Jesus, the creator of the universe

If one is new to the thought of 'Jesus as creator', one could say in reply: ‘I thought that God created everything, not Jesus?' like Genesis 1 vs 1 states, where it clearly says: 'in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth'. Yes, of course. God did, like the Bible says. How should one understand then that Jesus would be the creator?, one might ask. Does that not exclude God or contradict what I just said? No, Let me explain.

In Genesis 1, it says in Hebrew ‘bereshiet (in the beginning) bara (he created) elohim (Gods)’. Elohim is plural, meaning Gods, but ‘bara’ is singular (he created), showing it should be translated with ‘God created’ (and not Gods created). Some explain the plural form of 'elohim' as being used in such a way as the Queen of England would use for example by saying something like: ‘we are not amused’, in other words ‘the crown’ is not amused, referring to herself, queen Elisabeth, as a singular royal person, by using the plural form. So, it could be a sort of authority/royal plural form then, one argues. I think this is not the case here, because there is much more to it. I think why the plural form is used, has to do with the three-in-one persons of God, namely the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is God in three persons; that's why the plural form is used. The Bible itself namely shines more light on it, by clearly showing, for a start, that the plural is no coincidence, for example when it says, in Genesis 1: 26 ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’. Also in Genesis 3:22, where it says, Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us. And Genesis 11:7: ‘"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language. Isaiah 6: 8 says : ‘Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" John 14: 23: ‘Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.’ Moreover John 1 says, referring to Genesis 1: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God’, clearly indicating multiple persons as well. And 1 John 5: 7 makes it abundantly clear and says it explicitly, by saying, quote: "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." So God who created the heavens and earth was a multiple person God, a three-in-one, as the NT clearly shows us that (I won’t go into that subject of the Trinity here any further), but we can assume that the Bible speaks in the multiple form because of the Trinity. So, when the Bible says that Jesus created everything, that does not mean that the other persons of the Trinity are excluded and did nothing. By no means. The Bible cannot lie. All the persons in the Trinity had their part, so to say. How can one be so sure that Jesus, as ‘the Son’ of the person God-Trinity (although, of course, not in the body/flesh of Jesus), was indeed the creator? That can only be because the Bible clearly says so and there can just be no other conclusion for it. And indeed, the New Testament says it as follows, on several places, which makes it totally clear:

– John 1: 1-5 says: ‘All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being’. John writes this about the Word, and later on, in John 1:14, it becomes very clear that this Word is Jesus (the Word became flesh and dwelt among us). And in John 1:9-10, vs. 10: ‘He was in the world, and the world was made by/through Him’.
- Ephesians 3: 9: It should not be left unnoticed that the KJV and the NKJV and probably all translations which are based on the Textus Receptus make it totally clear here: 'And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ'
One has to be very sure, as translator, that this was not in the original Greek Scripture and that this does not belong there (and so was added later by, for instance, Erasmus or others) to cut that part out (most other translations don't write 'by Jesus Christ'). It is essential! Even without it we can know it, but still. This is the part where it says it most clearly of all Bible verses. So, it is very remarkable that it is left out. And, even though I'm not a 'King-James-only' guy, I want to see/read a justification in my Bible (for example the NASB) why such an important part was left out. Now I cannot find that anywhere. I don't like that at all.
– Hebrews 1: 2 says: ‘... in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. The Son is Jesus, there is no doubt about that. So Jesus, not in His human bodily form of course (He had not put on 'flesh' yet), but as the same(!) person God as part of the Trinity, created everything. That’s what it says. I read some debate about use of the Greek words where ‘upo’ would mean ‘by’ and ‘dia’, which is what is used here, would mean ‘by means of’. Apart from the fact that such a clear separation is not so apparent in Greek, and certainly not in this case, it still can mean no other thing than that the Son, Jesus, created everything. ‘By means of’, when speaking about the Son can only mean that the Son did it. He, Jesus, was the creator of everything, of the universe.
– 1 Corinthians 8: 6 says: ‘yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
– Colossians 1: 13-20: (13) His dear Son... vs. 15. ‘Who (referring to the Son) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him (the Son) 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. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together/by Him all things consist.’
– Hebrews 1: 10 ‘And, You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands;’ This is said of the Son as well.
– Hebrews 2: 10: ‘For it was fitting to Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.’ This is said about Jesus.
– Revelation 3: 14 ‘The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish you were cold or hot.” This is clearly also speaking about Jesus.

So, when from the total picture of what the Bible says, it indeed becomes totally clear that Jesus, the Son, the Word, is in fact the creator of the universe. Are the Father and the Spirit excluded? No, the Father is by no means excluded and neither is the Holy Spirit. Think about Genesis 1, where it says : ‘and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the darkness’. One could say that the Father made the plans (from who) and that the Son carried it out (by whom). Together they all 3 created, and therefore God created, together as Trinity, but one God, the three in one. And the Bible also shows different roles (in ‘from’ and ‘by’). It would be very good to realize that thorougly and let that sink in. Jesus, who was the creator himself, actively and personally came into his own creation, became man, and rescued us from eternal death and made a new and eternal life possible for who soever believes in Him. Believing in Jesus means believing that He, Jesus, is the creator and that He Himself created everything and came into our world and proved himself to us, exactly the way God told us in His word. He was in the world and the world was made by Him; Jesus.

Now, a lot of people say, nowadays, "if God is love, why is there so much misery in the world then and why doesn't He do anything? Why doesn't He act?" He did. And how! Jesus, the creator himself, came into our world. Did all kind of miracles to prove He's God. He attoned for our sins and paid the ultimate price, with His suffering and dying, for us, on the cross. All our sins and judgement was put on Him, so we can go free. We can't judge our selves by our own moral standards, because eventually we are judged by God's perfect moral standards. God is totally holy and sin cannot exist at all with Him. Without Jesus' sacrifice, we're lost. He supplied a way out for our salvation and it is a free gift of His grace. So, the question is: "What did you do with His sacrifice?". You can't hold God accountable and pass on God's solution for you. There's only one way provided by which we can be saved: Jesus.

Accept Jesus, today, as your Lord and King. Repent of your sins and trust in Him, who gave up everything to save you. With Him and in Him, in His death, in His burial and in His resurrection, you'll receive new life; your old self will die and you'll rise again with him in new life and be born again through the Spirit. And from that moment on, you'll have life for ever lasting. Give yourself to Him today. Don't wait. Do it now! Your life is at stake!

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