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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon Christ Created All Things ]

Lonnie Branam

Colossians 1:16-17 says, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things consist.” One of the unchangeable doctrines of the Christian religion is that Jesus Christ is the Creator of everything that is in existence, all things in heaven and all things on earth. Before He became Jesus of Nazareth, before the incarnation, He existed as the second person of the Godhead in heaven. .. It was not God the Father who personally created everything, but the second person of the Godhead. Some two thousand years ago, God the Father sent a mysterious Being from heaven to earth to bless the world. This wonderful Being was the second person of the Godhead, and He assumed the form of a human being for 33 years. God sent Him to accomplish the eternal purpose of God the Father. which He purposed in Christ before the he foundation of the world. . That human being whose form He assumed was Jesus of Nazareth, the appointed Messiah of the Jews. and the Savior of the world. Ever since that supernatural event, Jesus of Nazareth has been connected with and associated with that One in the Godhead who brought all things into existence. If you don't believe this, you don't believe the word of Jehovah God.

This partaicular subject is dealt with in Colossians 1 because the Church of Christ in Colosse had a problem with the true relationship of Christ to the creation of the universe and the angels. There were many differing opinions on this subject among the Greeks and Romans, and some of these ideas crept into the church. The learned men of the day were using human wisdom and speculation to explain the origin of the universe and life on earth, even as learned men are doing in the 21st century. Human wisdom today knows no more about the origin of the universe and life than did the philosophers of Greece and Rome. This is beyond the scope of science because man was not there, and thus no scientific examination is possible. Yet, many of these thinkers were confusing Christians by contradicting the teachings of the apostles on the origin of the universe, angels and life. Paul, in the book of Colossians, took the speculations of these learned men head-on, showed them to be wrong, and then gave to Christians and the whole world the correct explanation of these mighty events. Paul settled the question of, “The First Cause” for ever. Paul was a man inspired by God and spoke with the authority of God. All who reject Paul's teachings will never understand how the universe and life came into existence. Consider with me the teachings of the Christian religion on how this world


came into existence and how life originated. All who reject Paul's teachings reject the teachings of the Christian religion, and the Christian religion is the one and only God-approved religion in the world today. Others may be man-approved, but not God-approved. The only religious founder and teacher that has the seal of God is Jesus Christ. God recognizes no other religion in the world. . Jesus said to one and all, “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

Let us begin with Paul's statement in Colossians 1:16. Paul, as he was moved by the Holy Spirit, categorically stated that all things that are in heaven and on earth were created by Christ. This truth was taught by all the apostles of Christ. This statement agrees with the apostle John's
statement in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.” The one called the Word was the second person of the Godhead. In Colossians 1:16 Paul divides the universe into “things in heaven and things on earth.” According to this division, heaven includes all of the universe except the earth. The word heaven includes all the stars, planets, galaxies, comets and all other heavenly bodies. . It also includes the place called heaven, God's present dwelling-place. The declaration that all things that were created in the world above was the work of Christ's creative power is one of the doctrines of the faith once delivered to the saints. Let others believe what they will, but the Church of Christ is to believe that Christ was the Person who created the universe. Since He was before all things, and since all things were made by Him, it necessarily follows that Christ is the First Cause of all things. I am glad to see many religious people making a strong effort to get “Intelligent Design” taught in our public schools, along with theory of Evolution. Whether they know it or not, the only intelligent design that exists in this universe is the “Intelligent Design” that Christ used to create the universe. That settles the mystery of the origin of the universe.

Furthermore, this passage states categorically that Christ also created all things that are on the earth. One of the most important things that Christ has done for every human being is to give us physical life. Every human being who has ever lived on this earth owes his existence to Christ. All intelligent life on earth was created by Christ. The Bible says, “In Him, we live, move and have our being.” The only explanation of how He created the first two human beings is recorded in Genesis 1 and 2.


Adam called his wife Eve(life), because she would be mother of all living. All inhabitants of earth have come from Adam and Eve. In addition to mankind, Christ created all the animals, plants, oceans, lakes, trees, minerals, and everything else the earth contains. He created all things visible and invisible. We can see but a small part of the universe. One of the astounding things said about Christ's creative power is that He made the universe out of nothing. Hebrews 1:2 says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Christ did not make the universe out of pre-existing material. Hence, it is a divinely revealed truth that the universe has not always been here. Christ made it out of nothing. Apparently, the first thing Christ created was matter, the elements out of which the universe was formed.

