[This is the first of 4 topics, the others being, Jesus the Saviour, Jesus the The Lord and Jesus the Judge.]
This is suitable for personal reading or for using as a study in a Bible Study group. It has the teaching, followed by some suggested Questions to be answered. Finally at the end there is a link to a YouTube http://only recording of the talk which is helpful listen to as you read the text of the blog.
WHAT WE NEED TO RECOGNISE ABOUT CREATION
l No human was there to observe it
l Our knowledge of the origins of the earth must come by revelation and not by human investigation.
l The Bible contains God’s revelation of as to how and why the universe was created.
Why we should think about Jesus as the Creator of the world
1). Because He IS THE CREATOR. God told us so, in His word.
2). Because many do not acknowledge Him as such. They need to!
3). Because we all owe our origin to Him. Creatures must recognise and respect their Creator!
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”
Jn 17:5. “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”
Some of the “I AM’s” of Jesus.
Jn 6:35, “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Jn 8:12, When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jn 10:7-10, Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Jn 11:25-26, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
2). WHAT JOHN THE APOSTLE SAID OF JESUS
Jn 1:1-3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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.”
3). WHAT ST PAUL WROTE OF JESUS. Creator and Sustainer
l 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.
l 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.
4). WHAT THE WRITER TO THE HEBREWS WROTE OF JESUS. Creator & Sustainer
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
5). WHAT JESUS AS CREATOR MEANS FOR US
l Everything that exists was created by Jesus
l Every person ever born owes their origin to Him.
l Creation was made by Him, through Him and for Him
l Creation is His. It exists for His purposes
l All people are His by right of creation [and redemption].
l 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.
l It consists of those who believe in Him
l They are united to Him by faith and are becoming more like Him. 2Co 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
THE CHALLENGE TO US TODAY
THE GIVEN OF CREATION
We are created by Jesus for Himself
We should submit to Him in everything. [He is Lord and Master]
THE OPPORTUNITY WE ARE GIVEN
To become more and more “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 ours as creatures, choosing for or against our Creator
SUGGESTED QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1). Does it really matter whether we see Jesus Christ as the Creator of all things? Give some reasons for your answer.
2). As you look at John 8:58 and John 17:5 under section 1, would you say it was certain that Jesus claimed to exist before creation? If so, why do many people today fail to acknowledge what He clearly claimed about His pre-existence?
3). If Jesus is the Creator of all things, what difference should that make in our attitude to Him today? How could we more openly live out the implications of that truth today?
4). Which verses in Section 3 could be used to support the words of the hymn, “He’s got the whole world in His hands?” What sort of comfort can the verses in Section 3 bring us. Why?
5). What do you think is meant by the phrase “a new creation?” How does one become a “new creation” or “new creature” in Christ? [Section 6]
6). In section 4, what titles could be given to Jesus as you look at those verses in Hebrews 1:1-3? [For example “Creator” would be one of them.] How many others can you find and what should they mean to you?
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Blog No.383 posted on http://www.jimholbeck.blog on Tuesday 12 October 2021.