His Preexistence

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:1-3).  Before the world began, Jesus was with the Father.  He is the eternal Word.  Through Him and by Him the world was created.

In Genesis 1:26 : when God, the Father said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” He was talking to the Son and the Holy Spirit.  And again in Genesis 3:22 when He said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.  And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” Only God is immortal. 

Jesus testified that He was with the Father in the beginning.  Hours before His crucifixion, He prayed to the Father, And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was (John 17:5).   “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (verse 14).

Although by all appearances John the Baptist was born before Jesus, John bore witness of Him, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me’” (John 1:15).

Jesus in His physical form appeared younger than Abraham but He declared, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”  I AM is the name the Lord called Himself when He spoke to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14).

The apostle Paul had this to say about Jesus, He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-19).

The apostle John testified, That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—” (1 John 1:1-2). 

In Revelation 22:13, Jesus identified Himself as, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Before Jesus became the Son of Man and lived among His people, He was God, the Son, through Whom and for Whom, all things were created.