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. The Logos and creation (Part 2)

THE LOGOS AND CREATION (PART 2)

John 1:1-3 (ESV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”

2. The Logos  is the sustainer of creation.

Look at verse 3 again: 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” Nothing had an existence without Him, which is basically what we saw in the last sermon. Everything owes its existence to Him, and something crucial we must understand is that nothing has changed. Everything, which includes you and I owes its existence to the living Logos, the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. It is ‘in Him that we live and move and have our being….’

But there is another truth that should excite us as believers. Turn with me again in your Bibles to Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV) 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Right now, this very moment all things are held together through Him and by Him. He is the one who sustains that which has been created. Isn’t it amazing that His creatures refuse to worship Him? On the contrary they persecute Him and stand up against Him as creator and sustainer.

Look at Hebrews 1:3 (ESV) 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. (The next part of the verse proves that it is Jesus the epistle writer is talking about.) After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”

So the Bible says He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. If not for the Word of God, nothing would have come into being, if not for the sustaining power of the Word of God, the world and the universe and all it contains will go out of existence this very moment. Now you might ask me why then is the whole creation in such a mess. Man is a sinner; storms ravage the face of the earth. The reason is that sin is so big in the eyes of God that it marred the whole of creation. It is God who subjected creation to frustration for that very reason. Romans 8:19-21 (ESV) says: 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” So the Logos is the creator; but He also the sustainer of all that has been made.

3. The Logos is the reason for creation.

Not only did it come into being by Him and not only is it sustained by Him, but it came into being for Him. We read that a moment ago in Colossians 1:16 as well. It says this: 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. It is not only true to say that God has made everything He made through His son, but that He made all that He made for His Son. That is why I often say that the reason to be committed to missions is not because of the need which is dire but because God is worthy of the worship of every person and because Christ is worthy to receive the full reward of His suffering. We have been made for Him. One day it is all going to add up to Him and in Him.

Go back one verse to verse 15 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” What does that mean, ‘the firstborn’? The Greek word here is prototokos {pro-tot-ok'-os}. It literally means that He is first over creation and had the rights of a firstborn. It is not saying that Jesus was the first thing made; it is saying that He has a position in relationship to the Father and in relationship to creation. He holds the position of heir. He is before all things, He has first place. He has the rights of the first born. It was all made for Him.

It fits with Romans 8:29 (ESV) 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” He therefore has the place of the firstborn in His church. He has first place among all those who have been redeemed and saved. He is over all and it all is for Him. Hebrews 1:6 (ESV) 6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” No one is worthy of worship but God.

So when you look at creation, it all displays His glory, it all finds its explanation in Him, and it all exists for the worship and adoration of God, and Jesus is God. All you need to do is to look at the complexity of creation like the “bombardier beetle” and you have to give praise to the Logos, because He made it and He sustains it. In fact one day it is all going to add up to Jesus. Ephesians 1:7-10 (ESV) 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

Jesus the Logos of God is the creator of all things that had been made, Jesus the Logos of God is the sustainer of all things that had been made, and Jesus the Logos of God is the ultimate reason for all things that had been made.

Just think about it. If this is not true, namely that Jesus is the reason for the existence of all things and if you were to approach the theories around Big-bang and evolution, what then is the reason for all things. Why is it all there, everything, and why am I here? Do we then really have purpose? Scripture is clear. He is the reason.

This leads us to a fourth and final thought.

