The States of Christ
- Pre-Incarnate Christ – So remember that there was never a time when Jesus did not exist. He was not created. He was eternally a part of the Godhead.
- Incarnation – The word means – in the flesh. Chili con Carne – with meat.
But then he became a man through auspices of Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit. So you will read several times in hebrews about how Jesus was the first born, or the begotten of the Father? those references are typically referring to his incarnation or his resurrection. Not his eternal state.
- Resurrected Christ – The current experience of Christ is that he has been raised from the dead. He inhabits a glorified physical body. He has ascended to the right hand of the Father.
- Eternal King – There is a sense in which Jesus rules and reigns right now in a literal sense. So he was able to command the Apostles saying, “all authority has been given to me – therefore go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and lo I am with you to the end of the age”. So in one sense he has all authority – but in another sense all things have not yet been subjected to him in an objective sense.