God was complete and in union with His one and only Son before creation. The Holy Spirit as well, Genesis records “The Spirit moved over the waters”. But let’s consider the Messiah now, particularly given the incarnation, meaning God becoming man in the flesh. This inquiry started as I read, “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, …”. (Titus 1: 2). Where is the reference of God promising eternal life to people before creation. I went to Genesis and found that Adam and Eve were initially immortal and died only after they disobeyed, but no mention of a promise. It is clearly God’s intention that man should live eternally as he was made immortal and had
permission to eat of the tree of life. After the fall into sin man was separated from the tree of life and eventually died.
Before Adam was created and had not fallen under the curse of sin and death the promise of eternal life, or its restoration, could not be made to him. However, Yeshua through whom the promise is given, was there and He is the one who explains it in a prayer to God saying, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. [This is eternal life, glorious unity with God]. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24). The entire chapter articulates more fully Yeshua’s purpose and promises of love, joy, glory and victory through oneness with God, Father and Son. To be with God is eternal life immortal.
There are several other references where Yeshua mentions His preexisting relationship with Father God. “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John 17: 5). In a discussion with the Jewish crowd, He referenced His pre-existence, “Jesus replied, ‘If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.’ ” (John 8: 54-56). “Who Ate Lunch With Abraham”, by Asher Intrater, is a very interesting and well written book on Yeshua’s potential presence during the old Testament. It’s not dogmatic but insightful, particularly considering that Yeshua was always with God and is God.
The first chapter of John also describes Yeshua’s pre-existence as the Word of God incarnated. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind…. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1: 1-4, 14, 18). Yeshua also reveals His preexisting relationship with God in Heaven in His discussion with Nicodemus. “I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.” (John 3: 12-13).
This is not intended to be a theological paper on Pre-existence, rather it is to remind you, that Yeshua was, is, and is to come. As a Believer, He is in you, His love is in you and your destiny is eternal life with God in Heaven. “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Col. 1: 15-18). This is your Friend and Savior. If you mess up today, He will not stop loving and saving you. He is with you and He is drawing you to himself. Even when you are wandering around trying to find things that can never satisfy, or are struggling in a world filled with hate He is your victory and treasure. Find rest oh my soul in God alone.