The fourth general division of the New Testament refers to the pilgrim
character of the people of God, rather than to their heavenly position.
But here too we find abundant testimony to the glories of Him of whom
we speak. Peter tells us of the unblemished Lamb, “foreordained before
the foundation of the world” (1 Pet. 1:19,20), and of the One who, in
the days before the flood, before His incarnation, went by His Spirit
and preached to the disobedient, through Noah, to those who are now the
spirits in prison (1 Pet. 3:19). This passage teaches the pre-existence
of our Lord.
The epistle of John, like his Gospel, dwells upon the person of Christ.
He is that eternal Life which was with the Father and was manifested to
us (chap.1). If one denies Him, the Son, he has not the Father
(chap.2). He that believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God
(chap.5). He closes his epistle with this confession of the person of
Christ: “We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an
understanding that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that
is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and
eternal life” (1 Jn. 5:20).
Jude, verse 21, tells us to be looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus
Christ unto eternal life. Could we think of using such language of any
but a divine person?