God Created The Ages Through His Son
Oneness believers affirm that the One who was manifested in the flesh to become the child born and son given is the Mighty God and Everlasting Father Who alone created all things by His own invisible Hands. In contradistinction, the Son of God is the man Christ Jesus who could not have created all things as a Son because the scriptures teach that the Son is the man who was conceived in the virgin and born at Bethlehem. Thus, only the Oneness interpretation brings harmony to all of the scriptural data because the Son is addressed as “the beginning of the creation of God” (Rev. 3:14) in God’s prophetic blueprint for the ages while also being addressed as God Almighty (Isaiah 9:6; Heb. 1:8-10).
Revelation 3:14 proves that Jesus as a Son was “the beginning OF the creation OF GOD”.
Trinitarians and Arians (such as Jehovah’s Witnesses) cannot explain how Jesus was in the creation as a part of God’s creation while actually being the creator himself. For how could the creator as the Creator have ever been created? If God used a distinct person other than Himself to create all things as His agent, then why would God say in Isaiah 44:24, “I am the LORD (Jehovah), who made all things, who ALONE stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth BY MYSELF … (Isaiah 44:24)?” Notice the words, “Alone” and “By Myself”. When we compare Isaiah 44:24 with Isaiah 64:8 and Psalm 8:5-6 (Psalm 8:5-6 is cited in Hebrews 2:7 to prove that Jesus is the appointed ruler over the works of the Father’s hands), we find that it is the Father alone who created all things and that the Son is the appointed ruler over the works of the Father’s hands.
If a man hires a contractor as his agent to build a house, could the man say that he created the house “ALONE” and “BY HIMSELF” without lying? Could our Heavenly Father have lied about creating the heavens and the earth by Himself while He actually used another distinct person as His agent to actually do all of the creating for Him? This is what Trinitarians and Arians (Jehovah’s Witnesses) are saying when they falsely allege that the Son was the Father’s agent in creating all things for God the Father.
Hebrews 2:7 cites Psalm 8:5-6 to show that God the Father, “… appointed him (the Son) to rule over THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS (the Father’s Hands).” Hebrews 2:7 / Psalm 8:6
Since inspired scripture distinguishes the Son as being the one appointed to rule over the works of the Father’s hands, we know that the Son as the Son could not have created anything. For the Father alone is called the creator who created all things by His own invisible hands while the Son is the appointed ruler over the works of God the Father. Therefore, the scriptural evidence diametrically opposes both Trinitarianism and Arianism.
Trinitarians and Jehovah’s Witnesses both allege that the Son pre-existed as God’s agent before his birth at Bethlehem. Yet how could the person called the Son of God (or an angelic son) have existed as a son or an angel while not speaking to the Israelites? Hebrews 1:1-2 clearly states that God did not speak to humanity through a Son until the last days. Therefore the Son could not have pre-existed his birth while not speaking to God’s people.
“God, who in ancient days spoke to our forefathers in many distinct messages and by various methods through the Prophets, has AT THE END OF THESE DAYS spoken to us through a Son, WHO IS THE PREDESTINED LORD OF THE UNIVERSE, and THROUGH WHOM HE MADE THE AGES (aiones = Ages or time periods).” (Hebrews 1:1-2 - Weymouth Translation)
Acts 2:17 proves that God poured out His Spirit “in the last days,”
“It shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh …” (Acts 2:17 / Joel 2:28-32)
We know that the last days could not have been during the time of the Old Testament prophets. Acts chapter two proves that the last days began within the lifetime of Jesus and the first century apostles. Therefore the Son could not have existed to create the world before his birth because the Son never spoke “to us” as a Son until the last days.
Wherefore, the scriptures prove that God created the ages through Christ rather than the actual physical creation of the world. Many translations erroneously translate the Greek word “aiones” as “worlds” but that is not the literal translation of the word “aiones” which means “ages” or “time periods”. Since human “time periods” could not have been literally created as a physical creation, God the Father must have created the time periods of human history through His Son within His mind and plan for the ages rather than the physical creation which came later (Genesis 1:1-3).
“He is the image of the invisible God, THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION, because IN HIM WERE CREATED ALL THINGS in the heavens and upon the earth, the VISIBLE and the INVISIBLE, whether THRONES or LORDSHIPS or RULERS or AUTHORITIES; all things have been created by Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:15-16 - Berean Literal Bible
Hebrews 1:2 and Colossians 1:16 prove that God the Father created the ages (time periods) in the predestined Son, through the predestined Son, and for the predestined Son, by His expressed thought (His spoken Word/logos). We know that time periods were not literally created in the Genesis act of creation. Nor could the human lords, rulers, and authorities of all ages listed in Colossians 1:16 have been created to occupy the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve in the Genesis narrative.
“We have obtained an inheritance, HAVING BEEN PREDESTINED ACCORDING TO THE PLAN OF HIM WHO WORKS ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL.” Ephesians 1:11
God’s elect were predestined according to God’s plan for the ages which was foreknown in the counsel of God’s expressed thought (John 1:1) before the creation of the world.
“He CHOSE US IN HIM (in Christ) BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD.” Ephesians 1:4
The Scriptures inform us that God first created His invisible plan for the ages by the counsel of His expressed will (John 1:1 - word/logos), then He used that invisible plan (word/logos) to physically create all things much like an architect first creates his detailed plan on a blueprint and then uses the details of that blueprint to physically create the building. The plan of God was expressed through Christ as "the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)." Hence, Jesus was first conceived in the mind and plan of God before everything else, then God pre-planned all human ages with their future inhabitants in which Christ was the reason and purpose for the ages.
