December 11, 2016 - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Genesis 1

Colossians 1:14-17

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16 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:

17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

 

14) Redemption—an enslaved and now ransomed people. Forgiveness--freedom, release from bondage, pardon. It is the essence of redemption.

15) Image—no one else can represent God but the Son. Not just a likeness or similarity, but a perfect representation, a real and essential embodiment. Hebrews 1:3—the express image of His person. Firstborn—not the first thing created, but existing before anything was created.

16) By Him—in Him, the creative will and energy were in Him, therefore all creation is dependent upon Him. All that was created, whether we are aware of them or not (angelic beings, etc), was created by Christ. He is to be worshipped,; not any part of creation, even impressive parts. By Him for Him—through Him and unto Him—Christ is the end that all things were made for. 3 Pepositions—the beginning (in), the progress (through), and the end (unto).

17) Is Before—not was, in time. Consist—to hold together, put or set together. He is the cement as well as the support of all created things. Christ is the sustaining power, not the Gnostic demiurge.

Isaiah 45:17-20

 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

 

Not ashamed—unlike the end result of worshipping a false god. 18) TO be inhabited--As long as there is an earth, there will be people on it. Not chaos, but specifically designed for people. 19) Secret—obscure, hidden meanings of pseudo-religious sounding people. His plain speech is to help us find Him as He wants to be found. False gods can’t save because they did not create the world; they themselves were created by who God created! God created the world with a design to help us find and know Him.

 

John 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

Other Gospels stress Jesus Christ being Messiah; John stresses Jesus Christ being God. God was not made, but all things were made by God. Before the world was; He was.

John 1:14

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

God became a human but with a full manifestation of the grace and truth of God.

John 1:18

No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

 

In the bosom—a distinct being and yet absolute acquaintance with. Highest wisdom and intimate knowledge of God. Declare—unfold a teaching, rehearse or tell. He hath declared him—He is emphatic, he alone could do this.

Romans 11:32-36

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.

 

Of Him—He is their eternal source. Through Him—as maintainer and preserver.   To Him—he is the end, His end will glorify all things. Therefore, He gets all the glory, because without Him, there would be nothing to glorify Him!

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