Pre-existence of Jesus

"The preexistence of Christ is part of the foundation of Christian faith on which these other doctrines depend. It is a necessary premise for belief in Christ’s deity, but by itself it is not sufficient. Because Christ’s preexistence is foundational, how one understands it or rejects it affects the remainder of Christology and one’s overall understanding of Christianity. This has been nowhere more evident than in the modern attempts to explain (or explain away) the doctrine. Those modern theologians who ignore or deny Christ’s preexistence do so because it is incompatible with their understanding either of his humanity or of the nature of religion." Douglas McCready, He came down from Heaven: The Preexistence of Christ Revisited, p. 419


Johannine Passages

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God... John bore witness about him, and cried out, 'This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'"

John 1:1-2, 15 ESV

"No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man... He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all."

John 3:13, 31

"But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent." John 5:36-38

"... not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father... Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?" John 6:46, 62

"You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me." John 7:28-29

"You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world." John 8:23

"Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." John 8:58

"Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world." John 17:24


  • Douglas McCready, "He came down from Heaven: The Preexistence of Christ Revisited", Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 40/3 (Sept. 1997)


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