Brought Forth

Brought Forth in Eternity

“...from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth;
when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth

This passage from Proverbs 8 is identified as the words of Wisdom. “Doth not wisdom cry?” begins the chapter and Wisdom speaks. “Hear; for I will speak of excellent things...for my mouth shall speak truth” has a familiar ring to it. The disciples of the Pharisees said to Jesus, “We know that you are true, and teach the way of God in truth” Matt 22:16. The scribe said to him, “Master, you have said the truth” Mark 12:32. Jesus said many times, “truly, truly, I say unto you”, “Of a truth I say to you” because he was “the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:18. Jesus said, “I am...the truth” John 14:6.

There is a close connection between Wisdom and the Word of truth.
Both are first; the beginning of Yahweh's ways, the firsborn of creation.
         Prov 8:22; Col 1:15; Heb 1:6.
Both are before creation and with God in the beginning.
         Prov 8:23,24; John 1:1.
Both are the means and agency by which God created all things.
         Prov 3:19; John 1:3; Eph 3:9; 1Cor 8:6; Heb 1:2; 11:3.
Both lead in the way of righteousness
         Prov 8:20; Psalm 23:3.
Both bring life.
         Prov 8:35; John 14:6; Col 3:4.
Both are the wisdom of God.
         Prov 8:22; 1Cor 1:24,30; Col 2:2,3; Eph 1:17; Gal 4:6.

But like the book of Daniel, whose reading was prohibited by the Jewish rabbis because it plainly identified Jesus Christ in 27 AD as the promised Messiah, this chapter in Proverbs is avoided by many today because the identity of Wisdom, possessed by Yahweh in the beginning, from everlasting, or ever the earth was, is clearly seen to be the Word, the Logos, the pre-incarnate Christ, the Son of the living God, by whom God created all things.

If it were only the fact that here we see the Son of the One "who has established all the ends of the earth" (Prov 30:4), Proverbs chapter 8 would be eagerly accepted. But, like Patriarchs and Prophets p. 34, the ellipsis appears to avoid those problematic words, "brought forth." Though "the Son of God declares concerning Himself" this important passage, the 1890 lead book in the "Conflict of the Ages Series" jumps from "I was set up from everlasting..." to "When He appointed the foundations of the earth" conveniently skipping verses 24-28. Why? To skip redundant expressions? Not so.

Ten years later, even after publishing that singular work, The Desire of Ages, in the Signs of the Times April 29, 1900 she wrote, “Through Solomon Christ declared: ‘The Lord possessed Me’ ” and then proceeds to include all the missing verses including both “brought forth”s. And then again in the Review and Herald of April 5, 1906 where “The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God...declares” the same thing.

Ellen White appears to have made intentional, decided efforts to clearly and unmistakenly identify the Son of God as the Wisdom of God who was brought forth from his Father, as Jesus so plainly expressed it to his disciples. “I came out from God. I came forth from the Father” John 16:27,28. And being made a quickening, life-giving Spirit (1Cor 15:45), He is the Spirit of truth that proceeds forth from the Father (John 15:26; 8:42).

“If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God...and it shall be given him” James 1:5
“How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13
“The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom” Eph 1:17

Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ
the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3

Gary Hullquist