In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. (Genesis 1:1-2 ESV)
Too many Christians like to go to church on Sunday and then go home. We let our pastors do the preaching and evangelizing. But you don’t need a theological degree to share God’s Word. In fact, we are told it is our duty to spread the Good News to all the world. The past Monday a plumber let me see something I had missed.
We had a new kitchen faucet installed. My back will let me know if I try to wriggle under a kitchen sink, so I let the professionals do that type of work. Anyways, he had finished the work and I was writing out the check he noticed the fish logo on the check and asked if I was Christian. I responded yes, and he asked me who created the world. My answer was God and Jesus. To which he responded correct and that most people say God.
Now that answer isn’t incorrect as we see in the Genesis account. But it is incomplete as we can see when we turn to the New Testament. When I added Jesus to my answer, I was thinking of John chapter 1:1-3, 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 were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John tells us that It was the Son personality of the Triune God who created the World and everything else.
What John the plumber brought to my attention is that the Gospel of John is not the only place in the New Testament that we are told that Jesus created everything. We are told again in Hebrews that Jesus created. Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but bin 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. 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. (Hebrews 1:1-3) The writer of Hebrews also tells us that Jesus not only created the world but upholds the universe.
The Paul tells us in Colossians and Ephesians that Jesus created the world.
Colossians 1:15-17, He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Ephesians 3:9 reads in the ESV translation “and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,” However if we look at the King James translation it reads, “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: “
Just a quick aside here. As those who have read my posts know, it is rare that I use multiple translations in a single post. The phrase “things by Jesus Christ” was possibly added in a late manuscript in order to harmonize this verse in Ephesians with what Paul wrote in Colossians and what was written in John’s Gospel and Hebrews. Our plumber used the KJV when he showed me these verses and told me to use the KJV when looking them up. As you can see the modern translations and the KJV do not differ in any significate way. What the modern translators have that the King James translators is more and older manuscripts to use. As to which is the better translation, well that is for a future post.
Back to the subject of this post. The New Testament makes it clear that is was through the Son that God created the universe and all that is in it. Why is this important? I think that it furthers ties Jesus to us. He created the universe and then H stepped into the world with us in order to give each of us the gift of salvation. Jesus was there in the beginning, He is here in the here and now and He will be there in the end of days.
Two other takeaways from what we have learned today. First, if God’s Word tells us something it is important but if He tells us the same thing multiple times, we need to realize it is very important.
Second, God told us through Moses, almost 4,000 years ago, that the universe had a beginning. Science finally caught up with God on May 20, 1964 when radio astronomers Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias discovered the cosmic microwave background radiation which was the first scientific proof that the universe had a beginning. Some scientists have been desperately trying to find a way around this discovery. Because if the universe had a beginning then it had to have a cause and they are not comfortable with who that cause was.
Have a blessed day,
All Bible verses are from the English Standard Version except where noted.