EDUCATING OUR WORLD

Question: What Did Jesus Do Before He Came To Earth?

Answer:The Bible teaches that Jesus, God the Son, existed before He came to earth as a human being. Scripture also tells us some of the things that He did before He became human. We can list them as follows.

1. He Was The Creator Of The Universe

The Bible says that Jesus was the Creator of the entire universe. John wrote the following about this in his gospel. He said.

All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created (John 1:3 HCSB).

Note that all things were made by Him. Jesus, therefore, is the Creator.

The Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus being the one who created “all things.” He wrote the following to the Colossians.

Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God’s Son, and everything was made for him (Colossians 1:16 CEV).

The entire universe was made by Him. The writer to the Hebrews echoes this truth.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe (Hebrew 1:1-2 NIV).

Jesus was the Creator.

2. Jesus Preserved The Universe After He Created It

There is something else that we learn from the Bible. Jesus Christ, God the Son, not only created the universe, He also preserved His creation. Paul also wrote about this to the Colossians.

He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together (Colossians 1:17 NLT).

He is the One who holds everything in the universe together. In other words, the reason as to why all things are held together is because of Jesus Christ! This is quite a claim.

The writer to the Hebrews takes this a step further. He says that all things in the universe are actually held together by His powerful Word. We read.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Hebrews 1:3 NIV).

Jesus’ work of preservation continues until today.

In sum, we find at least two important things which Jesus did before He came to earth. First, He created all things. Second, He sustained that which He created. In fact, He continues to sustain the universe to this day.

Summary To Question 9 What Did Jesus Do Before He Came To Earth?

God the Son, Jesus Christ has been God from all eternity. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus did not have His origin as a babe in Bethlehem. Scripture also tells us about some of the things which He did before coming to earth. Indeed, we find that He was certainly not inactive before He came to earth. Two things are emphasized.

First, Jesus was the Creator of the entire universe. In other words, before He came to the earth He was busy creating all things.

Not only has God the Son created all things, He upholds His creation through His powerful word. All things in the universe are held together through the Word of God the Son. He is the force which has kept all things running intact. He continues to preserve the universe to this day.

Consequently we find Him active before He came to earth as a human being.

This question is from my forthcoming book “Who Is Jesus Christ?”

ABOUT DON STEWART

Don Stewart is an internationally recognized Christian apologist and speaker. He graduated cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary and the International Seminar in Theology and Law in Strasbourg, France, as well as from Biola University. Don is also a best-selling and award-winning author/co-author of over seventy books. [ read more ]

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