THE ANTEMORTAL GODSHIP OF CHRIST
It now becomes our purpose to inquire as to the position and status of Jesus the Christ
in the antemortal world, from the period of the solemn council in heaven, in which He
was chosen to be the future Savior and Redeemer of mankind, to the time at which He
was born in the flesh.
We claim scriptural authority for the assertion that Jesus Christ was and is God the
Creator, the God who revealed Himself to Adam, Enoch, and all the antediluvial
patriarchs and prophets down to Noah; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God of
Israel as a united people, and the God of Ephraim and Judah after the disruption of the
Hebrew nation; the God who made Himself known to the prophets from Moses to
Malachi; the God of the Old Testament record; and the God of the Nephites. We affirm
that Jesus Christ was and is Jehovah, the Eternal One.
The scriptures specify three personages in the Godhead: (1) God the Eternal Father,
(2) His Son Jesus Christ, and (3) the Holy Ghost. These constitute the Holy Trinity,
comprising three physically separate and distinct individuals, who together constitute the
presiding council of the heavens.
At least two of these appear as directing participants
in the work of creation; this fact is instanced by the plurality expressed in Genesis: "And
God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness"; and later, in the course of
consultation concerning Adam's act of transgression, "the Lord God said, Behold, the
man is become as one of us."
From the words of Moses, as revealed anew in the
present dispensation, we learn more fully of the Gods who were actively engaged in the
creation of this earth: "And I, God, said unto mine Only Begotten, which was with me
from the beginning: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." Then, further,
with regard to the condition of Adam after the fall: "I, the Lord God, said unto mine Only
Begotten: Behold, the man is become as one of us."
In the account of the creation
recorded by Abraham, "the Gods" are repeatedly mentioned.
As heretofore shown in another connection, the Father operated in the work of
creation through the Son, who thus became the executive through whom the will,
commandment, or word of the Father was put into effect. It is with incisive
appropriateness therefore, that the Son, Jesus Christ, is designated by the apostle John as
the Word; or as declared by the Father "the word of my power.
The part taken by Jesus
Christ in the creation, a part so prominent as to justify our calling Him the Creator, is set
forth in many scriptures. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews refers in this wise
distinctively to the Father and the Son as separate though associated Beings: "God, who
at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all
things, by whom also he made the worlds."
Paul is even more explicit in his letter to