|Dr. Couch, thank you for the information on the Trinity. We need more teaching on this!|
ANSWER: Thank you. I have several other passages that need to be considered.
Hebrew 13:8 reads: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever." In Greek, the word "yesterday" is "exthes" that means "time past." It is an unusual word! The word "today" is also an unusual term, "sameron," and it means "this day," or "what happened today." The verse ends with "even into the forevers!" Or, into the ages!
Hebrews 1:5 is one of the most important verses on the eternality of the Son of God! The verse says four very important things about His relationship with the Father. I will be giving the Greek grammar in this translation.
(1) "A Son of Mine, YOU are continually existing as!" [You always have been a Son!]
(2) "I ('Ego' personal pronoun) this day (the day of Christ's birth) have [in time] birthed YOU!"
(3) "I ('Ego' personal pronoun) shall continually exist to HIM a Father."
(4) "And HE shall continually exist to Me a Son!"
Alford quotes the great Greek grammarians of the past to show that they all took Hebrews 1:5 as reflecting the eternal-ness of Christ the Son of God. Alford says: "The passage refers to the eternal generation of the Son," of "His eternity." The great exegete Owen also takes the same view—the eternal generation of Christ." "The former verses represent to us the Son of God as standing in this relation to the Father before the worlds were made." "It is natural then to suppose that this verse is to be refer[ing] to a time prior to the event of Christ's incarnation." The great Ellicott points out that the verse stresses "the eternal Now" of the Sonship of Christ. He always IS the Son of God!"
Thank you for your comments. I hope this helps.
Dr. Mal Couch