MERELY ECONOMIC AND TEMPORAL, BUT IS IMMANENT AND ETERNAL.
1. Scripture proof that these distinctions of personality are eternal. We prove this
(a) from those passages which speak of the existence of the Word from eternity with the Father;
(b) from passages asserting or implying Christ?s preexistence;
(c) from passages implying intercourse between the Father and the Son before the foundation of the world;
(d) from passages asserting the creation of the world by Christ;
(e) from passages asserting or implying the eternity of the Holy Spirit. (a)
<430101> John 1:1,2 ? ?In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. and the Word was God?; cf. <010101>Genesis 1:1 ? ?In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth? ; <501706>Philippians 2:6 ? ?existing in the form of God? on an equality with God.?
<430858> John 8:58 ? ?before Abraham was born, I am?; 1:18 ? ?the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father? R. V.); <510115>Colossians 1:15- 17 ? ?firstborn of all creation? or ?before every creature? he is before all things.? In these passages ?am? and ?is? indicate an eternal fact; the present tense expresses permanent being. <662213>Revelation 22:13, 14 ? ?1 am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.? ( cf.
<431705> John 17:5 ? ?Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory
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