“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.”
Jesus Is Creator
In the study of God’s attributes it is important to remember that God’s attributes do not define God but God defines attributes. The attributes of God define His nature. Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15). These devotionals on God’s attributes will be entitled “Jesus Is”. Simply put, Jesus Is. “He Is” God Almighty, the Supreme Being and the Preeminent One whom all things have been created through and for. Our Father defines Himself through our Lord Jesus Christ and we will define God in this way. Jesus is Creator.
The very first thing that God teaches us about Himself is that He is the Creator of everything. Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is important to remember when speaking with others about evolution or the big bang. Even if there was a big bang it had to have been started by something. “Nothing” cannot create. If “nothing” could create it would have to be something. Material cannot create itself. Everything must have an origin or a beginning and that beginning is God. God created two things; the material things that we can see and feel and all spiritual things we cannot see. Not only does God create but He takes care of His creation by continuously sustaining it.
The material list of things that God creates include the heavens and the earth, water, light, dry land, plants, fruit trees, outer space, the sun, the moon, the stars, living creatures, and human beings. Jesus displayed His ability to create by making food enough to feed 5,000 men out of a few loafs of bread and a few fish. He made fish and chips out of thin air (Matthew 14:13-21). Imagine this, you are standing by Jesus and there is nothing for food in sight for miles or between the two of you. He asks you if you are hungry. You say, “Yes but where will we go?” He then whips out a fish sandwich. That’s one of the ways Jesus showed that He is the Creator.
God also creates all things spiritual. Colossians 1:16 says Jesus created, “thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities”. One of the reasons the book of Colossians was written was to defend against the heresy that Jesus was a created being. Created beings cannot create like God creates. All we can do is take what God created and put it together in different ways. Paul wanted to stress that Jesus created all angelic governments in order to show that Jesus isn’t equal with them but has authority over them.
Along with angels He also creates the souls of human beings. He breathed life into Adam and showed His life giving ability when He raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11. In John 2:19 He refers to His body as a temple and speaks of how He was going to raise His body from the dead after His crucifixion. The Lord’s resurrection and ascension is the catalyst in which Jesus creates spiritual life in fallen human beings.
Ezekial 36:26 reads, “”Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 2 Corinthian 5:17 also says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” The term creature refers to creation. A thing must be created in order to be considered new. God does that by turning our direction from living a life for our self to living for and loving Him. A new direction as a new creation! God’s new creation!
God creates all things. He creates both the physical and the spiritual. Not only does He create but we rely on Him to continually sustain His creation. How does God create and sustain? Next week we will explore how God creates. Jesus is Creator. Let’s look to His creation as a means to love and honor Him, the Creator. May His creative nature encourage you to love Him more!