This is the first of 4 teaching sessions at Port Macquarie, Australia, which focussed on the Person of Jesus as The Creator of the universe, as the Saviour of the world, as the Lord of the Universe and as the ultimate Judge of all the earth. People need to know just who this Jesus is so that they can make informed decisions about His claim on their lives.
The talks can be heard on You Tube as audio addresses under “Jim Holbeck”. The link for the first talk can be clicked on here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GYb8fv2otc
Below is the brief outline handed out to participants at the seminar and provide the framework for the talk. It would be possible for Bible Study or Home Groups of any size to listen to the audio presentation whilst having before them a downloaded copy of the material which follows. I trust the four talks may be helpful for individuals as well.
SESSION 1. JESUS THE CREATOR
TO RECOGNISE ABOUT CREATION
No human was there to observe it
Our knowledge comes by revelation not by human investigation.
The Bible contains God’s revelation of as to the how and why of creation.
Why we should think about Jesus as the Creator of the world?
1). Because He IS THE CREATOR.
2). Because many do not acknowledge Him as such.
3). Because we all owe our origin to Him.
4). Because we are offered the privilege of being used in His purposes
5). Because we are accountable to Him for how we live
1). WHAT JESUS SAID OF HIMSELF
Jn 8:58. “Before Abraham was, I am.” (The significance of the “I am.”)
Jn 17:5. “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (He pre-existed before creation).
The “I AM’s” of Jesus. (The meaning and application of the metaphors by Jesus.)
Jn 6:35, … Bread of life .. never hunger, never thirst
Jn 8:12, … light of the world … have the light of life
Jn 10:7, …door of the sheep … life to the full.
Jn 11:25, … the resurrection and the life … will live.. never die
2). WHAT JOHN THE APOSTLE SAID OF JESUS
Jn 1:1-3. “… 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (He was creator of all things.)
Jn 1:10-11. “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” (The Creator came to His own creation and His own people rejected their Creator.)
3). WHAT ST PAUL WROTE OF JESUS
1 Cor 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (Jesus was the agent of creation.)
Col 1:15. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (All things owe their origin to Him. and they are ‘for” Him. )
4). THE WRITER TO THE HEBREWS WROTE OF JESUS
Heb 1:1-3. Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Jesus is the Creator and the Sustainer of the universe He came to redeem).
5). WHAT JESUS AS CREATOR MEANS FOR US
Everything that exists was created by Jesus
Every person ever born owes their origin to Him.
Creation was made by Him, through Him and for Him
Creation is His. It exists for His purposes
All people are His by right of creation
All people should humble themselves before Him as their Creator
6). JESUS HAS BEGUN A NEW CREATION ON EARTH
2Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Gal 6:15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
It consists of those who believe in Him
They are united to Him by faith
THE CHALLENGE TO US TODAY
THE GIVEN OF CREATION
We are created by Jesus for Himself
We should submit to Him in everything
THE OPPORTUNITY WE ARE GIVEN
To become “new creatures” in Christ as we live as His creatures in His creation. It is our choice to enter “into Christ” by putting our faith in Him or to refuse His offer
The choice is choosing for or against the Creator
Blog No.161. Jim Holbeck. Posted on Friday 6th November 2015