The names of Jesus in The Book of Revelation – Part 24
Jesus is the God Who created us and sustains us.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Col 1:15,16,17,18) 1:15, 16 This is one of the strongest statements about the divine nature of Christ found anywhere in the Bible. Jesus is not only equal to God (Philippians 2:6), He is God (John 10:30, 38; 12:45; 14:1-11); as the image of the invisible God, He is the exact representation of God. He not only reflects God, but He reveals God to us (John 1:18; 14:9); as the firstborn over all Creation, He has all the priority and authority of the firstborn prince in a king’s household. He came from heaven, not from the dust of the earth (1 Corinthians 15:47), and He is Lord of all (Romans 9:5; 10:11-13; Revelation 1:5; 17:14). He is completely holy (Hebrew 7:26-28; 1 Peter 1:19; 2:22; 1 John 3:5), and he has authority to judge the world (Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 4:1).
Therefore, Christ is supreme over all creation, including the spirit world. We, like the Colossian believers, must believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (that Jesus is God) or our Christian faith is hollow, misdirected, and meaningless. This is a central truth of Christianity. We must oppose those who say that Jesus was merely a prophet or a good teacher.
“By him were all things created” (v16). Paul affirms the creative activity of Christ. (1) All things, both material and spiritual, owe their existence to Christ’s work as the active agent in creation (John 1:3; Heb 1:2). (2) All things hold together and are sustained in Him Christ is not only the Creator (vv16, 17) of the world, but He is also its Sustainer. In Him, everything is held together, protected, and prevented from disintegrating into chaos. Because Christ is the Sustainer of all life, none of us is independent from Him. We are all His servants who must daily trust Him for protecting us, caring for us, and sustaining us.
• The more we know Christ our ‘Creator’, the more we are being changed into His image.
“And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.” (Col 3:10)
Every Christian is in a continuing education programme. The more we know of Christ (the Creator) and His work, the more we are being changed to be like Him. Because this process is lifelong, we must never stop learning and obeying. There is no justification for drifting along, but there is an incentive to find the rich treasures of growing in Him. It takes practice, ongoing review, patience, and concentration to keep in line with His will.
• Jesus, our Creator, can see us through the trials we face
“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” (1 Pet 4:19)
God (through Jesus) created the world, and He has faithfully ordered it and kept it since the creation.
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