Christ's Existence Began in Eternity, Not in the Womb of Mary. Period.

12/21/2019 5 Comments

Jesus existed before he was born

When and where did the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ begin? Did His existence only begin when He was conceived by Mary, as what the Iglesia ni Cristo of Manalo believes?

This particular belief of this religious organization is expressed in an article featured in their official publication, Pasugo, which says,

Translation:
Had there been a Christ in the beginning before the establishment of this world? The answer is clear based on what the angel told Mary, that she would conceive and give birth to a son whose name would be called Jesus, Luke 1:31. From the answer given by the angel, the existence of Christ started in the womb of the Virgin Mary.


The INC of Manalo is claiming that Christ’s existence began only when Mary was told by the angel, “thou shalt conceive in thy womb” Implying that prior to Mary’s conception, there was no Christ yet that was in existence. But if you are to go over what Luke 1:31 says, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” you will realize that the verse did not say that Christ’s existence started only in the womb of Mary.

Scientifically speaking, human life does not begin in the womb of the mother but from the loins of the father. A person’s identity starts from the bosom of his father. Although his DNA, which is the blueprint of our being, comes from both his mother and father; yet, biblically speaking, what comes from the father has a greater impact.

HEBREWS 7:9-10 (KJV) says,

9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who received tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Spiritually and scientifically, Levi started from the loins of Abraham; he was already in the loins of Abraham 450 years before his birth. This implies that scientifically speaking, one’s DNA may come from as far as the 7th to 10th generation backward.

According to science, a living cell is formed out of the 23 chromosomes from the father and another 23 chromosomes from the mother. Actually, all the cells in our body, like the cells in our bones, in our ligaments, in our flesh, etc. have 46 chromosomes. Only the sperm cell of a man and the egg cell from a woman contain 23 chromosomes each; all the other cells have 46. But when the sperm cell and the egg cell unite, a new cell with 46 chromosomes forms. This new cell will later become a fetus, which after nine months will be born as a new human being.

The point that I am trying to drive at is, although Levi was yet to be born 450 years later, he was already in the bosom of Abraham. Meaning, the DNA that was already in Abraham would be transferred to Levi 450 years later. Proving that literally and scientifically, our beings do not really begin from the womb of our mothers. That is why it is scientifically wrong to say that Christ’s existence started only when Mary conceived Him in her womb. And it is also very wrong, spiritually speaking. Why? Because Christ’s existence did not start here on Earth!

HEBREWS 10:5 (KJV) says,

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

The verse is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. “when he cometh into the world” means that He did not originate from this world. But when He came into this world, a body had been prepared for Him. What body was that? It was the body that was conceived by Mary. That was the body that started from Mary – the physical body of Christ.

JOHN 1:14 (KJV) says,

And the Word was made flesh...

If Christ did not begin from this world, where then?

MICAH 5:2 (KJV) says,

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

According to the prophecy of Micah, from Bethlehem shall come forth He who would rule Israel, and this ruler came from everlasting, where the Father begot Him.

PSALM 2:7 (KJV) says,

I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

The Father begot Christ, and it is one biblical fact that some people refuse to believe. But that is the truth. The Father had begotten His Son even before the creation of the world.

JOHN 3:6 (KJV) says,

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

He that is born of the flesh is flesh; and he that is born of the Spirit is spirit. So the spirit can give birth.

HEBREWS 12:9 (KJV) says,

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

God the Father is a spirit; He is also called, “the Father of Spirits.” In essence, God is called the Father of spirits because He had begotten His Son as a spirit being and have created spirit beings like angels!

JOHN 4:24 (KJV) says,

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

So that we won’t get confused, we always have to remember that there are two things that are in Christ: first, the Spirit that was begotten by the Father; and second, the flesh that was born of Mary. He that came into this world was the Son of God whom the Father had begotten, spiritually, in everlasting. And when the Son of God came into this world, He dwelled in the body of the son that was born of Mary.

What the INC of Manalo conceals from its members is the biblical truth that the Father has a Son whom He Himself had begotten.