Joseph Herrin wrote in his introduction to his book, “God’s Plan For The Ages”,
“Before Yahweh ever began to create, He had established a master plan for the ages. All would culminate in a great final age of the ages when all would be reconciled to the Father, when sin and death would be no more.”
Isaiah 41:4 proves that Yahweh God the Father is the One "Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning?"
The generations of all human history were already called forth by God’s spoken Word (His expressed thought/Logos) “from the beginning” (before the creation actually took place). It is in this sense that Christ is called, “The beginning OF the creation OF GOD” in Revelation 3:14 and “the firstborn of all creation” in Colossians 1:15. God first spoke His Word (His expressed thought) in which the Son was “the beginning OF the creation OF GOD”. Then all things were created through that expressed thought of the only true God the Father. For our God calls the things which do not exist as if they already existed (Romans 4:17) which explains why Jesus as a Son is called, “the Lamb slain from the creation of the world” (Rev. 13:8).
HEBREWS 1:2 proves that GOD CREATED THE AGES (AIONES) THROUGH HIS SON
The original Greek word is “aiones” which literally means “ages” or “time periods”. If the apostle had meant “worlds” or the “universe”, he would have used the Greek word “Kosmos” which literally means the physical “worlds” or “universe”. Anyone who will look at the original Greek text in any Interlinear or Lexicon will find that the original Greek text in Hebrews 1:2 uses the Greek word “aiónes” which is literally translated as “spaces of time, ages”. This explains why some Greek scholars have correctly translated Heb. 1:2 as “ages” rather than “worlds” or “universe”.
Hebrews 1:2, Weymouth New Testament “… has at the end of these days spoken to us through a Son, who is the pre-destined Lord of the universe, and through whom He made the Ages.”
Young's Literal Translation “in these last days did speak to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He did make the ages;”
Jubilee Bible 2000 “has in these last times spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the AGES;”
Since Genesis chapter one does not mention the ages of humanity being created during the creation week, we know that God must have first created a detailed plan from His own mind (logos) much like we finites first create detailed blueprints from our minds before we actually begin to build anything. This is precisely what the apostle John intended when he wrote that the word (logos = the expressed plan of God) became flesh as Christ (John 1:14). For no one creates a building project without first expressing his thoughts in a detailed plan (a blueprint). In like manner, God first created His Heavenly blueprint for all of His creation, including His foreknown plan for the ages of human history, before He commenced His actual creation in the Genesis narrative.
This is the precise meaning of Colossians 1:15-16 (NIV), “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (before the actual creation in Genesis one). For IN [en] HIM all things were created: things in [en] heaven and on earth, VISIBLE and invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created THROUGH him and FOR HIM.”
Since the VISIBLE “THRONES, LORDSHIPS, RULERS, AND AUTHORITIES” of all human history were not actually created with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the future leaders of human history were already pre-created “THROUGH” Christ and “FOR” Christ in God’s heavenly blueprint for the ages. For just as an architect first pre-creates a detailed blueprint before actually building a building, so our Heavenly Father first created His blueprint for the ages in which Christ was the reason and purpose for all created things. Therefore, Colossians 1:16 could not be addressing the actual creation of human “rulers” and “authorities” in Genesis chapter one.
The same is true in Heb. 1:2, the “AGES” (Time Periods) of all human history could not have been actually created through Christ in Genesis chapter one before those “ages” actually became a reality (such as the New Testament Age of Grace). In like manner, Hebrews 11:3 states that the ages were framed (readied or prepared) by the word of God. “Through faith we understand that the ages (aiones) were framed (katartizo – “fit together, ready, prepare”) by the word of God, that which is seen being made of that which was not seen (Heb. 11:3, Jubilee Bible).”
Young’s Literal translates Hebrews 11:3, “By faith we understand the ages (aiones) to have been prepared (katartizo – “fit together, ready, prepare”) by a saying of God, in regard to the things seen not having come out of things appearing.” Young’s Literal Translation
The International Standard Version translates Hebrews 11:3, “By faith we understand that time (aiones) was created (katartizo – “fit together, ready, prepare”) by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are invisible.”
Strong’s Concordance says that “aiones” literally means, “ages, or cycles of times”.
Furthermore, Strong’s states that the Greek verb katartizó (kat-ar-tid'-zo) literally means to “fit together, prepare.” The NAS Exhaustive Concordance says that the Greek verb “katartizo” is “from kata and artizó (to get ready, prepare).” Wherefore, inspired scripture informs us that the invisible ages of human history were first “fit together,” “readied,” or “prepared” by the invisible Word (plan) of God so that the later physical creation was “made of that which was not seen (not visible).” Thus we can see that inspired scripture proves that God first prepared His creation by His Word (plan) before He actually created the physical creation.