In addition to all this knowledge about the origin of the universe and the origin of life, Paul reveals the purpose Christ had in mind in making this wonderful world in which we live.. . The Bible clearly states, “All things were created through Him and for Him.” He made this world for His own glory and for such purposes as He designed. He brought this world into existence for some important purpose which pertained to Himself. The Lord built this universe to be His own property. Earth was to be the theater where He would accomplish the reconciliation of mankind to God the Father. His purpose was to display the mercy, power, wisdom, love and glory of God the Father. He came to do the will of the Father. This purpose is called the eternal purpose of God in Christ Jesus, and it was hidden from mankind in all ages and generations prior to the Christian age of the world. Christ and the Holy Spirit revealed this purpose to His chosen apostles. In particular, the earth was made by God the Son to be the place where one of the persons of the Godhead would become incarnate, and exhibit to the world God's redeeming love. . No one can doubt the deity and divinity of Christ after reading the first chapter of Colossians. This chapter asserts that His creative power is exhibited in all things that are in existence. It is not in reference to angels only, or the human race only, but His creative power is set forth as it relates to “everything” in heaven and on earth. This marvelous fact is based on the doctrine of the Trinity and that one of the Divine Three became a man and visited the earth. . Thus Jesus of Nazareth was Immanuel, which means God with us, God in the flesh. This is the greatest story that has ever been told or ever will be told, and it must be believed by all become Christians.


I will mention one more thing about Christ, who created all things when He existed as the second person of the Godhead.. Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” The context shows that He was speaking of the universe He created. This statement relates to everything He made, to the entire universe, heaven and earth. It is said of the universe “In Him all things consist.” There is a similar statement in Hebrews 3:3 which says that Christ, while on earth, was the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His person, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” We are told of the universe that He upholds it or holds it together. Everything consists by Him. That means He holds it together. This word means to “cohere or hold together.” The Bible says Christ holds the universe together or upholds it, according to Hebrews 3:3. I agree with those Bible scholars who believe this means that Christ, by His creative power, supports or upholds all things so as to keep them still in existence and harmoniously working. Without His providential superintendence the universe could go to pieces and cease to hold together. Unless all things were upheld by His power, all things might sink into annihilation. The existence of this universe is dependant on the existence and oversight of Christ. In other words He holds the entire world in His hands. It is by Him that all things consist. Without Him and His mighty power the universe would not hold together but go away in all directions. In fact, Astronomers tell us that we are surrounded by thousands of galaxies like the milky way, our own galaxy, and that all these galaxies are moving away from us in all directions at astronomical speeds. This necessarily implies the presence of an intelligent Design that holds this vast universe together. Who can properly estimate the influences by which Christ preserves the cosmos, regulates it and governs it by the word of His power.

In spite of this divinely revealed truth that Christ made the universe, made the earth, made humanity, gives us our daily bread, and made all other living creatures, still the greater part of the human race refuses to honor Him as Creator, as Messiah and as God's Son and Savior of the world. How do you suppose He feels about all of this unbelief, dishonor and disrespect. ? A great part of the human race is atheistic. Rejecting Him as their LORD, most of the human race has accepted some 12 world religions that do not believe in Him and do not believe that Jesus died for the sins of all mankind. Consequently, there is no forgiveness of sin in any religion except the religion of Christ. According to Jesus Himself all


people who reject Him and his shed blood will die in their sins, and will stand before Him at the judgment to give an account of their disobedience. They will also be shut out of heaven. It should be no surprise to us that this world is in trouble with its Maker. Since He created the earth and all things connected with it, this means that He is in charge of the natural laws. They are simply expressions of His will. That means that tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, earthquakes, famines, and floods are all under His providential control. People of earth would do well to think about this. The way the world treats Him, we are very fortunate that natural disturbances are not much worse than they are. I think it would be reasonable to say that the One who made this world is not pleased with the world He made. He wants us to know that there is a better world for us to live in, and He came to earth to make it possible us all to go to that new world. Just before He returned to heaven He said, . “In My Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am there you may be also.”

The gospel or good news of Christ is God's power to salvation. Jesus said those who hear that gospel and are immersed in water shall be saved from their past sinful life, and those who walk with God for the rest of their lives will be given an abundant entrance into heaven. The power which God exerts to save people is in the teachings of Christ and His religion. If you are looking for a church home, the Churches of Christ invite your investigation. Why not attend the services of the Church of Christ in your area this coming Sunday? Look in the yellow pages of the Telephone book under the heading, “Churches of Christ.”

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