Jesus Christ: The God of the Old Testament


By Thomas Golda


Neither let us TEMPT CHRIST, AS SOME OF THEM ALSO TEMPTED, and were destroyed of serpents.” I Corinthians 10:9 - KJV


Israel tempted CHRIST, and Christ DESTROYED THEM.  Proving Christ’s Deity and pre-existence in the Old Testament.  I Corinthians 10:9 is a quote from Numbers 21:6:


"And the LORD (YHWH) sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."  Numbers 21:6

Christ is YHWH GOD of the Old Testament


The KJV, and also many other translations, include the word CHRIST in this verse, proving Christ's pre-existence in the Old Testament.  Some Bibles don't include the Word Christ, but translate it "Lord." Is it any surprise which translations do this?  Those Satanic Arian translations that are following the corrupt Arian Alexandrian text type that removed the word CHRIST, and inserted LORD.  

What do the ancient witnesses say?


The reading, "Christ", is in the OLDEST oldest Greek MSS in existence for this Epistle of Paul - which is known as the Chester Beatty Papyri, P46, and which dates from around 200 A.D.  P46 confirms the reading in the Byzantine Greek, and KJV.  The witnesses do not stop there:


Codex Claromontanus - 6th century


Old Latin Version - Ultimately these go back soon after the New Testament was completed.


The Latin Version which was done by Jerome in the fourth century


The Syriac Peshitta Version, which some date from the second century.


The Syriac Harclean Versions -7th century


The Egyptian Versions, the Coptic Sahidic and Bohairic, of the third and sixth centuries.


The Georgian Version, of the 6th century. These versions represent a wide area of their usage, and in different languages, all of which would have been made from Greek MSS, that were available to them at that time.


As far as the ancient church fathers:


The Bishop of Lyons, Irenaeus, who was born about A.D. 140, and who was from the Greek Church.


Clement of Alexandria (150-215), also knew of "Christ", who also was from the Greek Church.


We have the reading "Christ" also supported by two heretics, Marcion (who actually was before Irenaeus' time, as he died in 160), who came from Pontus (in Asia Minor); and Origen (185-254), who was from Alexandria in Egypt, both were from the Greek Church, and both denied the Deity of Jesus Christ!  They admit the reading is CHRIST.


ONLY if Jesus Christ Himself is CO-EQUAL, CO-ETERNAL and CO-ESSENTIAL with God the Father, could the Apostle Paul ever have applied an Old Testament passage, which speaks of the actions of YAHWEH to Jesus. The fact that Paul, writing under the guidance of God the Holy Spirit, does exactly that, shows beyond any doubt, that JESUS CHRIST IS ALMIGHTY GOD.