John 1:1–3 (ESV) — 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Man is lost. Sin has permeated his nature and he is incapable of restoring fellowship with God. Not only is he incapable of restoring fellowship, but he does not want anything to do with God. How can God restore mankind to fellowship with Himself?
God is a just God. His justice demands that the price of sin be paid. That price is death, not only physical, but also eternal separation from God after physical death. The plan is for God himself to pay the penalty for man’s sin, and suffer death for all of mankind. Man was by nature sinful which means that no man would qualify as his redeemer. No man could ever be sinless and thus willingly accept death for payment of man’s sin.
Angels would not qualify because a redeemer must be a human. An angel is not redeemable and could not therefore qualify as a redeemer. A true redeemer must be completely human to qualify. Only God could accomplish this task. Is Christ God and can we demonstrate this is scripture?
The above verses are among many that demonstrate the preexistence of Christ. It shows that Christ is eternal, a quality only possessed by God. He was in the beginning with God. Not only does this show his eternality but the verse goes on to say that Christ is the creator of all things. Nothing was made without Him. Only God creates.
It is not my intent to be an apologist so I will leave further verification of the fact that Christ is God to you. To me the above verse clearly demonstrates the fact that scripture say’s that Christ is God. Christ appeared in the Old Testament as the Angel of the Lord. Some of the places that He appeared are as follows: (Gen. 16:7-14; 21:17-18; 22:11-18; 31:11-13 Ex 3:2; Judges 2:1-4; 5:23; 6:11-22; 13:3-22; 2 Sam. 24:16; Zech. 1:12; 3:1; 12:8). Charles Ryrie states the following concerning The Angel of the Lord. “That He is a Member of the Trinity is indicated by the fact that the appearances of the Angel of Yahweh cease after the Incarnation. This is confirmed by the Old Testament statement that the Angel of God accompanied Israel when they left Egypt (Ex. 14:19; cf. 23:20) and the New Testament statement that the Rock who followed Israel was Christ (1 Cor. 10:4). His ministries as an Angel of Yahweh. (1) He often acted as messenger to various people (Gen. 16:7-14; 22:11-18; 31:11-13). (2) He guided and protected Israel (Ex. 14:19; 23:20; 2 Kings 19:35). (3) He was the instrument of judgment on Israel when God sent a pestilence on the people (1 Chron. 21:1-27). (4) He was the agent of refreshment to Elijah (1 Kings 19:5-7).”
All of this and many other scriptures demonstrate that Christ had an existence before He became man. They demonstrate that He is none other than the second person of the Trinity and very much God. God’s grace, love, and mercy are demonstrated in the fact that Christ, who is God, took on the form of man so that He could pay the price for man’s disobedience and die. Through this one act He was able to redeem man to God. The penalty was paid in full and we can now go boldly before the throne of God because fellowship was restored to all those who believe.
Having demonstrated that Christ is fully God the other aspect that must be true for Him to be our redeemer is that He must also be fully man. We will explore this in our next post.