THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 1-30-05
LESSON TITLE: "WHO IS JESUS? : JESUS IS THE CREATOR"
Isn't it great to know God and to have the privilege of gathering together and praising His name on this wondrous Lord's Day? Thanks for joining us on this special day. We are so happy to have you this morning for this time of offering to God. How blessed we are in this country to have the freedom to assemble this day and to give this time to our Creator. It is my hope and prayer that we will each do our part to make this time of worship acceptable in God's sight and according to His Will!
Now as we begin to focus our thoughts on God, will you bow with me before His throne in prayer.
As always, it is our privilege on this program to praise God together in song! So let me encourage you to join in with the congregation at this time as we lift our voices up in the first song of the morning. The name of the hymn, "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be!"
(SONG # 1)
There are many beautiful passages in God's Word, and many are especially good at giving us encouragement and strength. Some which really help me when I am feeling down are those which remind me that God is always with His followers.
In Leviticus 26:12, Moses told the Israelites what God had promised them. One part of this admonition proclaims, "I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people." Wow, what a blessing this is - for God to be among His followers so that they are never alone.
In the New Testament, we also find this same terminology. Once such verse is found in Matthew 18:20, where Jesus Himself said, "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." Yes our God had promised to be with those who follow and obey His Will. In fact, He is with us every step of the way to help us in every facet of life.
A final verse I would like to mention is found in Hebrews 13:5. Here we find the inspired writer of God quoting from a promise of God given to His people, through His servant Moses. However, by reconfirming it here, the writer is reminding us that this is a promise to all of God's faithful followers of all ages and time. There we read, "...For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." thanks be to God for His love, care, protection and guidance. Furthermore, thank God that as His beloved children, He will never leave us or forsake us. How wonderful it is to always have God by our side. Are you living in such a way that God is able to be by your side? If not, get your life right today, repent and obey the precious truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our study of the morning will again focus on the question, "Who Is Jesus" As far as the specific message of the day, we will consider the teaching of, "Jesus Is The Creator." So please stay with us and after our next song, I will be leading us in this study from God's Word. Now let's join together in our second song of the day. The name of this hymn, "More About Jesus."
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Ray Sullins
Several weeks ago, we began a study together and were able to begin looking at "Who is Jesus?" It's really helping us to understand who this Christ is. In fact, as we began our study together, we saw that in John chapter 1, in this beautiful and precious gospel account that probably better than any other Jesus is really identified to us especially in the first chapter as one who really encompasses so many different characteristics, so many different facets. In fact, there are probably ten or more descriptive terms and ideas in which Jesus there is presented to us as such a precious and wondrous being.
If you'll remember there with me in verse 1 of that book, it says, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." We find here that two ideas are actually presented that first of all not only was in the beginning God present, as we find the parallel in Genesis chapter 1 and verse 1 but also the reality that with God was this Word. And as we looked at together there the first Sunday together which was several weeks ago, "this Word became flesh," in verse 14, "and dwelt among men." So who else could the Word be than Jesus Christ Himself? But then the Word is as well clarified as "the Word was God." And again it is this same Word who not only was God, but in verse 2 it is said, "He was in the beginning with God." So in the beginning, we know that's when all was made by God Himself, God Almighty. Before that, there was nothing but God, was God and this Word which was Jesus who was with God and was God, and who was in the beginning with God. So here John helps us clearly to understand the concept of not only the reality that Jesus became flesh and left the heavenly home as God, but that He Himself is God, and is clearly not only with the Father God, but He Himself a part of the Godhead. In fact, "Jesus being that part which really brings about the fullness of the Godhead," Colossians chapter 2 and verse 9, "hat is demonstrated bodily." In other words, that part of God that was willing to leave His domain there in Heaven, it's wonders, it's glory, it's form, and became a mere man in order that we might have a chance of eternal life.