In like manner, the Greek word “logos” for “word” in John 1:1 literally means the “expressed thoughts” or “uttered thoughts” of God’s own mouth. Hence, the only true God the Father had first prepared His invisible plan for creating the heavens and the earth, and for all future visible and invisible things such as the invisible angels and the visible “thrones, lordships, rulers, and authorities” of all human ages before the “thrones”, “lords” and “rulers” ever visibly existed on earth (Jeremiah 1:5 / Romans 4:17). In this light we can understand that all things were “created through him (through the expressed thought of God who later became flesh) and for him (the human child born and son given who would inherit all things as “God with us” as a man).”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NASB
“… as it has been written: ‘I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS.’ - before God whom he believed, the One giving life to the dead and calling into being the things not even existing …” Romans 4:17 Berean Literal Bible
In God’s mind, Abraham was already made a father of many nations before Abraham even existed. For God already called into being His Son, and then all human generations before they were actually born later on in time. This is precisely the meaning of Isaiah 41:4, "Who has performed and accomplished it, calling forth the generations from the beginning?" Isaiah 41:4
“In the beginning was the word (logos) and the word (logos) was with God (Theos = the Father) and the word (logos) was God (Theos = the Father).” John 1:1
“And the word (logos) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory …” John 1:14
Since God the Father already called forth Abraham and Christ “into being” before they actually existed (Romans 4:17), Christ and God’s elect already pre-existed in the "logos," in the mind and plan of the Father (John 1:1) before their actual birth’s. Hence, the Father pre-created the foreknown generations of all human history through His impersonal logos (word) which included His “foreknown” Son as “the firstborn” in God’s prophetic Mind, who would rule “over all creation”. Therefore, God pre-created all things in and through His foreknown Son (through His foreknown plan in which He would save the world through Christ - 1 Peter 1:20 / Colossians 1:15-16 / Ephesians 1:4) before that invisible plan was later made flesh as a human person (John 1:14). “For the hope of eternal life” was already “promised before the ages began (Titus 1:2 NRSV)”.
THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning OF the creation OF God, says this:” Revelation 3:14
If the Son of God pre-existed as a Trinitarian God the Son who allegedly created all things as a Son, then how is it that the Son is called “the beginning OF the creation OF GOD”? Here we can clearly see that the Son was first called forth as “the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)” before the creation actually took place. Wherefore, there are only two viable options to exegete Revelation 3:14. Jesus was either literally “firstborn” before his actual birth in Bethlehem (born twice, once in heaven and then again on earth - Arianism), or he was already the firstborn of all creation as “the beginning of the creation of God” in God’s predestined plan for the ages. The scriptures teach that Jesus was actually born only once on a specific day – Psalm 2:7, which is the central teaching of Oneness Pentecostal Theology.
The “Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature” by “William Arndt and F. Wilbur Gingrich” explains the meaning of ‘arche’ in Rev. 3:14 as the “FIRST CAUSE” of the creation. “Arche” is used to refer to “the active beginning of the creation, THE ONE WHO CAUSED THE CREATION, referring to Jesus Christ ...”
Gill’s Commentary says, “The beginning of the creation of God; not the first creature that God made, but the first cause of the creation …”
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says that “the beginning of the creation” in Revelation 3:14 means, “2. the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series …” 3. “that by which anything begins to be, the origin, active cause” (of the creation).
Jesus was the beginning of the creation of God as “the first person or thing in a series” of persons and things called forth by God in “the beginning” (Isaiah 41:4 “calling forth the generations from THE BEGINNING”). Jesus is also the “FIRST CAUSE”, “ACTIVE CAUSE” or “THE ONE WHO CAUSED THE CREATION”.
The Greek text harmonizes well with all of the scriptural data. The Son did not literally do the creating as the Son because God the Father created all things "FIRST" BE"CAUSE" of him. Jesus is “the one who caused the creation” because all things were made because of him.
Proverb 8:22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;”
Just like a human architect first creates a detailed blueprint before he actually builds anything, so our Heavenly Father first pre-created all things in and through Christ as His foreknown plan before He actually created anything in the physical realm.
“Who has performed and accomplished it, CALLING FORTH THE GENERATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING.” Isaiah 41:4
“In THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD” (John 1:1 - Logos = “His expressed thought”)
“The beginning OF the creation OF God.” Revelation 3:14
God’s word clearly informs us that all of the generations of human history (including all human ages – see Heb. 1:2) were “called forth (in God’s Logos = His expressed thought) … FROM THE BEGINNING”. “In THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD” (John 1:1 - Logos = “His expressed thought”). The Son of God was also called forth in God the Father’s expressed thought (logos = “expressed thought”) within His own expressed “wisdom”, “knowledge” and “understanding” that came “from His mouth” (Proverb 2:6) before anything was actually created (Proverb 8:25).
“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
“For he (Christ) was FOREKNOWN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD …” 1 Peter 1:20 NASB
How could Christ have literally existed as a pre-incarnate Son before being “brought forth” as a “foreknown” Son “before the foundation of the world”? For the inspired words of Scripture prove that a “foreknown” Son could not have existed before being “foreknown” and “brought forth” by the prophetic word (logos) of God the Father. Therefore the Son as the Son of God could not have always existed throughout eternity past before being brought forth as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” in Colossians 1:15.
