“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16 NASB)
Today’s verse is of particular interest to me. I live and breathe this subject at work every day. And I love it! The Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator. The One who breathed the universe into existence is the same One who loved me by both creating me and laying down His life to save me from the just penalty I earned because of my hatred and rebellion against Him.
This verse also reminds me of my pastor’s description of the grand theme of the Bible:
God is redeeming a people by His Son, for His Son, to His own glory.
Everything in all creation is by, about, and for Him.
“…that One who was ‘before all things’ became also ‘the firstborn from the dead.’ Only the Creator could redeem His lost creation, cursed and dying because of sin, by Himself taking the Curse and dying for sin. God, however, cannot die (in the sense of ceasing to exist), for He is Life itself. His mortal body could sleep in the grave, and His holy Spirit suffer the anguish of hell, but it was inevitable that He must conquer sin and death. The omnipotent Creator cannot possibly fail in His purpose in creation. In all things, He must have the preeminence, for it is only by Him that things exist at all!
Therefore, as Creation is the foundation of all true science, so the Resurrection is the centrality of all true history. All real facts of science support the primeval Creation, and the best-proved fact of history is the Resurrection. As the great Apostle preached long ago in the very center of all human wisdom and culture, in Athens, ‘God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth . . . hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead’ (Acts 17:24,31).”
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17 NASB)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:1-5 NASB)
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 NASB)
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NASB)
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 NASB)
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