E. J. Waggoner on the Godhead
Excerpts from the chapter "Is
Christ a Created Being" in his book Christ
Neither should we imagine that Christ is a creature . . . . Now if
He created everything that was ever created and existed before all created
things, it is evident that He Himself is not among created things. He
is above all creation and not a part of it.
The Scriptures declare that Christ is "the only begotten son of
God." He is begotten, not created. As to when He was begotten,
it is not for us to inquire, nor could our minds grasp it if we were
told. . . . There was a time when Christ proceeded forth and came from
God, from the bosom of the Father (John 8:42; 1:18), but that time was
so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it
is practically without beginning.
But the point is that Christ is a begotten Son
and not a created subject. He has by inheritance a more excellent
name than the angels; He is "a Son over His own house." Heb.
1:4; 3:6. And since He is the only-begotten son of God, He is of the
very substance and nature of God and possesses by birth all the attributes
of God, for the Father was pleased that His Son should be the express
image of His Person, the brightness of His glory, and filled with all
the fullness of the Godhead. So He has "life in Himself."
He possesses immortality in His own right and can confer immortality
upon others. Life inheres in Him, so that it cannot be taken from Him,
but having voluntarily laid it down, He can take it again. His words
are these: "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down
my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I
lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power
to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."
John 10:17, 18.
Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the
fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul,
after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues:
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that
the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if
any man have not the Spirit of Christ,
he is none of his." Rom. 8:9. Here we find
that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.
Christ "is in the bosom of the Father" being by nature of
the very substance of God and having life in Himself. He is properly
called Jehovah, the self-existent One and is thus styled in Jer. 23:56,
where it is said that the righteous Branch, who shall execute judgment
and justice in the earth, shall be known by the name of Jehovah-tsidekenu--THE
LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.