You think of Jacob and Esau. Esau was born first but Jacob was the heir. Jacob was the prototokos. It says this, this is God speaking: "I will also make Him My firstborn. He followed it by saying this, "The highest of the kings of the earth. The ranking one, the supreme one, the highest monarch. If you want it in the terms of Revelation, "The King of kings and Lord of lords. Look again at Hebrews chapter 1.
It says in verse 1, "God who at different times and in different ways Old Testament He is the firstborn of all creation in the sense that He is the primary one, He is the one who has the right to the inheritance, He is the ranking one, He is the chief one. And that's why you see in Revelation chapter 5 when they were looking for somebody who had the right to take the earth, there wasn't anybody in the universe but Him. He's the only heir. And so He came forth to take the scroll and possess the earth because it was rightfully His.
He is the primary one. He has the special place of inheritance, privilege, prestige, honor, the Father's heir of all the creation. He is the sovereign. Yes, Jesus is God in a body and yes, He is the creator. The claims that He made were astounding. But secondly, Paul goes further and shows us not only His relation to God but His relation to the world.
Again here this presents His deity, verse 16, "For by Him were all things created. I don't know how you could become confused. Jesus made everything.
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All things were created by Him. He is the creator God. In Hebrews again chapter 1 verse 2, it says that His Son has been appointed heir of all things by whom also He made the worlds. Christ was the agent of creation. God created the worlds through Christ, the action of the trinity. We have the Son creating in the New Testament. The trinity was active in creation, no less Christ than God is the creator. Now think of what it means.
When I think about creation it boggles my mind. Everything that was made He made. Do you ever conceive of what is out there?
If this doesn't give you a grandiose idea of God you just haven't looked at it. When I think about the vastness of space it just boggles my mind. Do you realize that you could bore a hole, for example, in the sun and pour in one million, two-hundred thousand earths and still have room for four million, three-hundred thousand moons? The diameter of the sun which is 93 million miles away from us is thousand miles, the diameter.
But the nearest star, Alpha Centurii is five times larger than the sun. The moon is only about thousand five-hundred miles away and you could walk in 27 years if you could cover 24 miles a day and you had something to stand on.
Think about this, a ray of light travels at thousand miles a second, so a beam of light reached the moon in one and a half seconds. Well let's imagine we could travel that fast. We can travel thousand miles a second. That's fast. We could reach Mercury in four-and-a-half minutes.
It's only 50 million miles away. Two minutes we'd be at Venus And four minutes and 21 seconds we'd hit Mars, it's only 34 million miles away.
Next comes Jupiter, it's only million miles away, that would take us about 35 minutes. And then if we decided to go on since we were making such good time, we could go to Saturn, it's only million miles away and it would take about an hour and 11 seconds. Then Uranus is a billion miles away, Neptune three billion, etc. And when we get way out to there, we're still on the porch. You say, "What do you mean? A particular star named Beetlegist? It's a big star. You say, "Who made all that? Once there was a God The babe in Bethlehem made it, that's what the Bible says, "For by Him were But maybe that's the toughest thing of all because there's a will involved.
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He made everything. Further His relationship to the world is indicated in verse 17, this is a staggering thing The glory that I had with You before the world began. He said before Abraham was I am. He thought it not something to hold on to be in an equal position with God but became a servant and humbled Himself. He is the beginning and the end of Revelation chapter 1. He is the alpha and omega. He is the root and offspring of David. How incredible that somebody should be the source of David and the son of David. But He is. Preexisting one.
He is before all things. He made all things. All things were made for Him for He is the heir of all things. And then this word in 17, "And by Him all things hold together. You know, the whole world would fall apart if it weren't for Him. I don't buy the God of the deist who says that God just made everything, wound it up and went away and says now he's going to watch it all wind down. I believe that God upholds the world. What keeps the world from flying to pieces?
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The upholding power of God. The reason we can send men out in space in little tin cans and make sure they come back and plop in the right spot is because God has rules that don't change. He upholds the earth. If the earth's rotation slowed down at all we would alternately freeze and burn. The same thing would happen if we got any further or nearer to the sun because it's 12 thousand degrees Fahrenheit. Our globe is tilted on an axis at 23 degrees which enables us to have four seasons.
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