One", 2Chron 6:42, Psa 132:10, Dan 9:25-26, Revised Standard Version
3. "The Christ", 1Sam 2:10, 2Sam 23:1, Psa 2:2, Psa 84:9, Lam 4:20,
Dan 9:25-26, Hab 3:13, Douay Rheims (DR).
The correct title of Jesus is,
Jesus the Christ
Did Christ always exist?
for all eternity. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, the second
person of the Holy Trinity.
Did Jesus always exist?
human nature of the Divine person of Christ, did not always exist.
born into time. His existence began with His conception in the womb of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
There was no human nature of Christ in heaven before the
incarnation of Jesus.
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign.
Behold a virgin shall (denotes future tense) conceive, and bear a son and his
name shall be called Emmanuel (GOD with us, a title)."
behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his
See this flowchart for a different way
of presenting this subject.
Written by Bob Stanley, June 1, 2003
Posted July 29, 2008
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