4. The Logos is pre-eminent over creation.

He rules over all that has been made, and He is to be loved and served over all that has been made. This is what idolatry is. It is when we worship and serve the creature or we worship and serve creation, instead of serving the creator who is God and who has to be blessed forever. It is when we love what Jesus has made, more than we love Jesus as the maker of all things and the sustainer of all things and the reason for all things. He is to be preferred above all things and pursued above all things and cherished above all things. He has to be counted as special by His people. This is Paul’s desire for the Ephesian church. Ephesians 1:16-23 (ESV) 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,"

Now remember Paul is writing to an Ephesian Church that knows Christ and he says; ‘my desire is that you know Him better’.  The bad news for all of us is that none of us have fully matured beyond a point of not needing to know Him better. May God give to every one of us a Spirit of wisdom and revelation that we may know Him better? Oh how we need to know our saviour more. Paul continuous in verse 18-21 (ESV) 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”

Then look at the glorious essence of verse 22-23: 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

Do we understand that Christ is above it all? He is above all dominion, all rule, and all authority all rulers all titles, you name it. How can we ever neglect our relationship with Him or serve Him on our own terms? He is not just over all things now, but He will be over all things in the age to come. He is the creator of all things, He is the sustainer of all things, He is the reason for all things, He is pre-eminent over all things therefore He is to be worshipped as our God and creator and our sustainer.

1 Corinthians 8:6 (ESV) 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” My very existence in time and eternity is owed to the Son of God.

Closing thoughts.

What conclusions do we draw from this? If your Jesus is a part of creation, you have the wrong Jesus. All Jehovah’s Witnesses need to hear that. If your Jesus is in any way less God than the Father, you have the wrong Jesus. Even the enemies of Jesus understood what His claims meant. Remember they wanted to stone Him for making Himself equal with God. If you do not see God as a Trinity and Jesus equal with the Father, you have the wrong Jesus. If your Jesus is one of many gods, you have the wrong Jesus; therefore, the Mormons have the wrong Jesus. If your Jesus is equal to you and has no pre-eminence in your life, you have the wrong Jesus. That is why Kenneth Copeland is wrong when he says: "You're all God. You don't have a God living in you; you are one! ... When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, 'I AM,' I say, 'Yah, I am too!'" He continuous to say that “if Christ did not die for the sins of the world, I could have, because like Jesus is first born, I am also born again.” According to Copeland you can even create the universe. "Well, He created all those planets, how come you can't create something? You don't know as much about it as He does. He has a greater working knowledge of that faith than you do. But we're learning. Our time is coming. And in some ways its already here." - Cornerstone Church with John Hagee, San Antonio, Texas, August 18, 1999.


John is saying that the eternal God and creator of the universe is the one who came to earth, yes, born of a virgin in a stable. The one who made and sustains all things is the one who voluntarily lived like a bond servant. He walked around Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. His feet got dusty, He got tired, thirsty and voluntarily he took upon Himself a sinless human nature. The one who made man, subjected Himself to a crucifixion by men.

Acts 2:22-24 (ESV) 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” It was all God’s plan but it all was their deeds, and those men will be held clearly responsible for their sins as we all are. The one who suffered all these things did so voluntarily for the joy set before Him.

Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” What does that mean, ‘for the joy set before Him’? How can the Son of God know joy when He suffered all those things? The reason is because God knows the end from the beginning. It is like a close-up lens and a long range lens. In the immediate there are things that are grieving but in the ultimate His word has always accomplished what His will is. Jesus saw the end from the beginning and for the joy set before Him endured the cross. The joy is the glory of God and the redemption of a people who were given to Him before there was ever a world made. This is our Jesus; this is our God and Saviour. He was before time, He was with God and was God, He was in the beginning with God, all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.

I want to ask you this morning. Do you know this Jesus, do you really know Him? Has He saved you? There is an eternal difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Him. Have you heard the Good news that God saves sinners, and that God has done everything necessary for a sinner to be saved, through the finished work of His Son? Jesus lived the perfect life under the law that none of us can ever live, but He died on the cross to pay for all the transgressions, all the worthless dirty deeds that we have all committed, died for it all for all those who put their trust in Him. If you hear the good news, repent of your sins and look towards the Son of God for the forgiveness of your sins and life, then you can rely on God’s promise that He will save every single person who looks to His Son for salvation.

Is that your story? If not then I want to invite you to speak to us today so that we can introduce you to the precious Son of God, the creator of the universe?

Amen!

Logos Community Church:- 13 November 2016