Christ - the very first in God's
plan of Creation
(John 1:30; John 8:58)
Letter to the Editor: PASUGO, December 1998, p.3
IN ONE CORNER of our ship (I am serving on-board a
bulk ship), I found a copy of Pasugo magazine. I was overwhelmed
with the teachings it contains which are convincing and biblically
I wrote to ask for your explanation of the verse
John 1:30 where John the Baptist said that "A man is coming after
me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was
born" (TEV). Also, please explain John 8:58 where Christ
said that "...before Abraham was, I AM (NKJV)."
Eric C. Lucena MV Robert Stove
John 1:30, John the Baptist was referring to the Lord Jesus Christ
as the man who would come after him and who is greater than him.
John the Baptist said that Christ existed before Him or, in other
versions of the Bible, “was before” him because Christ was already
foreknown or planned by God even before the foundation of the world.
The Scriptures say:
“Foreknown, indeed, before the
foundation of the world, he has been manifested in the last times
for your sakes.” (I Pt. 1:20, Confraternity Version)
Even before the foundation of the
world, Christ was already in the mind of God. The plan of God
concerning the sending forth of Jesus Christ found fulfillment when
Christ was created through the Holy Spirit and was born of a woman
named Mary (Gal. 4:4; Mt. , 20).
So, Christ was the very first in God’s
plan of creation though He was not the first to be created by God.
This is also the reason Christ said in John
that “…before Abraham was, I AM.” He was already planned by God even
However, the verses you brought up have
been mistaken to mean that Christ is God. But these verses do not
say that Christ is God. In fact, it was not only the Lord Jesus
Christ who was foreknown before the foundation of the world. There
are people chosen by God for the adoption of the Lord Jesus Christ
even before the creation of the world (Eph. 1:4-5, NIV).
To assert that Christ is God because
He was foreknown before the foundation of the world would to be
assert that those who were chosen by God for the adoption of the
Lord Jesus Christ before the creation of the world are also gods.
But there is only one God, the Father (Jn. 17:1, 3), who declared
that “…I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none
like Me” (Is. 46:9. NKJV).
Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free
to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or
an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question
you have in mind.