But as we look today, our specific focus is on not only the fact that Jesus was the Word, that Jesus was with God and He was God, but that He was also the Creator. There's no doubt that if I were to ask most in the world, even many of different religions, who is the Creator? God would be the general answer. But if I were to ask you who specifically created? How many would actually know who carried out the commands as God desired? Well as we look there together in different places such again as Genesis chapter 1 and verse 1, "In the beginning God..." Who created? It says that God was in the beginning and He created what? All the heavens and all the earth. Chapter 1 as well as chapter 2 goes on to clarify all the many wondrous things that God made and that God created. Well there as we'll look also in verses like Psalm 19, David said that it was the heavens that declared the glory of God. It was the firmament that showed forth His very handiwork. God is the Creator, no doubt about it. The Bible confirms to us that there is none other but God Himself who was in the beginning and who was mighty enough to create, and to bring about all that which we know of, that we see and that we're able to enjoy today as we live in this life.
But I want you to notice in verse 2 with me a clarification that begins to come from this God in a plural sense, the word there that is being used. It says, "The earth was without form and void and that darkness was on the face of the deep and the Spirit of God..." In the very second verse of the Bible, not only are we introduced to God, but a part of God. Not only did God in the beginning create, but here the Spirit of God. Now you and I can move on to other places and we certainly then begin to find the Father God concept, the Son God concept, the ideas in John 3:16 that God the Father so loved the world that He gave what? His only begotten Son, the Son being God and there the Spirit as well being identified throughout the book of John and other places as it was the Holy Spirit that was sent to accomplish and to achieve such wondrous gifts and such wondrous blessings as knowledge and even miraculous things.
But not only here is it mentioned, but it goes on there in the same chapter down around verse 26 where it says, "Let us, God..." as He is recorded by Moses, the inspired writer of God, "... let us (do what?) make man in our own image, in our own likeness."
Not only there but we can even move over to places such as Genesis chapter 3 where again it again talks about the punishment that man was given after his wickedness in the Garden of Eden in eating of the forbidden fruit. In verse 22, the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us." Notice here that God Himself identifies Himself in a plural form, although being one God, that there are several characteristics that identify this singular God.
Now we bring this out again as was well clarified last week in understanding that Jesus is God. But we bring it out once again to reiterate it because here we begin focusing on Jesus being the Creator. We begin focusing on the one who actually carried out the handiwork so to speak of that which God desired to be done. In other words, God determined and then how did God carry it out? You see the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. He was making determinations and let us in our... But now we see what was it that He actually did as far as carrying out and seeing that His Will was achieved? Which person was this accomplished through?
Now go back again to John chapter 1 with me in our main text and we'll find there that it clarifies beyond a shadow of a doubt who it was that not only was in the beginning, not only the one who was with God, not only the one who was God, but verse 3 of John chapter 1 tells us, "And all things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made." Wow! How much clearer could that be? In fact, it says that all things with the word "all" what's left out? Nothing. All things were made through who? The Word, Jesus. All things were made and nothing, he then turns it around, and nothing was made that was made without who? The Word, or Jesus, the one that became flesh, God in the flesh, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So here we begin seeing clearly the form of the Son Jesus being the person of the Godhead, of the Father, the Son and the Spirit. Jesus is the person who carried out the Will of God that the world would be created.
It's not only there that John indicates and clarifies that point for us. I want you to turn over to the Colossian letter which Paul wrote to the church at Colossi and we'll find together in chapter 1 of Colossians that again this Jesus is clarified as being the Creator. Begin with me if you will in verse 15 of chapter 1. It says, "He is (that is Jesus) the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Jesus is the express image of God." Verse 16 continues, "For by Him all things were created that are in the heavens and that are on the earth visible and invisible whether thrones or dominions or principalities or power. All things were created through Him and for Him." It clearly states here that not only was Jesus the Creator but that all things in heaven or on earth that were made were only made because of Him. Whether you're talking about powers of principalities, whether you're talking about anything that was ever made, any being, anything that God made for His purpose could only be made by Him because there is none other that is eternal other than God. There is none other that had no beginning other than God and here it is God the Son who carries out the Will of God, the us, the our, in the way that really they had determined that they would make the worlds as we read in Genesis chapter 1 and verse 1, that they would make man and all that the world has then to offer. So yes here, it is this Jesus who now gave His blood, who came to the earth and became the image of that invisible God, who made all those things visible and invisible and the one now who then has been placed over all things, in which all things in verse 17 it says that even exist. Without Him, it would not have been made. He was the Creator and therefore that is why in verse 18 He has the preeminence, the reason He is over all things, the reason that He is the very one that He shall leave and guide and show us all things that have been revealed through the Word. Again, it is that Jesus who is God.