It is nonsensical to believe that the Son has always had a timeless existence throughout eternity past while being “brought forth (born/made) while He (the Father) HAD NOT YET MADE THE EARTH … NOR THE DUST OF THE WORLD?” Here we have God’s word (Logos being His expressed thought) bringing forth His own “wisdom, understanding (Proverb 8:1), prudence (Proverb 8:12), and counsel (Proverb 8:14)” before the world was actually created. An alleged pre-incarnate God the Son Person could not have always existed throughout eternity past while being “brought forth (born / made)” from the Father’s mouth. For if the Father’s wisdom, prudence, and counsel was actually birthed before creation, then could the Father have been unwise before wisdom was birthed? Therefore it is nonsensical for Trinitarians and Jehovah’s Witnesses to believe that God the Father could have ever been without His wisdom, understanding, and counsel before that wisdom, understanding, and counsel was birthed.
Since God the Father could not have been unwise or without understanding before wisdom and understanding was brought forth, we know that God’s expressed wisdom must have been His intended plan for creation along with His intended order to govern the universe. Likewise, if a God the Son Person is wisdom being birthed as a distinct divine Person before creation, then how could the Son have always existed as an alleged coeternal Person before coming out of the Father’s mouth?
“For Yahweh GIVES WISDOM; FROM HIS MOUTH comes knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
When we harmonize Proverb 2:6 with Psalm 33:6 we find that God the Father alone created all things through His Word that came forth out of His own Mouth.
“By the word of Yahweh were the heavens made, and all the host of them BY THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH.” Psalm 33:6
Could an alleged pre-incarnate Son person have leaped out of the Father’s mouth to create all things? That is what both Arians (Jehovah’s Witnesses) and Trinitarians are alleging when they say that an alleged pre-incarnate Son of God is a distinct word (logos) person of God in John 1:1. However, Jesus could not have literally pre-existed as a literal Word Person in creation because the word “logos” in John 1:1 literally means “the expressed thought” of our Heavenly Father Who created all things by His spoken word. Since the word “logos” is used for the “expressed thoughts” of both humans and God, we know that the logos could not be separated from God the Father as a distinct Heavenly God Person beside Himself.
The totality of the scriptural evidence proves that God first “called forth” or birthed His own wisdom, understanding, prudence, and counsel by His own “expressed thought (logos)” before anything was actually created. After God’s wisdom and counsel had been brought forth, He used that wisdom and counsel to create all material things and to govern the universe. Since the Son is identified as the word (logos – John 1:1, 14) of God the Father, God the Father created all things through His previously uttered word (logos) and wisdom which was personified as Christ before Christ was actually “granted life in himself” (John 5:26) as a distinct human life inside of the incarnation.
“It is He who made the earth by HIS POWER, who established the world BY HIS WISDOM, and BY HIS UNDERSTANDING He stretched out the heavens. When HE UTTERS HIS VOICE (HIS WORD), there is a multitude of waters in the heavens.” Jeremiah 51:15-16
The inspired words that God gave to the prophet Jeremiah amazingly corresponds with God’s “Wisdom” and “Understanding” spoken of by Solomon in Proverbs chapter 8:1, 8:12, 8:14, 8:25, and with the scriptures that speak of God creating all things through His Word (Psalm 33:6, John 1:1-3). Hence, the Son of God was birthed in God’s expressed thought as His own Power, Wisdom, and Understanding before His Word and Wisdom actually became a personal Son. Therefore, just as a man first expresses his plan on a blueprint before building a house, so God the Father first expressed His plan which later became flesh as a personal Son.
If the Father’s power, wisdom, and understanding is another distinct divine person beside Himself, then could God the Father have been without His own “power, wisdom, and understanding” throughout eternity past? If so, then the Father would have had to depend upon the Son to obtain power, wisdom, and understanding because the Father would lack something that the Son was given. How then could the Father and Son have always been truly coequal?
1 Corinthians 1:24 says that “Christ is the power OF GOD and the wisdom OF GOD”.
Just as the strength, power, and wisdom of a man belongs to himself, so Jesus is the Father’s “power” and “wisdom” which belongs to Himself. Therefore the only interpretation which harmonizes with all of the Biblical data is that the word, wisdom, and understanding of God that He uttered before creation, was God’s own “power” that was expressed through His plan (like a blueprint) which God used to physically create all things. At the forefront of God’s expressed plan, God first preconceived the birth of His Son through His expressed thought (the logos of John 1:1 as “the firstborn of all creation” – Colossians 1:15) who would rule over all His creation after the word (logos) was later made visible in the flesh (John 1:14 / Psalm 8:5-6 / Heb. 2:7). Hence, Jesus was already “the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15) in God’s mind and plan before the creation of the world actually took place. God the Father used His own impersonal “wisdom” and “counsel” that He already “called forth” like a blueprint to create all material things. Paul identified that wisdom and counsel as “the firstborn of all creation” before the Son actually became a living human person (Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:15-18).
“In him (Christ) you were chosen before the creation of the world.” Ephesians 1:4
In this light we can understand that Christ was already the “chosen servant (Isaiah 43:10),” and that God’s elect were also chosen in him (Christ) before the creation of the world actually took place. This explains why Messianic prophecies were written down before the Christ child was actually born. Thus King David already wrote the words that Christ would speak in prayer after he became a living Son.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Psalm 22:1
And again David wrote what Christ would speak on earth through prayer before it actually happened,
“You have been my God from my mother’s womb.” Psalm 22:10
Wherefore, the Son of God is the man who was born at Bethlehem who prayed to His God! If Jesus pre-existed as a Son, then he would have been praying to his God up in heaven prior to his birth which would be an Arian theology rather than a coequal Trinitarian theology. Therefore, the Son of God could not have always existed as a living Son of God before his actual virgin conception and birth at 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.”
