We received the following comment on the blog, ‘Jesus, the Beginning and the End.’ ‘John 1:1 does not say Jesus was before the creation. The Word of God (God His speaking or God His uttering Voice) was with God. Jesus who came into existence only a few 2000 years ago was (like you and many others) already mentioned in the Book of life, but was also promised in the Garden of Eden, to the first human beings.
Jesus is the beginning of the new creation, but also the provider of salvation for all and as such also the new beginning for all who went before him. For all people he is also the end, because at his return he shall be judging the living and the dead, allowing them or not letting them to enter the Kingdom of God.’
We want to look in more depth at the statements in the comment. In the mean time, some preliminary observations:
The statement deserves high marks for generalities. That is not what we find with the Word of God.
- Statements should be supported by the relevant Scripture references.
- The Bible almost functions like a scientific book. So statements must be backed up by references.
- Since the Bible reveals the Kingdom of God, its contents fits in with the concept of the Kingdom.
- Also, one has to be sure that whoever writes about the Bible, is filled with the Holy Spirit. So if someone says Jesus became the Son of God and God became His Father, then one asks, are those the words of the Holy Spirit? That takes us back to Scripture because the Holy Spirit never teaches outside of Scripture.
Regardless, we want to investigate the matter thoroughly, since there are many conflicting statements about Jesus. In following blogs we will continue the discussion.