Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Is there any indication in the Bible about when the Trinity came into being? Or, put another way, whether Jesus existed at the beginning?
Did the Trinity exist at the creation?
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From a Christian Evangelical perspective, the answer to three of your questions is yes, and the answer to one of your questions is no.
Was Jesus present at the beginning of time?
Jesus (again, according to Evangelical theology) did not have a beginning; rather, He already existed at the beginning of His creative work in bringing the material universe into being.
Is there any indication in the Bible about when the Trinity came into being?
Since John 1:1 asserts Jesus' Deity, then Psalm 90:2 asserts, albeit indirectly, that the God of the Old Testament (Tanakh) and Jesus, the Word, are one and the same. What about the Holy Spirit, the third member of the triune God?
Well, we have Genesis 1:2:
And then there is Genesis 1:26:
If Jesus already existed prior to His creative work as described in Genesis; if God refers to Himself in the plural "Us"; and if Jesus is equal to God; then we needn't take an unwarranted leap of faith in saying the Trinity existed forever, and it had no beginning.
Or, put another way, whether Jesus existed at the beginning?
Yes. As John 1:1 indicates, Jesus already existed "in the beginning," prior to the first creative fiat of God; namely,
Notice, too, that in Jesus
We are also told in Scripture that
By the way, the Light of which John speaks in John 1:4-5 is not the unapproachable light of which Paul speaks; no, the former light was the invisible made visible through the God-Man Jesus Christ. John said in the same chapter,
That Light, John tells us,
Did the trinity exist at the creation?
Yes. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were all involved in the creation of all things, both immaterial and material.
Your question actually has two answers, depending on which Jesus you are referring to. We must first take into account that Jesus is both totally man and at the same time totally God. In order to give you the true answer to your question it must first be established which identity you are asking about.
It is commonly accepted among all Christian faiths; that Jesus came down from Heaven and assumed human form, Jesus himself indicated this in:
Jesus the man was born in approximately 6 BC. Jesus the man was just as you and I having the same five senses that we share. As an infant He cried just as any other baby and felt hunger, and fatigue, and all the other things any human would experience.
It is also generally accepted among all Christian faiths that That a form of Deity also resided in that human body, and that that human body came from the Holy Spirit coming upon a virgin Jewish girl named Mary.
Luke 1:26 through 35 KJV
From this point on many differing points of view come into play, Some Denominations believe that the Divinity was present in the body of Jesus from the time of conception until returning to Heaven after the resurrection, Some believe that the divinity only came down from Heaven, and entered Jesus physical body at his baptism.
Still others believe that the Deity which inhabits the physical body of Jesus is God himself. Not all Christian faiths subscribe to the concept of the Trinity, and believe Jesus, God the father and the Holy Spirit are one individual who assumes whatever form it needs at the time.
As far as was Jesus around at the Creation Whichever, of these beliefs you subscribe to it is incumbent that all believe that God in whatever form, is eternal. That is without beginning or end. In Eternity there is no such thing as time, there is only the presence.
So the answer to your other question is that the Trinity has neither beginning nor end, but is constant.
Scripture is clear in John 1 verses 1 through 6. Christ was here in the beginning and everything was created through him. I would rather not concern myself with the traditions of men, but instead with the infallable word of God.
The question of whether the Trinity pre-exists creation is dealt with as a doctrine in various Christian traditions.
You can get answers from teachings of several major streams of Christian faith, including Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed (sometimes called Calvinist), and Anglican among others. You'll see subtle yet important differences between them, but they basically answer your question with a yes.
You will get even wider diversity if you consult Unitarians, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Latter Day Saints (sometimes called Mormons).
There is a second doctrinal question you didn't mention by name, but is relevant here. It's the doctrine of Incarnation, God made flesh. If you think of Jesus as God made flesh, this is widely taught as happening when Jesus was conceived inside Mary's womb, long after creation.
Some people use the term Jesus to refer to the incarnate deity, and the term Christ to refer to the pre-existing member of the trinity. Others, including myself, use the two terms interchangeably.
If you want to read scripture for yourself and draw your own conclusions, you can do that. Much of scripture is helpful in this regard, but particularly the opening passages of Genesis chapter 1 and John chapter 1.
Yes He was present at the beginning.
LDS Viewpoint. I will be quoting from The Pearl of Great Price:
This clearly states that The Only Begotten, who is Jesus Christ was with God in the beginning. As for your question about the Trinity, as member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, We Believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost as three separate beings. We do not believe that the three members of the Godhead are one being as defined in the Trinity (See The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent by Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles).
God has always existed, His son "His Word", spoke things into creation, and the "Words Attitude" is displayed with creation, for the word did what the "Thinker" told him to do in "Humility and Peace".