Notice that inspired scripture says that the Father and Son relationship would be in the future. Therefore, the Son could not have existed as a Son throughout eternity past!
“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
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.”
“The Amen, the faithful and true witness, THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD.” Revelation 3:14
Notice that the text says that Jesus as a Son is “the Beginning OF THE CREATION OF GOD (Rev. 3:14)” rather than being the actual creator!
Jesus as a Son was the beginning of the creation of God. How could the Son be included in “the creation of God” while simultaneously existing as the Creator called God the Son? Could a Son Person have always existed as a Son throughout eternity past while being “the beginning OF THE CREATION of God”? Wherefore, not only is the traditional Trinitarian interpretation nonsensical, it clearly contradicts the word of God.
The only proper exegesis of this text proves that Jesus as a human Son was “the beginning of the creation OF GOD” the Father in His expressed thought rather than being the creator himself. For Jesus as a Son is contrasted with “GOD” the Father who actually did the creating. For the Son was already the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)” and “the Lamb slain from the creation of the world (Revelation 13:8)” in God’s expressed prophetic thought and plan before he actually existed as a child born and Son given (Isaiah 9:6).
Note: I’m addressing the Son as the man who was “made like unto his brethren” (Heb. 2:14-17) but the God who became that man is the Spirit of the only true God the Father (Matthew 1:20, Luke 1:35, Ephesians 4:3-6) who continued to exist in His omnipresence in the heavens while simultaneously becoming a man on the earth (Malachi 3:6, Isaiah 52:10). Hence, the Son is God with us as a true man who could not have pre-existed as a Son before his actual begetting (Isaiah 9:6, Psalm 2:7, Heb. 1:5, 2 Sam. 7:14). Therefore the Son only pre-existed in His true identity as “the only true God” the Father Himself (John 17:3, John 8:58, John 14:7-9).
Just as Jesus was not literally slain from the beginning of creation (“the Lamb slain from the creation of the world” - Revelation 13:8), so he was not literally the firstborn of all creation either (“the firstborn of all creation” - Colossians 1:15); otherwise, Jesus would have been born and slain twice. Therefore, Jesus was already slain and born in God’s prophetic anticipation of future events (in the Father’s prophetic expressed thought) before he was actually slain and born after creation. This is the precise meaning of the Greek word “logos” (God’s “expressed thought”) in John 1:1.
Wherefore, Jesus was already “the beginning of the creation of God” and “the firstborn of all creation” as a predestined Son (a man) rather than an alleged coequal God Person. In this light we can see how Jesus as a “foreknown” (1 Peter 1:20) Son of God is the “FIRST CAUSE” (Revelation 3:14) of the CREATION OF GOD" rather than an actual pre-incarnate agent in creation. For Jesus could not have actually participated as an agent in the creation of all things in heaven and earth as a “foreknown” Son “before the creation of the world (1 Peter 1:20)” - because a foreknown Son could not have actually existed before being “foreknown”.
Christ was "FOREKNOWN before the creation of the world but was manifest in these last days because of you (1 Peter 1:20)."
“The hope of eternal life was promised BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD (Titus 1:2)."
The only way to rightly divide the word of truth is to believe that God first pre-created the "ages" (through pre-conception - Heb. 1:2) and all things in heaven and earth through and for Christ via His pre-conceived plan which was the Father’s expressed purpose, wisdom, and understanding before the creation actually took place. That is why Isaiah 41:4 states that God already “called forth the generations (of humanity) from the beginning.” Since all generations were already called forth “from the beginning” of creation, Jesus was also called forth first as the Father’s own Word and Wisdom. The Father created all things through His own Word and Wisdom which he already uttered as “the beginning of the creation of God.” It is in this sense that Paul wrote that “in him (Christ) all things were created, both in heaven and in earth, whether they be thrones, lordships, rulers, and authorities (Colossians 1:16-17).” God’s elect, and all human beings of all generations were called forth in and through that Word and Wisdom which was already set up by the Father before anything was actually created.
Jesus as a Son was “foreknown before the creation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20) just as God’s elect were “foreknown” “before the creation of the world” (Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 17:8, and Colossians 1:16). The words, “foreknown” and “before the creation of the world,” proves that the Son, God’s elect, and all human beings did not literally exist as human being before their actual existence through human births. Since Jesus as a son was “foreknown” in time, the son as the son could not have timelessly existed before being “foreknow”; otherwise, the language of being “foreknown” becomes meaningless.
Jesus can be called the creator as the pre-existent Holy Spirit of the Father before the incarnation; but Jesus as an alleged pre-incarnate Son of God and Son of Man could not have created anything. For Luke 1:35 proves that the title “Son” was given because of the virgin conception and birth of the Son of God. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you … and FOR THIS REASON, the HOLY CHILD SHALL BE CALLED THE SON OF GOD (Luke 1:35).”
The scriptures give us no other reason why the Son is called the Son other than his virgin conception and birth. Hence, the title “Son” could not have always been a title for an alleged coequal and coeternal God the Son Person. For the Trinitarian concept of a timeless God the Son necessitates the presupposition that he could never have had a begetting or a beginning throughout eternity past. In contradistinction, the scriptures teach that the Son had a literal beginning (Isaiah 9:6, 2 Samuel 7:14, Heb. 1:5, Revelation 3:14), and a literal begetting (Psalm 2:7, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 1:20). Wherefore, Jesus could only have pre-existed his virgin conception and birth as the Holy Spirit of the only true God the Father who descended upon the virgin to supernaturally conceive the fully human Christ child (Luke 1:35 / Matthew 1:20). It is only in this sense that Jesus can be called the Creator!
