2008-11-29 - All Things: 1
Colossians 1:16, "For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him"
In verse 15 of Colossians Chapter 1, we have the statement that the Son is the "first-born of all creation." The Apostle appears to make it clear here (vs. 16), after making this statement, that Christ is not of the order of the creatures. The creatures, and the creation itself, depend on Jesus Christ for their creation and their preservation. He brought them out of nothing into existence. He sustains them. We can easily forget this distinction, and might fall into considering God, in a general sense, as the Creator. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth," Genesis 1:1. We need to be more specific in our thinking however, and clearly state that the creation of all things belongs to Jesus Christ. There is a unity in God of three persons but One God. Jesus Himself tells us, "and the Father are One," John 10:30. We see this Three-in-One aspect of the Godhead stated in several places of Scripture, but 1 John 5:6-12 is a good place to look into the topic.
When we say, "All things were created by Him," it is the same thing as saying "he created all things." The result is that Earth, Heaven, Angels, mountains, rivers, insects, and even hell itself, with all the fallen ngels, were all created by Christ. He created all things. Anything that exists, visible or invisible, even all authorities,are all created by Him. We get the mixed-up idea of celestial place, or court, where God exists, and this overlooks the concept that God is Omnipresent - He is everywhere. "'Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?' Declares the Lord. 'Do I not fill the heavens and the Earth? Declares the Lord,'" Jeremiah 23:24. The truth is that God is present everywhere, and does not need a place to dwell. Part of the eternal plan of God was that Jesus Christ would become part of the creation, by taking on the nature of man. Thus Christ became a material substance, and thus He must have a place to dwell. This is the reason for Heaven, and why it was created. It is a place where Christ and His people can dwell. Christ says to those on His right hand, Matthew 25:34, "Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
There is a special place for those who follow Christ. It is a wonderful promise that we will see Christ's glory in Heaven, and that we will be there with Him. We will not only be as He is, but we will be with Him, where He is. It is why Heaven was created. It was created by Jesus Christ, for Jesus Christ, and for His people who are united to Him by faith. "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in order that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou didst love Me before the foundation of the world," John 17:24.
Soli Deo Gloria,