Christ’s Persona before Incarnation (Series 6)
By Eusebio Tanicala, Ph. D.
This is the last of a series on the status of the Logos: whether He was a spirit persona or merely a plan or a concept in God’s mind before Christ’s incarnation in A.D. 1.
After reading and reflecting on the passages submitted below, you should be able to make a conclusion which is more logical to believe: (a) Before the incarnation of Christ, the Logos was a spirit persona, or (b) Before the incarnation of Christ, the Logos was a plan, a concept or a promised idea in God’s mind.
The following passages are for serious reflection:
John 17:5 – “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: ‘Father, the hour has come, Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You. …And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
This glorious majesty of deity was possessed by Christ with the Father before the world was created. But Christ laid aside temporarily this glorious appearance and “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” Phil. 2:7(NKJV) This emptying lasted 33 years only.
Christ voluntarily switched off, so to speak, this glorious, blinding light that surrounded his persona in heaven. During this 33 years of incarnation, Christ had this glorious light switched on for a few seconds in a limited high voltage which was witnessed by the apostles Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah standing as witnesses as related in Matt. 17:2, “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” Another account has this: “…the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening…who appeared in glory … and when they were fully awake they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.: (Luke 9:29-32)
When Christ was crucified by the Jews he was “Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:8).
After Christ went back to heaven, Saul of Tarsus who became later the Apostle Paul, encountered this same glorious, shining light switched on while traveling the road to Damascus. Luke records it this way: “As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.” (Acts 9:3) Apostle Paul himself describes it this way: “…and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.” (Acts 22:6)
During His sojourn on earth, while in the form of a lowly bondservant, Christ was worthy of worship with the same homage due to the Father. Our understanding of the Bible is that only deity is worthy of worship from man. Worship dedicated to anyone or anything other than deity is idolatry. Observe the following:
John 5:22-23, “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
Hebrews 1:6, “But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all the angels of God worship Him.” Matthew 2:11, talking about the magi from the east having reached Bethlehem “…had come into the house they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him…”
Referring to Jesus’ arrest and the crucifixion, the apostles quoted Psalm 2 in their fervent prayers in Acts 4:25-26, “Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.”
The above passages prove to us that Christ in His status as spirit persona in heaven had glory and honor with the Father. Such glory and honor could not logically be assigned to a plan or a promised idea.