“This man has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honour than the house … For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” Hebrews 3:3-4
The man Christ Jesus is counted worthy of more glory than Moses because he “built all things as God” before also becoming a human son. In like manner, Hebrews 1:10 attributes creation to Jesus as Yahweh. Thus we can conclude that Jesus as a Son did not create “all things” as a Son but only as the “only true God” the Father (John 17:3) before the incarnation actually took place.
Could A Pre-Incarnate Son Have Been God’s Agent In Creation?
GOD THE FATHER CREATED ALL THINGS BY HIS OWN HANDS
If God the Father actually used an alleged God the Son Person to do all the creating for Him, then Psalm 8:5-6 and Hebrews 2:7 would be incorrect. For Hebrews 2:7 cites Psalm 8:5-6 which says, “You crowned him with glory and honour, and appointed him to rule OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS”. Who’s Hands? The Father’s Hands! The inspired book of Hebrews identifies the Son as the one who is appointed to rule over the works of the Father's hands. Malachi 2:10, Isaiah 44:24, and Isaiah 64:8 also confirm that the Father created all things alone and by Himself.
“You are OUR FATHER, we are the clay, You are our Potter, and we are all THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS.” Isaiah 64:8
If God the Father actually used the Son to do all of the creating for Him, then how is it that the Father's hands did the creating? Now if Trinitarians say that Jesus is the Father's hands, then that would make him the same person as the Father. Since scripture cannot contradict inspired scripture, Trinitarians have to contradict the plain teachings of Scripture in order to explain these passages.
Heb. 2:7 is a direct quote from Psalm 8:5-6 which references Jesus as the one who is appointed to rule over the works of God the Father’s hands.
Heb. 2:7-8 NASB, “You have made him for a little while lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honour, and have appointed him over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
Psalm 8:5-6, “What is man that you are mindful of him, or the Son of Man that you visit him. You made him a little lower than the angels, you crowned him with glory and honour, and appointed him over the works of YOUR HANDS. You have put all things under his feet.”
The inspired author of Hebrews cited Psalm 8:5-6 referencing Jesus as the One who is appointed to rule over the works of God the Father’s hands in Heb. 2:7. Therefore, the Son of God did not create anything as a Son because the scriptures clearly prove that the Father created all things alone and by Himself via His unseen hands. Since Jesus is the full incarnation of God (the Father), Jesus is also spoken of as Yahweh God the creator (as the Father). For all things were created BY GOD and FOR GOD.
A man could say that he built a home all alone and all by himself. He could also say that he built the home by himself and through himself (through his own skills and abilities). However, if he hired a contractor to do all of the building for him as his agent, then he would be lying if he said that He did it all “alone” (Isaiah 44:24) and “by his own hands (Psalm 8:5-6)”. Therefore, Jesus could not have created all things as God the Father's agent but only as God the Father Himself before becoming a man to save us. Otherwise, God the Father lied to us in Isaiah 64:8, 44:24, Psalm 8:5-6, 102:25.
The scriptural evidence proves that only God the Father created all things by His own invisible hands and that the Son is the man who was born at Bethlehem who has been appointed to rule over the works of God the Father’s hands. Yet the “He” who was “manifested in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16)” and the “He” who “partook of flesh and blood (Heb. 2:14)” is God the Father who created all things. This is why God the Father alone is spoken of in scripture as our sole creator and we are all the works of His hands.
“You are our Father, we are the clay, you are our potter, and we are all the work of your hands (Isaiah 64:8).”
Isaiah 64:8 clearly states that God the Father created all things by His own invisible hands in a similar way that a potter makes a pottery jar by his own hands. In like manner, Isaiah 44:24 also proves that God the Father is the creator who “… stretched out the heavens alone” and who “spread out the earth by Himself”. Hence, Hebrews 1:10 identifies the One who was manifested in the flesh as our only true God the Father who created all things by His own invisible Hands. For Heb. 1:10 is a direct quote from Psalm 102:25 which says, “Of old you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.” Since inspired scripture proves that God the Father created all things by His own hands, Jesus must be the full incarnation of our only true God the Father as “Immanuel,” “God with us” who came to rescue us as a genuine man!
The Logos of John 1:1 is not an Agent in Creation
Nothing in the text of John 1:1 states that the Logos is an agent as a God Person distinct from the Father. God the Father's own Logos (Word) pre-created the earth, the ages, and His foreknown Son before the world was actually created (1 Peter 1:20, Colossians 2:15-16, Heb. 1:2). "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5)
No place in the text of 1 Timothy 2:5 lists a second "God" (theos) beside the "one God" as the one “theos”. Interpolating a second coequal God Person in 1 Timothy 2:5 is wishful thinking on the part of Trinitarians. For there is only one true God the Father who's Word became flesh (John 1:14) and who's Spirit sired a child via incarnation (Matt. 1:20, Luke 1:35).
