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Was Jesus in the Old Testament or was the Father the only One in-charge?

Although the incarnation took place 4,000 years after man’s fall, but God the Son has been personally involved in lives of people from the very beginning. Jesus defines Himself as eternal “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).

The book of Genesis tell us about the united work of the Father and the Son in Genesis 1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” The Hebrew word used here for God is Elohim which is a plural noun that is used more than 2,700 times in the Old Testament. The Bible writers preferred to use Elohim about 10 times more than the singular form “El” when they described God.

Jesus created all things (John 1:3) or God the Father created all things through Jesus (Hebrews 1:2; Ephesians 3:9). “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 NKJV).

After the creation, Jesus revealed Himself to the patriarchs in the OT. And He confirmed that when He said to the Jews “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). And Jesus spoke face to face with Abraham when the Patriarch interceded for Lot (Genesis 18:26). Again, He wrestled with Jacob. And Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel,” which means “a prince with God” (Genesis 32:26–28). Also, Jesus appeared to Moses at the burning bush and led the Israelites through the wilderness, and gave them victory against their enemies (Exodus 23:20-21).

Even in the Old Testament book of Daniel, we see a picture of the Father and the Son as two separate persons. “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him” (Daniel 7:13). The Son of man, Jesus, is seen coming before the Ancient of Days—who is, obviously, God the Father. Thus, Jesus was working with the Father for the salvation of humanity since the very beginning.

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