The Activity of The Preincarnate Christ

I. CHRIST’S ACTIVITY AS CREATOR

a. He was involved in the creation of all things

Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says, “WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”

Romans 12:3 (NASB) For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Romans 11:36 (NASB) For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

John 1:3 (NASB) All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

Hebrews 1:2 (NASB) in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

b. All things were created for Christ

c. All of creation is held together by Christ

Hebrews 1:3 (NASB) And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.

II. HIS ACTIVITY AS THE ANGEL OF THE LORD

a. The identity of the Angel of The Lord

  1. His identity with Yahweh

a. His title identifies Him as God

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

b. His many appearances identify Him as God

i. Genesis 16:7-13

ii. Genesis 22:11-18

iii. Genesis 31:10-13

iv. Genesis 32:24-30

Hosea 12:4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel And there He spoke with us

v. Exodus 3:1-6; 14-16

vi. Judges 2:1-2

vii. Judges 6:11-24

viii. Judges 13:1-23

  1. His distinction from God the Father

a. He intercedes to God the Father

b. He is distinguished from God the Father

c. His Identity with Christ

i. The second member of the trinity is the visible member of the Trinity in the New Testament, just as The Angel of the Lord is the visible member of the Trinity in the Old Testament.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Colossians 2:8-9 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

ii. The term “The Angel of The Lord” never appears again after Jesus’ incarnation.

iii. Both The Angel of The Lord and Jesus are sent by God the Father, while God the Father is never sent

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

iv. The Angel could not be God the Holy Spirit, because He never takes bodily form in scripture.

John 3:8 “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 14:17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

v. The Angel of The Lord could not be God the Father because He too never takes on bodily form.

1 Timothy 6:16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

Exodus 33:20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”

John 6:46 “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.

Isaiah 63:9 (NASB) In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Hebrews 2:14-17 (NASB) 14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

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