This was the third point made by Roland Allen and it is one of the main points of Paul and all of Scripture. John also confirms this by speaking of Jesus in John 1:2-3, “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not one thing made that was made.” Those two verses cover what we are saying; that Christ is both the beginning and the source of everything that has any good value and will bring glory to God.
Here are some other references that point to Christ as Creator:
· “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host” (Psalm 33:6).
· “There is…one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Corinthians 8:6).
· “For by Him [Jesus Christ] 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” (Colossians 1:16).
· “But in these last days He [God] has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world” (Hebrews 1:2).
In the Colossians reference, Paul adds a point that is right at the heart of missions. The creation of “all things” was for a purpose; “for Him,” Christ! Every people group was created for Christ; that out of each one there would be those who “hope in Christ [and]…be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12, 14). If we were really concerned about the glory of Christ, we would strive more diligently for unity in the gospel in the Church. Every effort we make must be toward this end.
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