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Did God Create Jesus?
God did not create Jesus. The second person of the Godhead was, throughout all eternity; He never became such. There are some who refuse to give Christ the place that is rightly His. They fail to acknowledge that the deity of Christ is the central fact in the plan of salvation, and that there is “none other name under heaven given among men,” whereby we may be saved (Acts 4:12).
About the Deity and the eternal nature of Christ, the Bible declared, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3). John stressed the continuous, timeless, unlimited existence of Christ prior to His incarnation.
In eternity past there was no point before which it could be said that the Word was not. The Son was with the Father from all eternity. In Revelation 22:13, Jesus proclaimed Himself “the beginning and the end.” For He is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Christ has ever been God.
The Scriptures affirmed, “But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom” (Hebrews 1:8). Here, the Father addressed the Son respectfully, naming Him God. This may be regarded the highest point in the argument on the position of Christ. Man’s salvation is based on the deity of Christ. If Christ is not God in the absolute sense, man’s salvation would not be possible. Only the life of the Creator can redeem the lives of all His fallen Created beings.
Christ was not created because God was not created. The apostle Paul in Colossians 2:9 stated, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” The phrase “all the fullness” is without limit in time, space, and power. Everything that God is, every character of the Deity, all power in creating the world, the ultimate love in saving humanity, and every action in sustaining God’s creation — rests in Christ. The fullness of Deity resides in Christ corporeally. This puts Christ on an equality with the Father, and places Him far above everyone.
About the incarnation, Paul wrote of Christ, “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8).
While Christ was conscious of His equality with God, He made the decision to give up the glory associated with that exalted state in order to carry out the plan of Salvation for fallen humanity. He was “made flesh” (John 1:14), “of a woman” (Galatians 4:4) and made “in all things … like unto his brethren” (Hebrews 2:17).
The Son of God emptied Himself and became a servant to save mankind. Service became the sole mission of His life (Matthew 20:28). In this marvelous gift, the character of Christ stands in utter contrast with the character of the Satan, who, though merely a created angel, tried to exalt himself and “be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14).
Christ was “tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He lived a holy, undefiled, and pure life, living in harmony with the Father’s will (John 8:46; 14:30; 15:10; Hebrews 7:26). At the cross, the Father treated the Son as if He was a sinner, which He was not (Hebrews 9:28). “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Christ became the “The Lamb of God” (John 1:29). The guilt of the sins of all people was counted to Him as if it were all His own (Isaiah 53:3–6; 1 Peter 2:22–24). “He was numbered with the transgressors” (Mark 15:28) and felt the extreme horror of separation from God (Matthew 27:46). What infinite Love (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this (John 15:13).
In His service,