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The Creator of the World
Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church

Posted on 12/07/2017 1:02:04 PM PST by metmom

"In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son . . . through whom also He made the world" (Heb. 1:2).

Christ is the agent through whom God created the world.

John 1:3 testifies, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." Jesus has the ability to create something out of nothing (cf. Rom. 4:17), and that sets Him apart from mere creatures. Only God can create like that; we can't. If you could create, you'd live in a different house, drive a different car, and probably have a different job—if you had any job at all. You could just sit in your backyard and make money. Fortunately, God didn't give depraved men and women the right to be creators.

The ability to create ex nihilo belongs to God alone and the fact that Jesus creates like that indicates He is God and establishes His absolute superiority over everything. He created everything material and spiritual. Though man has stained His work with sin, Christ originally made it good, and the very creation itself longs to be restored to what it was in the beginning (Rom. 8:22).

The common Greek word for "world" is kosmos, but that's not the one used in Hebrews 1:2. The word here is aionas, which does not refer to the material world but to "the ages," as it is often translated. Jesus Christ is responsible for creating not only the physical earth, but also time, space, energy, and matter. The writer of Hebrews does not restrict Christ's creation to this earth; he shows us that Christ is the Creator of the entire universe and of existence itself. And He made it all without effort.

What about you? If you don't recognize God as the Creator, you'll have difficulty explaining how this universe came into being. Where did it all come from? Who conceived it? Who made it? It cannot be an accident. Someone made it, and the Bible tells us who He is: Jesus Christ.

Suggestion for Prayer

Praise God for the wonder of His creation, which we can so easily take for granted.

For Further Study

Read Colossians 1:16-23 to discover the relationship between the creation and your salvation.

TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship

1 posted on 12/07/2017 1:02:04 PM PST by metmom
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To: Alex Murphy; bkaycee; boatbums; CynicalBear; daniel1212; dragonblustar; Dutchboy88; ealgeone; ...

Studying God’s Word ping

2 posted on 12/07/2017 1:02:30 PM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith..)
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To: metmom

Amen,I have to get closer to God.

3 posted on 12/07/2017 2:32:15 PM PST by sweeperboy
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To: metmom

The common teaching is God created the universe out of “nothing”. The Scriptures teach otherwise, saying that everything visible and invisible in the universe came out of Him, even His own Son.

Ro 11:36 seeing that out of Him and through Him and for Him is all: to Him be the glory for the eons! Amen!

Jn 8:42 Jesus, then, said to them, “If God were your Father, you would have loved Me. For out of God I came forth and am arriving. For neither have I come of Myself, but He commissions Me.

1C 11:12 For even as the woman is out of the man, thus the man also is through the woman, yet all is out of God.

2C 5:18 Yet all is out of God, Who conciliates us to Himself through Christ

The Logos, the Christ of God, created everything by the power of His God and Father. He relinquished that power when becoming the incarnate only-begotten Son of God, becoming the Head of a new race, the new humanity created in His image.

Phl 2:6-11 (Jesus Christ) Who, being inherently in the form of God, deems it not pillaging to be equal with God,
nevertheless empties Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming to be in the likeness of humanity,
and, being found in fashion as a human, He humbles Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore, also, God highly exalts Him, and graces Him with the name that is above every name,
that in the name of Jesus every knee should be bowing, celestial and terrestrial and subterranean,
and every tongue should be acclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord, for the glory of God, the Father.

4 posted on 12/08/2017 6:15:03 PM PST by 5cents (fivesense)
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To: 5cents

What was the nature of the Logos before the Incarnation?

5 posted on 12/08/2017 10:46:15 PM PST by redleghunter (Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation)
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To: redleghunter

Creation was not a thing apart from Christ. It had its origin in Christ. He is the beginning of Creation.

In John 1:1, John tells us that the God with Whom the Fathers and his people were acquainted through the Hebrew scriptures was the Logos or Word. God Himself is invisible. Adam did not see Him. Moses did not speak to Him. They saw and spoke to the Logos. So that the God of the Hebrews to whom John wrote was the Logos. Hence he says, not that “the Word was God,” but that “God (of your Scriptures) was the Word.”

It is not “God was the word” In the Original Writings, it is
en pros ton theon (the Logos)was toward the God John 1:1

G4314 pros a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. toward

What do the Holy Writings say about the Logos and the Son’s preexistence? All was in Him before creation, everything has its origin in the Alpha and Omega. He is the Firstborn of all creation, exalted above all in the celestial realm. Without Him was not anything made that was made. He was toward God in the beginning and the Way while on earth, pointing evermore towards the Father whose will He made His own.

6 posted on 12/09/2017 9:01:33 AM PST by 5cents (fivesense)
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To: 5cents

What then is the Being of the Logos?

7 posted on 12/09/2017 5:43:14 PM PST by redleghunter (Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation)
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Col 1:15 (Jesus Christ) Who is the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature,

Who do the Scriptures say He is? The above is plain to read and understand.

For in Him is all created, that in the heavens and that on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or sovereignties, or authorities, all is created through Him and for Him,

What is His being like? What type of being can do the things above unless equal in creative ability to the One God out of whom the Christ, the Logos, came from?

And He is before all, and all has its cohesion in Him.

Re 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Origin and the Consummation.

In order to be firstborn of all creation means preceding everything else while also being created. The Logos is God’s expression, His Image, His Word. Powerful, equal in creative strength and glory, yet not the One True God whom Jesus worshiped and served.

The glories of the Logos are many and recorded in the Scriptures. His might and power are explained. His kenosis is revealed by Paul. He is the man, Christ Jesus, our Lord and our God. Whoever has seen Him has seen the Father.

8 posted on 12/09/2017 9:43:11 PM PST by 5cents (fivesense)
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