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15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For 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. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. —Colossians 1:15-18
As the Word described in John 1:1-5, Jesus Christ is eternal. He has always existed. Very God of very God is how the Nicene Creed describes Him. He always will exist. He stands outside space and time. He is God! When the beginning happened, He already was. He is eternal: no beginning and no end.
We can’t ever claim the no-beginning thing. You and I did start at a point in time. But Jesus Christ invites us into His experience of no end. And no writer of Scripture talks more about eternal life than John does.
Jesus doesn’t just exist as an eternal observer; He had a hand in Creation. Both Colossians 1:15-18 and John 1:3 agree, “All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” The “all” is actually pretty inclusive—not like “most” or “some”—this means everything that needed to be made was made by Him.
Some of you reading may think, I don’t believe that. Let me give you the two basic, big philosophical options:
1) Something made everything.
2) Nothing made everything.
Those are your choices. And I would say they are both hard to believe. I don’t know what you’re choosing, but I’ve gone for Something, or really Someone, who I can’t fully comprehend. Eternal? I don’t even understand that! Someone who stands outside of my senses made everything.
Frankly, the other option only appeals to people who simply don’t want to believe in God. Their choice is, Nothing made everything! No force. No active, thinking, designing will. No original. It was spontaneous, from scratch—no smuggling in primordial soup, gases, sparks, matter—all that is “stuff” and we’re going for nothing. Space, time, and planets appear with no source or explanation. Nothing!
Option two takes way more faith. I’m on the Someone-I-can’t-understand-made-it-all team. John’s gospel tells us the Someone is Jesus Christ. Colossians 1 makes the same case.
It gets real personal when I realize this Someone who made everything also made me. Don’t you think the One who created you has certain legitimate claims on your life? The Gospel tells us just how far Jesus went to establish those claims as our Lord and Savior.
Heavenly Father, Your Word tells me I am among the things created by Your Son and for Him. Thank You as always for the added note in Colossians 1:20 that You always intended “through him to reconcile to himself all things.” I am glad to say I count myself among the “all things” You have reconciled to Yourself through Your Son. I am eternally grateful for that undeserved and gracious gift. Though I am not eternal, You have given me eternal hope.
In Jesus’ name,
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