The Son is the Purpose of The Ages
HUMAN KINGS AND LORDS WERE SET UP BY GOD BEFORE THEIR ACTUAL BIRTHS
The Greek word for creation ktizó (ktid'-zo) was often used by the ancient Greeks to refer to the “founding” of governing bodies and authorities. This is clearly the meaning of Paul when he addressed the creation of thrones, rulers, authorities, and dominions in Christ before their actual existence in human history (Colossians 1:16). Wherefore, in God’s miraculous foreknowledge, He founded all thrones, rulers, authorities, and dominions of all human history before the human ages actually began.
In Isaiah 37:26, Yahweh spoke His prophetic Word against Senacherib through Isaiah saying,
“Have you not heard? LONG AGO I DID IT. NOW HAVE I BROUGHT IT TO PASS that you (Senacherib) should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.”
God clearly said, “I did it”, in that He pre-created Senarcherib (in His predestined plan) to turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps. Although God foreknew and foreordained Senacherib’s reign as King, He later “brought it to pass” - after Senacherib was born.
This is precisely what God meant in Isaiah 41:4,
“Who has performed and accomplished it, CALLING FORTH THE GENERATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING?”
The Scriptures clearly state that God already spoke His Word by “calling forth all (human) generations from the beginning (of creation – Ephesians 1:4)” before those human generations actually began.
Isaiah is very clear about the foreordained pre-creation of all things in heaven and earth before heaven and earth was actually created.
“I WILL PLACE the Juniper in the desert together with the box tree and the cypress … the hand of Yahweh HAS DONE THIS and the Holy One of Israel HAS CREATED IT.” Isaiah 41:19-20
Notice that God said, “I WILL PLACE” trees in the desert in the future but then God goes on to say that He already “HAS DONE THIS and (already) … HAS CREATED IT” before He actually did it!
The scriptural evidence clearly proves that God pre-planned all of His creation just like a human builder first creates a detailed plan through his preconception before he actually builds or creates anything. Since Romans 4:17 states that “God calls the things which be not as though they were,” we can see that in God’s prophetic mind, God is able to speak of things already created and accomplished before they actually came into existence. In this light we can understand how God already spoke as if God’s elect were already known before they were actually born. Thus God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I KNEW YOU (Jer. 1:5).” For in God’s heavenly blueprint (in His predestined plan,) the names of God’s elect were already written in the Lamb’s book of life before the creation of the world (Rev. 17:8).
Just as God foreknew and pre-planned all of His creation before the creation actually took place, so God foreknew that He would send His only begotten Son before His Son was actually born and sent.
Acts 2:23 says, “… this man (Jesus), was delivered over by the predetermined PLAN and FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD …”
“I WILL BE a Father to him, and he WILL BE a son to Me.” Hebrews 1:5 / 2 Samuel 7:14
“He chose us IN HIM (Jesus) before the creation of the world.” Ephesians 1:4
“For IN HIM all things were created …” Colossians 1:16
Since God’s elect were already “chosen in him (Jesus) before the creation of the world,” we know that all things were pre-created in Jesus in God’s predestined plan before the world was actually created.
“We have obtained an inheritance, HAVING BEEN PREDESTINED according to THE PLAN OF HIM who works all things after the council of His own will.” Ephesians 1:11
Creation is not always used in scripture to refer to the creation in the Genesis week of creation. Ephesians 2:10 states that God's elect are His “workmanship created in Christ Jesus”. To be “in Christ” in the context of Ephesians 2:10 means that God’s elect were already “created in Christ Jesus” before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation the old has passed away behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 5:17 proves that God’s elect who are “in Christ” are “new creations”. Ephesians 1:4 states that God’s elect were already chosen in Christ before the creation of the world. Colossians 1:16 states that “in him (Christ)” all things were already created before all human ages began. It is in this sense that “… in him (Christ) all things were created, in the heavens and on earth, whether thrones, lordships, authorities, or dominions”.
In Colossians 1:16-20, Paul is referring to the reconciliation of “all things whether in heaven or earth” in and through Christ Jesus rather than the actual creation of the heavens and the earth. Otherwise, Paul would not have listed the human thrones, lordships, authorities, and dominions of world history (the human ages) as being already created “in him” (in Christ) before the world was literally created.
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or lordships, or authorities or dominions; all things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16
If Paul was addressing the physical creation in the Genesis act of creation, then he would not have said, “in him all things were created … visible and invisible, whether thrones or lordships, or authorities or dominions …” For how could it be possible for the visible human thrones, lords, and authorities to have been literally created at the same time that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden? Therefore we know that Paul was addressing the preconceived creation of all things in the Father’s logos (mind, reason, plan, and expressed thought) before the physical creation took place later on in time. It is in this light that we can understand why John wrote, “In the beginning was the word (logos)” in John 1:1.
In Ephesians 1:9-10 Paul also wrote, “In all wisdom and insight [God] made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in [Christ] unto the administration of the fullness of the times (ages) to the Heading up (Greek verb anakephalaioó [an-ak-ef-al-ah'-ee-om-ahee] = “sum up, summarize, recapitulate, gather up in one”) of all things in Christ, both in the heavens and things on the earth.”
