He Is Before All Things – Part 2

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

As God, the person we now know as Jesus Christ had no beginning, was not begotten, was not a Son, and did not come into being. He always existed as God (Ps. 90:2; Mic. 5:2; John 1:1-2; Heb. 1:8). But as man and as God’s Son He was not eternal. He had a beginning. He was begotten – at the same time, Mary had a Son. Therefore, the doctrine of the eternal sonship of Jesus Christ is irreconcilable to reason, unscriptural, and contradictory to itself. Eternity has no beginning, so if He has been God from eternity, then He could not have a beginning as God. Eternity has no reference to time, so if He was begotten “this day,” then it was done in time and not in eternity.

The word Son supposes time, generations, father, mother, beginning, and conception – unless one is a son by creation, as Adam (Luke 3:38), and angels (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7; Gen. 6:1-4). Time, created, and beginning, are opposites to God and eternity and are absolutely impossible to reconcile with them. If sonship refers to deity, not to humanity, then this person of the Deity had a beginning in time and not in eternity. It is plainly stated in Psalm 2:7; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5; 5:5 that God had a Son “this day” and not in eternity. It is stated in Hebrews 1:5-7; Lukev1:35 and Matthew 1:18-25 when this took place. It was nearly 2,000 years ago. It had been predicted that God would have a Son (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Heb. 1:5; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:32-35). This was fulfilled when the virgin conceived “of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 1:20), not at any other time. To say that God had an eternal Son would mean He had two; but it is plainly stated that Jesus was “the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14, 18; 3:16-18; 1Jn. 4:9).

‘By him all things consist’ – Not only did He create all things (1:16), but all things are held together by Him (Heb. 1:3).

He Is Before All Things – Part 1

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

‘And he is before all things’ He is an eternal being (Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Mic. 5:1-2; John 1:1-2; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 1:8-11; Ps. 90:2). The person who was to be born in Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah of the nation of Israel was to be God – an eternal Being “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Mic. 5:2; Isa. 9:6-7; John 1:1-3, 14; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 1:8; 2:8; 22:13). As man He had a beginning, was begotten, and was brought into being; but as God, He had no beginning, was not begotten, and did not come into being From John 1:1 we see the following: “In the beginning [dateless past] was the Word, and the Word [Jesus] was with God, and the Word was God [part of the Trinity].”

From Acts 13:33 we see Psalm 2:7 quoted: “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” This refers to the incarnation when the second person of the Divine Trinity took a human body to redeem (Php. 2:5-11; Isa. 7:14; 9:6). It was when God had a Son through Mary (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14). This happened on a certain day: “This day have I begotten thee” (Heb. 1:5-7). Therefore, we cannot say that God had a Son before this time. This proves that sonship in connection with God had to refer to humanity and not deity.

To be continued…