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Equality with God (6 of 8)
Philippians 2:5-7; John 17:5; John 1:1-3; 1 Timothy 1:5-6
Philippians 2 tells us that Jesus was equal to God:
(read verses 5-7)
He was in the form of God before His incarnation, but humbled Himself to become a bondservant in the likeness of men. This agrees with Jesus' statement in John 17 5 "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was."
How could Jesus have been a thought in the mind of God, as Oneness doctrine claims, if He already had glory with the Father before the world was? This passage clearly states that Jesus had prior glory before His incarnation and before creation. John 1 adds a piece to the picture:
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 nothing was made that was made.
Don't lose sight of our previous look at John 1. Verse 10 goes on to tell us that the world was made through Christ, He came into the world He created and it did not know Him. Some claim that verse 1 does not accurately reflect the deity of Christ. This is one of those passages that the church is accused of altering in 325 AD. To validate the accuracy of this verse, we should go to the writings of the church before this time period.
Clement of Alexandria wrote about this very passage in 190 AD:
"When [John] says: 'What was from the beginning [1 John 1:1],' he touches upon the generation without beginning of the Son, who is co-equal with the Father. 'Was,' therefore, is indicative of an eternity without a beginning, just as the Word Himself, that is the Son, being one with the Father in regard to equality of substance, is eternal and uncreated. That the word always existed is signified by the saying: 'In the beginning was the Word' [John 1:1]."
Clement's interpretation of John 1:1 is consi ...
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