re: Does the NT authors use of "God sent his only son" imply...

Mike Phillips (
Thu, 1 Aug 1996 00:24:18 -0700

> From:, on 7/31/96 3:36 PM:
> The idea being that in English the word send implies that you have what
> you are sending in your possession. Does the Greek shed any evidence on
> this issue.
> Another way of asking the question is, "How early in the church tradition is
> the doctrine of Jesus' preexistance?" and a follow-up question is, "What
> evidence for doctrine of the Trinitarian formula of persons in the Godhead
> is there in the NT texts."
> Michael Peterson

Only a word of caution -- in Hebrews (the NT letter to the...) it is noted
that when Abraham payed tithes to Melchizedek, Israel / Aaron? paid tithes at
that time (being still in the loins of Abraham) -- paraphrased from memory with
apologies. I only note this because there wouldn't be a question of
pre-existence in Hebrews regarding the Aaronic priesthood in the loins of
Abraham so much as ancestry -- yet, spoken in terms that some might construe as
pre-existence if they were so inclined (on much better grounds than this short
snippet in John you allude to). Ok, I didn't mean by this to answer your
question in lieu of an authority -- I just wanted to note that your question
provoked this cautionary flag in me when I read it. Hope it may be of some
help (right or wrong).

Mike Phillips
Hebrew Union College - JIR

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging;
it is the skin of living thought and changes from day to day
as does the air around us. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes.