The Theophanies of Christ through the Old Testament: Introduction

by joelleperry

There was a point in time and history where Jesus took on flesh and became a man. He lived among us as “Immanuel”, “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14, and Matthew 1:23). But his life did not start in the New Testament. He forever was and forever will be (Revelation 1:8).

But who was Jesus before he became a man? Throughout the Old Testament there are stunning passages that bring to light the person of Jesus – before his incarnation took place around 4 BC. He is vividly and accurately revealed, witnessed, and manifested. These instances, called “theophanies”, are not just a foreshadowing and prophecy of his first coming; they teach us who Jesus is. By them we can know Jesus rightly and in context. In this series, “The Theophanies of Christ in the Old Testament”, I aim to point out the main theophanies in Scripture and bring out the meanings of these encounters with God. In the meditations to follow we will see more and more clearly how Jesus was ever with the Father from before the foundations of the earth, his person, and Godhead.

“…Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (1 Peter 1:20)