COLOSSIANS - Christ in you, the hope of glory!
Studies in the Letter of Paul to the Colossians
Part 1 - The Foundations of Christian Faith (Colossians 1:1-29)
5. Christ, the Image of His Father and the Creator of the Universe (Colossians 1:15-17)
Christ – the Creator
Paul recognized in his tedious and wearying prison confinement a mystery of the creation, that is, that God had created the universe through His beloved Son. Since Christ had inherited omniscience, omnipotence and all wisdom from His heavenly Father, and since He possessed His eternal life, He was able to create all things in their incredible variety. Whether this happened in development stages and brought about singular creations is not decisive, since the Lord controls, until today, the universe and all existence. He did not say in vain: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matt. 10:30). Billions of sun systems and great masses of planetary nebula arise from His creative power and wisdom and function under His control better than we can ever imagine. His Spirit and the Spirit of the Father penetrate all existence in complete harmony. The beauty of a rose and its fragrance or the silent growth of a tulip desire to point us to the splendour, wisdom and glory of our Creator. When do we thank and worship our Creator for our existence?
The Apostle John recognized, in like fashion, the mystery of the creation some years later and went on to confess that Christ is “the Word of God” in person. Through Him the Father created the universe. John wrote: “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 nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4). “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Both apostles, Paul and John, testify under the leading of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is not only Redeemer, Lord and Judge, but also Creator and Maintainer. This might seem strange to us in the age of rationalism, enlightenment and natural scientific study, but the Spirit of the Father compels us to give His Son all honour, even when it goes against the logic of man.
Prayer: Father, You are our Creator. You created us through Jesus Christ, “Your Word”, so that we might reflect Your likeness. The immense variety and fullness of the mystery of Your creation compel us to worship You and Your Son, who created the universe for Your Honour and glory. Amen.
Question 22: What do we understand of the testimony of the Bible when it says that Christ created the world in harmony with His Father?