Notice the use of the word for creation in Colossians 1:16, “For in him all things were created: THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH” with the words for creation in Ephesians 1:9-10 “… the administration of the fullness of times (ages) to the heading up (the Greek verb anakephalaioó [an-ak-ef-al-ah'-ee-om-ahee] literally means “summarizing”) of all things in Christ, both IN THE HEAVENS AND THINGS ON THE EARTH.” Hence, the only true God the Father purposed to administrate and sum up the “things in the heavens and the things on the earth,” in and through Christ before the world was actually created. It is in this sense that Colossians 1:17 says (referencing Jesus as a child born and son given), “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
“The hope of eternal life was promised before the world (human ages) began.” Titus 1:2
Our Heavenly Father clearly planned and purposed the historical events of all human ages in Christ and for Christ before the world began.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:8-11 (NASB), “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which FOR AGES HAD BEEN HIDDEN in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God MIGHT NOW BE MADE KNOWN … accordance with the eternal purpose (Greek noun prosthesis = “predetermination” or “purpose”) which He carried out (Greek verb poieó [poy-eh'-o] = “make, manufacture, construct”) in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Apostolic Polyglot Interlinear Bible (by Charles Vanderpool) translates Ephesians 3:11 as, “according to the purpose (Greek noun prosthesis = “predetermination” or “purpose”) of the ages (Greek noun aión [ahee-ohn' = “age” or “ages”] which he accomplished (Greek verb poieó [poy-eh'-o] = “make, manufacture, construct”) in Christ …”
Many modern translations say “eternal purpose” such as the NASB, but there is no Greek word to justify the use of the word “eternal” in Ephesians 3:11. It is also noteworthy that the NASB and many other translations have completely neglected to translate the Greek word “aion” in Ephesians 3:11 which should be translated as “age” or “ages” in the context of Ephesians 3:11. It seems strange that many Greek scholars have added and taken away the original Greek words of inspired Greek scripture in Ephesians 3:11, which has distorted our ability to understand the full import and meaning of this text.
Ephesians 3:9-11 proves that God had already accomplished (“accomplished is translated from the Greek word poieó [poy-eh'-o] to “make, manufacture, construct”) His purpose in Christ before the actual creation took place. Hence, God had previously made, manufactured, or constructed His purpose in Christ before the creation of the world later took place. For from the very beginning of creation, Jesus was already God’s intended purpose for the existence of all human ages before the ages actually existed later on in time.
Colossians 1:18 “He himself WILL COME TO HAVE THE FIRST PLACE IN EVERYTHING.”
Paul’s statement in Colossians 1:18 would not make any sense whatsoever in the context of a Genesis act of creation. If Jesus pre-existed his birth as an alleged coequal and coeternal son person then how could he be said to “come to have the first place in everything”? The Creator as the Creator does not “COME TO BE FIRST” among His own creation. Hence, this statement only makes sense if Jesus was promoted as a human Son to come to have the first place in everything.
The context of Colossians 1:18 clearly states that Jesus will come to be first in all things because He was already “the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15) in God prophetic plan. Likewise, Colossians 1:18 says that Jesus is “… the beginning, the firstborn from the dead” in God’s prophetic plan before the ages began. For an alleged coequal and coeternal God the Son could not have had a “beginning” if he had always existed as a Son throughout eternity past. Therefore, Jesus as a human son was “firstborn” in God’s prophetic mind and plan just as Jesus as a human son was already “the lamb slain from the creation of the world” in Revelation 13:8.
In God’s logos (His expressed thought), Jesus was God’s first conceived thought as “the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15), but Jesus will not actually “come to have the first place in everything” until he actually fulfills God intention for him to possess “dominion and glory” over all humanity (Daniel 7:13-14). Wherefore, it is clear that Colossians 1:15-18 could not be addressing the actual creation of all things through the Son because Jesus as a Son is the one who “will come to be first in all things” in fulfillment of God’s intended purpose before creation. For Jesus as the Son of God could not have created all things as the Son because an alleged God the Son could not have been the Creator while also coming “to be the first in all things”.
In conclusion, the Genesis creation week was not what Paul was addressing in Colossians 1:15-18. Paul was addressing the foreordained pre-creation of all things in heaven and on earth and God’s predetermined purpose that everything would be summed up in Christ Jesus to fulfil God’s purpose and plan for the ages. This is the only interpretation which can bring harmony to all of the scriptural data while sensibly acknowledging the fact that God first created His heavenly blueprint for the ages (much like an architect first creates a blueprint before his actual creation), including His preconceived plan for both visible and invisible things, before He physically created the heavens and the earth.
Jesus Is Not Just A Man
NOTE: I am addressing the scriptures dealing with the full and complete humanity of Jesus but I’m not saying that Jesus did not pre-exist as the “Mighty God” and “Eternal Father (Isaiah 9:6)”.
“For this man has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honour than the house. For every house is built by someone but HE WHO BUILT ALL THINGS IS GOD.” Heb. 3:3-4
Jesus pre-existed his birth as God the Father who created all things; but not as a Son! For Hebrews 2:7 cites Psalm 8:5-6 to inform us that God the Father alone created all things to be ruled by Christ.
“You made him a little lower than the angels, You crowned him with glory and honour. You made him TO RULE OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS.” Psalm 8:5-6
Jesus as a Son was “MADE” “TO RULE OVER THE WORKS” of the Father’s “HANDS”. Therefore, Jesus as a Son did not create anything! For He who became the Son is God the Father who alone created all things before He entered into a new existence as a Son. Wherefore, the Father alone created all things by the works of His hands (Isaiah 64:8 / Isaiah 44:24); but the Son as a Son could not have created anything because the Son is the man who was born at Bethlehem.