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Was the Rock a pre-existent Christ?

Submitted: 12/8/2007
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Question: 1 Corinthians 10:4 says, 'And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.' Does this mean that Christ pre-existed or that Christ's Spirit was in that Rock?

Answer: Prior to His conception and birth, Jesus Christ existed as the one Supreme God who created all things, but not as God the Son or merely as the Logos. There is one God. Like the Rock in the wilderness, the fire in the burning bush was Christ, the pillar of fire and pillar of smoke were Christ, and the voise on Mount Sinai was Christ. We can say this because Jesus Chrust is God manifested in the flesh. This means that He was also God before He was manifested in the flesh. It is the flesh that pre-existed only as an idea, but the God in the flesh is from everlasting (Micah 5:2).

The reason the Rock is specifically identified as Christ is because it served as a very clear Messianic symbol. Just as the Rock had to be struck before the water would be released, so Christ had to be struck (the Cross) before the living waters (the Spirit) would be released (Pentecost). Once the waters began to flow, the people had access to water throughout their wanderings in the wilderness. In the same way, once we have been filled with the Holy Spirit, we have access to the living waters throughout our earthly journey.