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"In the beginning was the Word"

Former US President Richard Nixon often made statements in which he spoke of "the President" while he was the President e.g. "The President will campaign in California next week," or "The President will visit China." President Nixon recognized the difference between himself and the office that he held and often spoke with that perspective in mind. In the same way, British Queen Victoria's famous "we are not amused" expressed her personal and official opinion of something - she alone was the "we."

Some people believe that God was also speaking to and about Himself when He used "us" and "our" in His statement,

"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV).

But was God just a man or a woman who temporarily occupied an office, an official position that existed before they were born and survived after they died? Of course not. God isn't in the role of God. God is God. He always has been and He always will be (see also How Old Is God?).

"The glory which I had with Thee before the world was"

Jesus Christ made a statement to the religious authorities that made them so angry that they picked up stones and would have killed Him. What did He say?

Stars of Heaven

"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."

"Then took they up stones to cast at Him: but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the Temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by" (John 8:58-59 KJV)

The original term, translated as "I am" in the verses above wasn't just a simple "I am," as one would say, for example, "I am going for a walk." The "I am" term used there was an emphatic term, as, for example, "I am the one!"

But why did they want to stone Him? What religious offense did they think that Jesus Christ committed by emphatically using the "I am" term?

"For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." (John 10:33 KJV)

Why did they accuse Jesus of blasphemy for using "I am" the way that He did? Because it was "before Abraham" that "I AM" appeared to Moses (most translations use all-capitals for the "I AM").

"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." (Exodus 3:14 KJV)

But Jesus Christ wasn't a blasphemer, nor a liar. Jesus Christ never sinned. He spoke the Truth when He used "I am." What gave Him the right to righteously and truthfully say that in the way that He did?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)

Fact Finder: When Jesus prayed to God, did He plainly say that He was with God at the time of creation? Did He plainly refer to "the glory which I had with Thee before the world was" (KJV)?
John 17:5


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