Friday, July 29, 2011

Question #4

Col 1:16, in talking about Jesus, says that"... All [other] things have been created through him and FOR HIM". If Jesus were Michael the Archangel at the time of creation, would an angel have created all things for himself? Isaiah 43:7 says God created "everyone ... for my OWN glory ..."

If we want to dissect and analyze prepositional phrases, we ought to also consider what it means that "all things were created through him." The dictionary definition of through in that context indicates that Christ was not the originator of the creative process, but that the Creator merely used the pre-human Jesus as the agency by which he accomplished his good purpose. Because Jehovah used his firstborn son in such a marvelous way, apparently saying to him: "Let us make man in our image," the creatively-empowered Word of God was the intended beneficiary of the joy of sharing in the very Creation. That God extended such an honor to his son does not mean that the Son has somehow robbed the Father of any glory. On the contrary, the fact that the Supreme Being of the universe shared the joy of creation with his son only brings more Glory to God because of his large-heartedness. 

The simple truth is that Jehovah could have easily created all things without employing his heavenly son, but the Son could not have undertaken creation without the help of the Father. That's why Jesus never referred to himself as the Creator. Even when quoting the Genesis account of Creation, at Matthew 19:4, Jesus did not take any credit for creating Adam and Eve; even though he was no doubt the one to whom Jehovah was speaking to when he said, "Let us make man in our image." Instead of using that opportunity to reveal his part in Creation, Jesus humbly referred to God as the one who yoked Adam and Eve together. 

Again, as confirmed by God's Word, Jehovah's Witnesses teach the truth about Jesus Christ.

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