The Glory of the Son

Chapter 1. The Son’s Glorious Beginning

Revelation 3:14 states that the Son is “the BEGINNING OF the creation OF God.”

John 1:1, “In the BEGINNING was the word (logos) …”

1 John 1:1, “THAT which was from the BEGINNING … concerning the word of life.”

Isaiah 41:4 says that God called, “FORTH the generations from the BEGINNING.”

It is nonsensical to believe that the Son OF God always had a timeless existence as a Son because the Son could not have been “the beginning OF the creation OF God” without having an actual beginning. Jesus as a Son is called, “the beginning of the creation of God” in the same sense that John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the word.” The Greek word “logos” simply means “the expressed thought” of God which God spoke at the beginning of creation.

1 John 1:1, “THAT which was from the BEGINNING … concerning the word of life.”

In like manner, the apostle John opened his first epistle by writing, “That which was from the BEGINNING … concerning the word of life.” Hence, the word of God is “the expressed thought” of God which was called, “that which was from the beginning” rather than a he who was from the beginning. Therefore the Son existed as the impersonal expressed thought (Logos) of God rather than being a living personal Son “at the beginning of the creation of God.”

Isaiah 41:4 says that God called, “FORTH the generations from the BEGINNING.”

Isaiah 41:4 proves that God “called forth the generations” of all human history from “the beginning” of creation. Just like an architect first creates a detailed blueprint before he actually builds a building, so God first pre-created the human time periods of all human history before human time actually began. Therefore the Son of God and all human generations of world history were already predestined in the mind and plan of God before the world was literally created.

This is precisely the meaning of the apostle John when he wrote, “In the beginning was the word (logos means “the expressed thought” of God)” in John 1:1. God the Father called forth the Son as a “That which was from the beginning” before the Son actually existed as a person. For the human Son of God pre-existed in “the logos” (the expressed thought of God) as a “That which was from the beginning” rather than a he who was from the beginning because the child that would be born and the Son that would be given (Isaiah 9:6) was not yet alive to be a personal Son before his actual conception and birth in Bethlehem.

“The hope of eternal life was promised before the world began.” Titus 1:2

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Colossians 1:15

Just as it is nonsensical for a human architect to start building a house without first drawing up a detailed plan, so God first drew up His detailed plan in His “expressed thought” (Word/Logos) before he actually began to build His physical creation. It is in this sense that Jesus as a Son already had a beginning and a begetting before his literal beginning and begetting at Bethlehem. For our only true God the Father called forth His Son as “the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)” before the rest of all human generations were called forth in God’s master plan for the ages (See my book, “The Son In Creation”).

“Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I WAS BROUGHT FORTH (the Hebrew word means “born” – see Colossians 1:15); WHILE HE (the Father) HAD NOT YET MADE THE EARTH and the fields, NOR THE DUST OF THE WORLD.” Proverb 8:25

Before the mountains and hills of the earth even existed, God first brought forth his Son as “the beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14)” and as “the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15).” Hence, the Son of God was brought forth as “the beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14)” and as “the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)” because God first called forth His Son before “calling forth the (people of all human) generations from the beginning (Isaiah 41:4).” Therefore God first called forth all human beings of all human generations in His detailed plan, including His Son, before the world was physically created.

“He chose us in him (Christ) before the creation of the world.” Ephesians 1:4

"In him (Christ) we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the COUNSEL OF HIS WILL, ..." Ephesians 1:11

Isaiah 41:4 says that God called, “FORTH the generations from the BEGINNING.”

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” Acts 17:26 NIV

“… and he did not speak to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: ‘I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’” Matthew 13:34-35

Here we can see that God foreknew and foreordained the events which transpired in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ before the world was actually created. For Isaiah 41:4 states that God had called “forth the generations (of all human history) from the beginning” – before the world was actually created. So God first called forth His Son as “the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15) before He called forth everyone else who would inhabit the “appointed times in human history.” Hence, the Son of God and those who would live in the human generations of world history were predestined in God’s foreknown plan before they actually lived in “their appointed times in history.” Therefore the Son of God and every human being who would live in world history did not actually exist until their appointed times had come for them to actually dwell “in the boundaries of their lands.”

“You are My witnesses, says Yahweh, and MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I AM HE. Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I am Yahweh, and BESIDE ME THERE IS NO SAVIOR.” Isaiah 43:10-11

Notice that Yahweh God the Father makes a distinction between Himself (the Father) and His future chosen servant (the Son), but then God goes on to say, “that you may know and believe Me, and understand THAT I AM HE.” Jesus said these same words in John 8:24, “Unless you believe THAT I AM HE, you will die in your sins.” Here we have God the Father saying that God’s people are to know and believe that Yahweh God is that future chosen servant because God said, “beside Me there is no Savior.” Therefore the child that would be born and the son that would be given is now called the “Mighty God” and the “Eternal Father (Isaiah 9:6).”

Although Jesus was already God’s “chosen servant” in Isaiah 43:10, we know that Jesus did not actually pre-exist as an alleged coequally distinct God the chosen servant before his actual birth in Bethlehem.