HEBREWS 1:4-6 (KJV) says,

4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

The first begotten of the Father is Christ, and He was only brought into this world. He did not originate here because He came from everlasting.

Now, where was Christ before He was begotten or brought forth by the Father?

JOHN 1:18 (KJV) says,

No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Christ came from the bosom of the Father and He is the only begotten of the Father.

The New American Standard Bible has a better rendition of JOHN 1:18 as it is in conformity with the Greek Bible. It says,

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

In the original Greek scriptures, it says “the only begotten God.”

IΩANNHN 1:18 (Greek Wescott-Hort Transliterated):

Theon oudeis eoraken popote monogenes theos o on eis ton kolpon tou patros ekeinos exegesato.

“MONOGENES THEOS” = Begotten God

Christ was in the bosom of the Father. He was part of the Being of the Father in eternity. However, time came that the Father had to bring Him forth.

JOHN 17:5, 24 (KJV) says,

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Before the creation of the world, Christ had already received and enjoyed the glory which came from the Father. What was that? It was the glory of being the Son of God. “Thou art my son,” the Father told Him, because He was the one who gave birth to Christ; He begot Him.

What others are skeptical about is the Father’s capability to bring forth a son simply because He is a male.

Actually, a male’s capability to give birth is both literally and spiritually possible.

Literally, a male can give birth.


It is the male seahorse that becomes pregnant and gives birth.

If a male’s capability to give birth is literally possible, all the more it is possible spiritually. God is Almighty, and because He is an Almighty God, I don’t think it would be difficult for Him to bring forth or to beget a Son.

PSALM 94:9 (KJV) says,

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

Human beings are capable of seeing and hearing. These capabilities have made mankind discover the principles that govern our visual and auditory senses, which we later applied when we invented the camera, an eye that captures images, and the microphone, an ear that listens and says aloud what it hears.

If we humans, despite our limitations, are able to come up with wonderful inventions such as the camera and the microphone, how much more the Almighty God! “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?” Along those lines, could we not also ask, “He that created the womb, shall he not be able to bring forth a child?” Of course that is very possible with God.

The existence of the Lord Jesus Christ began in eternity with the Father. In fact, they were together during the creation of the world.

PROVERBS 30:4 (KJV) says,

Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?

The Father and His Son were the ones who created everything, including man. When the first man was created, Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...” The pronouns “us” and “our” imply that the Father was talking with another Being who was with Him, and that was His Son whom He had begotten in everlasting.

What the INC of Manalo can’t accept is the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. For them, there is only one God, and that is the Father. I do not disagree that there is one God, but we have to clarify who is that one God in the Bible. The Hebrew word that was used is Elohim, which the plural form of the singular noun Eloah, which means God. Therefore, Elohim means Gods. Elohim said, “Let us make man in our image.”

There is but one Elohim, but embodied in that one Elohim is not only the Father. Just like a music band. Although we consider a music band as one, yet it is composed of several musicians. It may comprise a keyboard player, a guitarist, a drummer, a violin player, a trumpet player, etc., but we call it a band. The same with family, which is also a singular noun, but in a family, there is the father, the mother, the children, and the grandparents.

What am I trying to say? The one God that the Bible mentions came from the Hebrew word Elohim, which denotes plurality. Meaning to say, it is not limited to the Father. Within the Elohim are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

I am very certain that this is something which the ministers of the INC of Manalo will never teach their members. And neither will they read to them JOHN 1:18 in the original Greek version which referred to Christ as “Monogenes Theos” or “the only begotten God” because it will shatter their over-a-century-old doctrine that Christ is just a man whose existence began when Mary conceived Him in her womb.

However, the verses that I have cited are more than enough to prove that Christ’s existence did not begin in the womb of Mary because prior to her conception, He had already existed with the Father in eternity; He was with the Father throughout the process of creation; and He is a divine Being — the Bible calls Him “the only begotten God” or “Monogenes Theos.” AMEN!

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