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We exist before the creation of the universe

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world (or written as: from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain).
— Revelations 13:8, NIV.

The crucifixion of Christ was estimated to be between 30-33AD, yes [1]? So why did John write in Revelations that the Lamb was slain from the very beginning of time?

Regarding this thought, I was skeptical at first, but when I dug into the Greek interlinear, I found that this was exactly what John meant: “The Lamb — having been slain from the founding of the world” [2]. So let’s just picture this for a moment, if we know that Jesus was crucified between AD30-33, and the Bible tells us that He was slain at the creation of the world, then what does that tell us about time from God’s perspective? Does that mean, God designed the world so that Christ Himself can die within it? Or rather, is Christ’s crucifixion the centrepiece of God’s creation of the physical world?

I think so. But much more than that.

Before the creation of the world, the Lamb was slain. Before the creation of the universe, God knew us. He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight (Ephesians 1:4, NIV). We were with God before the world was even created. We were there with the Trinity in eternal bliss before all these saga on earth happen.

So what does that tell us about our existence?

Previously we’ve discussed that Jesus Christ is God Himself. They are not different entities. But when Christ was on earth, He had a physical body with a physical consciousness that is independent of His Spirit — God’s Spirit. And because of this, it appears that they are two persons when they are in fact, One [3]. If God and Jesus Christ are indeed, one person, then what makes of us who have the Spirit of God indwelling within us? Does that make us One too [4]?

Put it all aside for a bit and consider this: we exist in the form of the Spirit before the formation of the physical universe. Can it be that this spirit (our true selves) is the spirit that is so filled with sin that we were called to renounce ourselves [8] for the purpose of putting on Christ [7]? Or rather, is it for the sake of our sinful spirit that God must create the physical world?

Say for example, if our existence was with God and we were blameless in our ways from the day we were created until wickedness was found in us [5]. Then what will happen of us when we truly found our true selves? Will we renounce Christ when we have rediscovered ourselves? Will we fall back into the depth of our sins while we enjoy the benefits of God’s unconditional grace? Will we crucify the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace [6]?

So what is this unconditional denial of ourselves all about? Can God’s one-time sacrifice make us deny our eternal existence and who we actually are? Surely, God has considered this.

Okay, all of these are but assumptions until we can fully prove that the selves that we had before we were born was the sinful being that God wanted to do away with. But till then, I guess, what we really need to ask ourselves is this — what is our purpose on earth and have we accomplished it?

Reference:

[1] – https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/1981-years-ago-today-why-we-believe-we-can-know-the-exact-date-jesus-died/

[2] – https://biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/13-8.htm

[3] – https://themanifoldwisdomofgod.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/the-godhood-of-jesus-christ/

[4] – I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. — John 17:23, NIV.

[5] – You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. — Ezekiel 28:15, NIV.

[6] – It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. — Hebrews 6:4-6, NIV.

[7] – Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. — Romans 13:14, NIV.

[8] – Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. — 2 Corinthians 4:2, NIV.

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