The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleProverbs 8:23
I was set up from everlasting…
I, a person, and not a
quality; a person, and not a nature; the person of Christ as the Son of
God, and not the human nature of Christ, which then did not exist; this
phrase designs the ordination and constitution of Christ in his office
as Mediator. So the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "I was ordained";
Christ was foreordained to be the Redeemer and Saviour of men, to be
the propitiation for their sins, to be the head of the church, and the
Judge of the world. It intends likewise his inauguration into his
office, and his investiture with it; and because anointing with oil was
used in installing persons into the offices of prophet, priest, and
king; hence Christ's instalment into his office as Mediator is here
expressed by an anointing; for the words may be rendered, "I was
anointed" F9; it takes in all that goes to his constitution as
Mediator, his call, appointment, and investiture; and the whole of his
office, every part and branch of it; and chiefly his kingly office,
with reference to which the same word is used (Psalms 2:6) ; and so Gersom
``and there were given to me power, dominion, and greatness;''
all which suppose the eternity of his person; for had he not existed
from everlasting, he could not have been set up, and anointed as
Mediator, or invested with his office as such;
from the beginning, or ever the earth was;
or from the first of the
earth, or the original of it; that is, before all time, before the
earth or anything was created; this further confirms the eternal
existence of Christ's person, the antiquity of his office, the early
provision of grace in him as Mediator for his people, and may lead to
entertain high and honourable thoughts of him.
F9 (ytkon) "uncta sum", Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens; "inuncta
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 8:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=008&verse=023>. 1999.