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The names of Jesus in the book of Revelation – Part 23


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

“You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.” (Ps 104:30)
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” (Ps 33:6)
“For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Ps 33:9)

“For this they wilfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water” (2 Pet 3:5).The method God used in creation was the power of His word. (Gen 1:3-4, 6-7,9. The word of God also has the power to sustain creation (Heb 1:3; see also Ps 147:15-18). Like the creative word, this word is related to Jesus Christ, for Paul insists that “by Him (Jesus) all things consist (hold together)” Col 1:17). Jesus is the living Word of God; the Bible—the Scriptures is the written Word
The Activity of God in Creation.” (1) God created all things in “the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1; cf. Is 40:28; 42:5; 45:18; Mark 13:19; Eph 3:9; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2; Rev 10:6). The word “created” (Heb bará) is used exclusively of an activity that only God can do. It means that at a specific moment God called into existence matter and substance that had no prior existence (see Gen 1:3).

(2) The Bible describes God’s creation as without form, void and covered in darkness (Gen 1:2). At that time, the universe and the world did not have the ordered form it has now. It was empty of all living creatures and void of all light. After this initial stage, God created light to dispel the darkness (Gen 1:3-5) gave form to the universe (Gen 1:6-13) and filled the earth with living things (Gen 1:20-28).


(3) The method God used in creation was the power of His word. Over and over it is stated “And God said …” (Gen 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26). In other words, God spoke the heavens and the earth into being; before God’s creative word went forth, they had no prior existence (cf. Ps 33:6,9; 148:5; Is 48:13; Rom 4:17; Heb 11:3).

(4) The entire Trinity, not just the Father, had a role in creation. (a) The Son Himself is the powerful Word through whom God created all things. In the prologue to John’s Gospel, Christ is revealed as the eternal Word of God (John 1:1). “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3). Likewise, the apostle Paul affirms that by Christ “were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible… all things were created by him, and for him” (Col 1:16). Finally, the author of the letter to the Hebrews asserts emphatically that by His Son, God “made the worlds” (Heb 1:2).

(b) Likewise, the Holy Spirit had an active role in the work of creation. He is pictured as “moving” (Gen 1:2) over the creation, preserving and preparing for God’s further creative activity. The Hebrew word for “Spirit (ruah) may also translated as “wind” and “breath.” Thus, the psalmist affirms the role of the Spirit when he states: “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; And all the host of them by the breath [ruah] of his mouth” (Ps 33:6). Also, the Holy Spirit continues to be involved in sustaining creation (Job 33:4; Ps 104:30).
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