Christ was before all things, So Enjoy it!
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."
It is great for the believer to know that they serve a Christ who has no beginning and will have no end. Boasting in this Christ gives the believer certainty and surety that their Savior is supreme over all things.
Christ was before all things. This is hard for the finite mind to understand because it only knows life with a beginning and an end. For Christ, however, this is not the case. Jesus Christ holds primacy over all things and is Creator of all things because He was before all things (Colossians 1:17: â€œAnd he is before all things, and in him all things hold togetherâ€). Before light was separated from darkness, Jesus Christ existed as Yahweh--the eternal existing God. One way of seeing this is through the prophet Micah when he said, â€œO Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.â€ Before all creation, Christ was; and everything before creation was self-existent: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
It is a crucial aspect of believing of the gospel to see that the gospel itself existed before creation. Christ in His pre-existence must be lifted high because there are none like Him, and none that can say they were there before creation. Knowing and believing that we serve a Christ who always existed, exalts Christ above all things. The believer must make this a crucial truth in their own life so that they may stand against false religions that claim that Jesus was either born, or that He was created. Such lies will only lead the believer to make less of the supremacy of Jesus Christ over all things, and lessens the gospel sweetness to their own soul.
How does the believer do this? Through knowing and understanding the truth of scripture that Christ was before all things - and as a result, is superior to all things. This Jesus Christ is different from all things and all beings; He was before all and will exist longer than all things. This very truth of the gospel must be boasted in a way that makes Christ appear as He truly is: pre-eminent in all things. Christ, in being before all things that exist, should be beautiful to the believerâ€™s soul. Christ is a Savior like none other. It is a delight to know that the believer can find their stronghold in the Lord - for Christ is forever, and forever will be. It may be easy for the believer to get caught up in or to buy into the cultures of their day, the scientific theories of existence, or maybe the false religions of their time. By doing this, the believer will lose heart and not make this truth of Christ known. Nor will it glorify Christ to the fullest. The believer must boast in the fact that Christ was, is, and always will be.
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