We believe that Jesus Christ according to His divine nature is the only-begotten Son of God,1 begotten from eternity, not made, nor created – for then He would be a creature – but of the same essence with the Father, equally-eternal,
the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being (Heb 1:3), and is equal to Him in all things.2 He is the Son of God, not only from the time that He assumed our nature but from all eternity,3 as the following testimonies, when compared with each other, teach us: Moses says that God created the world;4 the apostle John says that all things were made by the Word which he calls God.5 The letter to the Hebrews says that God made the world through His Son;6 likewise the apostle Paul says that God created all things through Jesus Christ.7 Therefore it must necessarily follow that He who is called God, the Word, the Son, and Jesus Christ, did exist at that time when all things were created by Him. Therefore He could say,
I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am (Jn 8:58), and He prayed,
Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began (Jn 17:5). And so He is true, eternal God, the Almighty, whom we invoke, worship, and serve.