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    December 4, 1890

    “The Divinity of Christ. No. 2” The Present Truth 6, 25.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    THE WORKS OF CHRIST PROVE HIS DIVINE NATURE

    We come to notice some of the works which Christ does as God, and in this we shall find additional proof of his divinity. In one talk with the Jews, He used the following language, which shows His position of equality with the Father: “For neither doth the Father judge any man, but He hath given all judgment unto the Son; that all may honour the Son even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which sent Him.” John 5:22, 23, Revised Version.PTUK December 4, 1890, page 393.1

    The first way in which God is revealed to us as demanding honour, is as Creator. Paul says that the heathen who know not God are without excuse, because God has revealed unto them that which may be known of Him; for ever since the creation of the world, the invisible things of God, that is, His eternal power and Godhead, are clearly seen, being understood by the things which are made. Romans 1:19, 20. Now since Christ is to be honoured by all, just as they honour the Father, it follows that he is to be honoured as Creator; and so, according to Paul’s words to the Romans, the visible creation affords proof of the “eternal power and Godhead” of Christ. Let us note a few texts which speak of Christ as Creator. John 1:1, 2 has already been quoted, showing that Christ is God. Verse 3 says: “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”PTUK December 4, 1890, page 393.2

    In Hebrews 1:8-10 we have the record of language which the Father addressed to the Son. The first, in verses 8, 9, in which the Father addresses the Son as God, we have already quoted. But in verse 10 we are told that He said further to Him: “Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thy hands.” So whenever we look abroad upon the earth, or view the shining heavens, we may know that they show the power and love of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him was not anything made. The apostle Paul makes this most emphatic, in his epistle to the Colossians, of Christ, through whose love we have redemption, He says, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature; for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:15-17.PTUK December 4, 1890, page 393.3

    From the words, “the first-born of every creature,” some have argued that Christ Himself is a created being. But that is not only a hasty conclusion, but one directly opposed to the text itself. Note the following points: 1. The same thing could not be both creature and Creator. But this text affirms in the most emphatic terms, what other texts teach, that Christ is Creator. 2. Verse 16 shows that He was not created, for, “by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,” etc. Says John, also, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3. This excludes Christ from the list of created beings; for everything that was made was made by Him. In Revelation 5:13, also, it is stated that “every creature which is in Heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth,” gave honour and glory to Him. 3. The term “first-born of every creature” cannot by any possibility indicate that He is a created being, standing related to other creatures simply as first, and highest in rank, because He is “the only begotten Son of God.” There is none other in the universe that stands related to God the Father as He does. The term first-born does not in this case, at least, imply that others were born after Him. It only shows His pre-eminence above all things, as stated in verse 18. 4. Verse 17 says that “He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” This again separates Him from the creation, except as creation’s Lord; and this is what the text teaches. In Him creation had its beginning, as stated in Revelation 3:14. Creation existed in Him, in embryo, as it were; “for it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell.” Colossians 1:19. No language could more perfectly show the pre-existence and the creative power of Christ, than does the language of Colossians 1:15-17.PTUK December 4, 1890, page 393.4

    “By Him all things consist.” Literally, “by Him all things hold, or stay, together.” This is equivalent to Hebrews 1:3, which speaks of Him as “upholding all things by the word of His power.” He brought all things into existence, and He preserves them in existence. His word caused them to exist, and His word upholds them. In all these things He acts, not independently, but conjointly with the Father. Said He: “I and My Father are one.” John 10:30. Not a thought does one have that is not the thought of the other. Their unity in creation is shown in the words, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26. This union of the Father and the Son serves to explain why the Hebrew word which is rendered “God” is in the plural number. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” John 1:18. All that we know of God, we learn through Christ. Let no one, therefore, say that in exalting Christ we are in danger of lowering our ideas of God. That is impossible, for the more exalted ideas we have of Christ, the more exalted must be our ideas of the Father. E. J. W.PTUK December 4, 1890, page 393.5

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