Hebrews 1:5 proves that the Father and Son relationship would be in the future,

“I WILL BE TO HIM A FATHER, and HE SHALL BE TO ME A SON.” Hebrews 1:5

Notice that inspired scripture says that the Father and Son relationship would be in the future, but not a single scripture says that the relationship between the Father and Son literally existence throughout eternity past. Therefore we know that the Son of God could not have always had glory as an alleged coequal God the Son Person.

“For he (Christ) was FOREKNOWN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD …” 1 Peter 1:20 NASB

“For those whom He FOREKNEW, He also PREDESTINED to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29

“He chose us in him (Christ) before the creation of the world.” Ephesians 1:4

Just as Christ was “foreknown” and “chosen” in God’s plan before the creation of the world in 1 Peter 1:20, so God’s elect were also “foreknown” and “chosen in him (Christ)” before the creation of the world” actually took place.

John 5:26 says, “For as the Father has life in Himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.”

How could the Son of God have always existed as a Son when the Son was “GRANTED TO HAVE A LIFE IN HIMSELF” by God the Father? Here we can clearly see that the Son is the man who was granted life by being born through the virgin.

The Son of God is the man who was born in Bethlehem.

Luke 1:35 says, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, For this reason the holy child which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.”

Here we can clearly see that the title “Son of God” was given to Christ Jesus because of his virgin conception and birth and not because of an alleged previous existed as a Son of God in eternity past.

The majority of professing Christians believe that an alleged coequal God the Son pre-existed as a Son throughout eternity past. Thus they allege that a pre-incarnate Son of God always possessed divine glory as another distinct God Person beside the only true God the Father. However, we do not find a single scripture to justify believing that a pre-incarnate Son Person became a man via incarnation through the virgin.

Luke 1:35 and Matthew 1:20 proves that it was the Holy Spirit who manifested Himself in the flesh through the virgin. Therefore the “He” who “was manifest in the flesh” must be the Holy Spirit rather than an alleged pre-incarnate God the Son.

1 Timothy 3:16 states that “He was manifested in the flesh”, but it never says that the “Son was manifested in the flesh”.

If an alleged pre-incarnate God the Son Person was manifested in the flesh to save humanity then we should find scripture stating that an alleged heavenly Son Person descended upon the virgin to incarnate Himself as a man through Mary. But both Luke 1:35 and Matthew 1:20 state that it was the Holy Spirit of God Himself who performed the act of the incarnation to become a genuine man.

Trinitarians assume that 1 Timothy 3:16 states that the Son was manifest in the flesh because of their presupposed intellectual bias. But if a pre-existent Son of God was manifest in the flesh then the text should read that the “SON was manifested in the flesh.” Jesus clearly stated in John 8:24 “if you do not believe that I AM HE, you will die in your sins.”

Jesus clearly quoted the words of God the Father in Isaiah 43:10 to prove that He was Yahweh God Himself revealed, “… that you may know and believe Me and understand that I AM HE.” If God as God is two distinct “I AM HE” Persons then we have Ditheism. And if God as God is three distinct “I AM HE” Persons then we have Tri-theism. Yet 1 Timothy 2:5 proves that there is only “ONE” true “GOD” the Father (John 17:3), “and one mediator between God and men, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS.”

DID THE SON ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE GLORY IN THE FATHER’S PRESENCE AS A LIVING PRE-INCARNATE SON BEFORE HIS BIRTH AT BETHLEHEM?

John 17:5 says, “… the glory which I had with you before the world was.”

Jesus went on to pray in John 17:22, “… the glory which you have given me, I have given to them (his disciples).” If this passage was speaking about an alleged coequal God Person’s glory, then why was this same glory also given to the disciples? Furthermore, if Jesus was GIVEN Divine glory as an alleged coequal God the Son Person, then how could he have always had glory as an alleged timeless God the Son Person? Could an alleged coequal true God Person really be a true God Person without always possessing his glory?

WAS THE SON IN GOD THE FATHER’S PRESENCE PRIOR TO THE INCARNATION?

John 8:38 says, “I speak what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.” Nothing in John 8:38 states that the Son was actually seeing things in the Father’s presence prior to his birth. If we look at the literal sentence structure in context, it would be just as easy to assume that the Pharisees saw things with their father the devil before their births.

The apostle Paul saw visions and revelations in the Lord without having to be in the Father’s presence before his birth. Paul saw things in the Father’s presence which were so clear that he was not certain if his spirit had left his body or not.

Paul wrote that he saw a man “caught up to the third heaven.” 2 Corinthians 12:2-3, “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows - was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.”

Since the apostle Paul saw things in heaven though the power of God the Father, there can be no doubt that Jesus also was able to see heavenly things through his Father. Wherefore, the Son of God could have also been in the Father’s presence in a similar way that Paul was (in 2 Corinthians 12:2-3) without having to have actually been in heaven before is birth.

Finally, Psalm 2:7 proves that the Son would be born on a specific day,

“You are My Son, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN YOU.” Psalm 2:7

If Jesus was a Son prior to his birth, then there would be a blatant contradiction within the pages of inspired scripture. For Jesus as a Son could not have been begotten on a specific day while always being begotten throughout eternity past.

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Chapter 2. The Son’s Predestined Glory

John 17:1-5 “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to hea