RE: Doctrine of the Eternal Sonship of Christ
(04-15-2009 11:51 PM)LindaR Wrote: Next question...if the Sonship of Jesus "began" at His conception, how does one explain the Triunity of God BEFORE His conception? How do you explain Genesis 1:26:
I think there is a misconception of Christ's role before He became flesh. He and the Father have always, eternally been ONE. That He is God and existed infinitely before His birth on earth and after, it a separate issue than Sonship. The verses you have quoted prove that He is God, but His conception/birth was the day that God "begat" His Son - it was to be for the purpose of crucifixion as the Propitiation for sin for all time. At least that is how I see it.
And God said, 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. (Genesis 1:26)
What about the passages which speak of the Father SENDING the Son, which imply that Christ existed as the Son prior to His mission:
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14)
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (Galatians 4:4)
Christ had a relationship to the Father prior to the incarnation:
I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. (John 16:28)
There was a Father/Son relationship in the Godhead even before the creation of the world:
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (John 17:5)
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24)
The One who existed as the Son of God became the Son of David at the time of the incarnation.
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: (Romans 1:3-4)
The incarnation is when God became a man, it is not when God became the Son. He was God's Son from all eternity.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
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 1:14)