Scripture Reading Hebrews 1:6-12
One of the foremost scriptures on the deity of Christ can be found in 1 Timothy 3:16; And withoutcontroversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. The subject of the deity of Christ needs to be approached with the understanding that there is only one God who is made manifest in three distinct persons, namely God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. When I read the scripture above, I can think of no one else other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the visible manifestation of the invisible God. His name is Emmanuel which literally means, God manifested in the flesh. According to the scriptures, as God, he is also the creator of Heaven and Earth.
After Jesus Christ had died, resurrected and ascended, the disciples over time began to have fascinating revelations of who he really was. One of the amazing realizations they had, was that he created all things. In his Gospel, the Apostle John takes us to the beginnings before time and says in John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.This scripture certainly needs no interpretation whatsoever. Everything that you have ever set your eyes upon, was created by him. Generally, our words give expression to our thoughts. If John tells us that Jesus is the word of God, then it follows that he gave expression to the thoughts of the Godhead whilst creation was being spoken into being. We gain further insights into him as the origin of all creation from Paul’s epistle to the Colossians. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:16-17(KJV).
In the book of Hebrews Paul claims that Jesus upholds all things by the word of his power. That right there, is a reference to creation. He also goes further to say that; "it became him for whom are all things and by whom are all things to make the captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings." Generally the first chapter of the book of Hebrews, is very surreal. There we witness a monologue from the Father to the Son. (I call it a monologue because we do not hear any response from the Son in this passage). In this monologue the Father addresses the Son as God and attributes creation to him. A portion of that monologue is as follows; Hebrews 1:10-12 (KJV) And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
What is the ‘take home value’ of today’s devotional? For me it is astounding to think that the one who hung on the cross and died for me is also my Creator. In all honesty, sometimes it is very difficult to grasp the realities of who we have been made in Christ, but with this understanding I can now comprehend the truth that every new creation reality that came into effect as a result of his death, is certainly substantive and within reach. So then in Christ I am truly the new creature that the scriptures say that I am. Let us pray that going forward we will be able to comprehend with clarity, the truth of what we have been recreated to be in him.
Memory Verse John: 1:3 King James Version (KJV)
All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
Pst. Charles Amaning
Christ’s Oasis Ministries – West Campus.