The Hebrew letter as well helps us very clearly to understand as the writer there in the first few verses not only identifies again God and the way that God has worked throughout the ages, He states there in Hebrews chapter 1 and verse 1 that "God who at various times and in various ways has spoken in times past through the fathers, by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son whom He has appointed heir of all things through whom also He made the world." Here we find not only that God the Father has spoken to men of all ages in different ways, but now the same Father has appointed who? The Son to come and to do what He has done, to shed His blood, but He is the very Son as well that in the beginning, verse 2 says, "He used to make all the world through." Through Jesus this was done and therefore, he goes on to say that "He is thus the brightness of His glory," verse 3, "the express image of His person," verse 3 again, "upholding all things by the Word of His power when He had by Himself purged our sins and sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high." Where is Jesus? At the right hand of the Father. What other place for Him because He is God? He is God and thus only rightfully so is at the right hand and you can see the Spirit in a sense at the left hand and the Godhead altogether as they make determination as to what their desire is and then fulfill their desire through the Spirit, through the Son, and according to the Will once again of the Father. Yes, Jesus is God. Yes, He is in Heaven. He is at the right hand of the Father Majesty, but He Himself is Majesty. He Himself is the Creator. He Himself is the Giver of all and the Creator of all.
Don't you know also that there as it was Paul that came into an area of Athens in Acts 17 that as he was looking at all of the different idols and the different inscriptions and altars and that which were really talking and glorifying other types of beings and gods, that it was there that he found an inscription to the unknown god in verse 23 and he said, "It is this one whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you." But there in Acts 17 and 24 notice what he clarifies. "God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hand, nor does He worship with men's hands as though He needs anything since He gives to all life breath and all things." Notice God, Creator of all, even man, even beast, even the very breath of life, even the forms that live. God is the Creator of all. Now it specifies here if you'll notice in the context that it is God, God the Father who has done these things, but we've already learned that it is through whom? The Son Jesus Christ and that's what he goes on to confirm down in verse 31 because "He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world and the righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained. He has given assurance to this to all by raising Him from the dead." There he mentions that Jesus, that Jesus that He gave in the flesh, the Word that became flesh in order that we might have the forgiveness of sins through that blood, the precious and perfect blood that could only be accomplished through deity in the flesh itself, a perfect being, Jesus, God.
And so here again as we find God saying that He created and He made, it was the Father's Will that was demonstrated through the Son which to us should not be a strange thing. Was it not Jesus Himself on the earth who in Luke 2 and verse 49 said to His mother, "I must be about my Father's business." Was it not Him also in John chapter 9 and verse 4 who said, "I must work and be about the works of the one who has sent me." Was it not Him also in John 6:38 who clarifies for us that what His Will is, what His words are, all that He does is from and about the Father. Yes, the Son is God, but yet the Son it seems carries out the Will ultimately of the Majesty on High, the Father, but yet it was the Son who was used to create, the Son who was used willingly and willfully to come to the earth and to accomplish the glories and the fullness of God and the fullness of His entire pleasure by doing those things again that were according to His ultimate desire, that is God and His ultimate purpose.
In the book of Hebrews we will conclude this morning before we go back to John 1 briefly. But in Hebrews chapter 2 and verse 4, we find there again it clarifies that "it is God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His Will." Here God using the Holy Spirit according to His Will. Here God the Father using the Son according to His Will and in verse 5 he goes on to say, "Even it was the Son, not angels, that He placed over the world." Not angels that He used to create the world, but the Son. Why? Because the Son was in the beginning. The Son was in the beginning and the Son was the Word and the Word that was with God and the Word that was God, and in the beginning He was with God and it was this Son in which all the world was made. Nothing was made that was made without Him. Thanks be to God that we have a God who has used His complete fullness and personality to accomplish His Will so that we might have the blessings through Jesus Christ not only before He came to the earth as God, but as He was on the earth as God even to the point of death so that you and I might be saved and have eternal life.
(SONG # 3 - "I Know Whom I Have Believed!")
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In understanding who Jesus is, what better truth confirms for us His great majesty and power, than to comprehend the fact that Jesus actually created all things! Our Jesus is God!