If one might be new to that thought of Jesus as creator, one could say/ask in reply: ‘I thought that God created everything, like Genesis 1 vs 1 states, when clearly saying' In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. Yes, of course. He did, like the Bible says. How should one understand then that Jesus would be the creator? Does that not exclude God or contradict what I just said? No, Let me explain.
In Genesis 1, it says in Hebrew ‘bereshiet (in the beginning) bara (he created) elohim (Gods)’. Elohim is plural, meaning Gods, but ‘bara’ is singular (he created), showing it should be translated with ‘God created’ (and not Gods created). Some explain the plural form of 'elohim' as being used in such a way as the Queen of England would use for example by saying something like: ‘we are not amused’, in other words ‘the crown’ is not amused, referring to herself, queen Elisabeth, as a singular royal person. So, it would be a sort of authority/royal plural form then, one argues. I think this is not the case here and there is more to it. I think it is about the three-in-one persons of God, namely the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Bible itself namely shines more light on it, by clearly showing, for a start, that the plural is no coincidence, for example when it says, in Genesis 1: 26 ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’. Also in Genesis 3:22, where it says, Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us. And Genesis 11:7: ‘"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language. Isaiah 6: 8 says : ‘Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" John 14: 23: ‘Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.’ Moreover John 1 says, referring to Genesis 1: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God’, clearly indicating multiple persons as well. And 1 John 5: 7 makes it abundantly clear and says it explicitly. So God who created the heavens and earth was a multiple person God, a three-in-one, as the NT clearly shows us that (I won’t go into that subject of the Trinity here any further), but we can assume that the Bible speaks in the multiple form because of the Trinity. So, when the Bible says that Jesus created everything, that does not mean that the other persons of the Trinity are excluded and did nothing. By no means. The Bible cannot lie. All the persons in the Trinity had their part, so to say. How can one be so sure that Jesus, as ‘the Son’ of the person God-Trinity (although, of course, not in the body/flesh of Jesus), was indeed the creator? That can only be because the Bible clearly says so and there can just be no other conclusion then that. The New Testament says it as follows, on several places, which makes it totally clear:
– John 1: 1-5 says: ‘All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being’. John writes this about the Word, and later on, in John 1:14, it becomes clear that it is about Jesus (the Word became flesh and dwelt among us). And in John 1:9-10, vs. 10: ‘He was in the world, and the world was made by/through Him’.
- Ephesians 3: 9: It should not be left unnoticed that the KJV and the NKJV and probably all translations which are based on the Textus Receptus make it totally clear here: 'And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ'
One has to be very sure, as translator, that this was not in the original Greek Scripture and that this does not belong there (and so was added later by, for instance, Erasmus or others) to cut that part out (most other translations don't write 'by Jesus Christ'). It is essential! Even without it we can know it, but still. This is the part where it says it most clearly of all Bible verses. So, it is very remarkable that it is left out (even though I'm not a 'King-James-only' guy). I want to see/read a justification in my Bible (for example the NASB) why it is left out (because it is essential), but now I cannot find that anywhere. I don't like that.
– Hebrews 1: 2 says: ‘in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. The Son is Jesus, there is no doubt about that. So Jesus, not in His human bodily form of course (He had not put on 'flesh' yet), but as a person God as part of the Trinity, created everything. That’s what it says. I read some debate about use of the Greek words where ‘upo’ would mean ‘by’ and ‘dia’, what it says here, would mean ‘by means of’. Apart from the fact that such a clear separation is not so apparent in Greek, and certainly not in this case, it still can mean no other thing than that the Son, Jesus, created everything. ‘By means of’, when speaking about the Son can only mean that the Son did it. He, Jesus, was the creator of everything, of the universe.
– 1 Corinthians 8: 6 says: ‘yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
– Colossians 1: 13-20: (13) His dear Son... vs. 15. ‘Who (referring to the Son) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him (the Son) 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 through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together/by Him all things consist.’
– Hebrews 1: 10 ‘And, You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands;’ This is said of the Son as well.
– Hebrews 2: 10: ‘For it was fitting to Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.’ This is said about Jesus.
– Revelation 3: 14 ‘The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish you were cold or hot.” This is clearly about Jesus speaking here.
So, when from the total picture of what the Bible says, it indeed becomes totally clear that Jesus, the Son, the Word, is in fact the creator of the universe, the Father is by no means excluded and neither is the Holy Spirit (think about Genesis 1, where it says : ‘and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the darkness’). One could say that the Father made the plans (from who) and that the Son carried it out (by whom). Together they created, and therefore God created (together as Trinity), the Bible says. And the Bible also shows some sign of possible different roles (in ‘from’ and ‘by’). It is good to realize that. Jesus, who was the creator himself, actively and personally came into his own creation himself, became man, and rescued us from eternal death and made a new and eternal life possible for who soever believes in Him. Believing in Jesus means that He, Jesus, is the creator and that he created Himself, exactly the way God told us in His word. He was in the world and the world was made by Him; Jesus.