At What Point Did Jesus Become Flesh?

Many of Christ’s names point to His presence in eternity past.  One of His names is the Everlasting Father[1].  We know Him to be the Creator[2].   We should acknowledge Him as the Everlasting Father and Creator.  This is a way of confessing His name.


But at what point did Jesus become flesh?  Was the Son only Spirit in eternity past?  Was it only with the virgin birth that He became flesh?  Micah tells us His goings forth have been from old, from everlasting[3].  Look at what the Apostle John says in 1 John 1:1 concerning the Son of God. 


1 John 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1 John 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)


John says that the Son was from the beginning.  He goes out of his way to emphasize that it wasn’t just the words that he heard that were from the beginning, but also what he saw with his own eyes and felt with his own hands was from the beginning.  It had been with the Father and now was manifested to us.  John is saying as emphatically as he can that the Son, the literal physical Son, not just a spiritual Son, was from the beginning. 


In eternity past God existed only as Spirit.  As He began to move toward the works of creation He first manifested Himself in a physical way[4]. In this event, God became a Father and a Son[5].  The truth of the Father and the Son became the center point for everything that would follow[6].  After the Son was manifested He created the worlds according to the will of the Father. 


These times, from the manifestation of the Son through the early days of the creation are referred to in the scriptures as the beginning[7].  So when John says that Jesus was from the beginning He is referring to this time in eternity past that started with the manifestation of the Son.  He is reminding the believers that the very flesh that He and others handled was from these pre-creation times[8].    Understanding when the Son became flesh lays the foundation for understanding many of the names that refer to His presence, place and works before the creation.

The Firstborn of Every Creature…Col 1:15-17


Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.


As we learned above, the Son proceeded forth from the Father in eternity past.  At this event, all the fullness of the Godhead was manifested visibly and bodily in the Son, the image of the invisible God[9].  This occurred before there was anything else, before any cherubim, any angels, before Lucifer, before the universe, before the earth, mankind, plants and animals.  For this reason, the Son is given the name the Firstborn of Every Creature.  This in no way is saying the Son is a part of the creation, it is simply acknowledging Him as the first physical being.  The Son then went on to create all things visible and invisible, but as these verses from Colossians emphasize, He was manifest before all of these created things.

[1] Isaiah 9:6

[2] John 1:3,10; Colossians 1:16

[3] Micah 5:2.

[4] The Son is the physical, bodily, manifestation of God (Colossians 2:9, John 14:7-9)

[5] Hebrews 1:5.  This is not “when Jesus began to be.”  Remember God is one and Jesus is one with the Father.  The eternal God is eternal; He has no beginning of days.  However, there is a point where God who was Spirit was made flesh.  That is the time we are discussing here.

[6] Psalm 2, Proverbs 30:1-4, Colossians 1:16.

[7] Genesis 1:1, Proverbs 8:22-31, Isaiah 40:21, Isaiah 41:4, John 8:44, Hebrews 1:10, 1 John 3:8

[8] This forms the basis for one of the key teachings of the book of 1 John – trying the spirits.

[9] The Son was manifested in the image of the Father, and we were created in the image of both of them.  Hence the words, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Genesis 1:26).”


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