5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Jeremiah 2:31–4:18
Colossians 1:1-17
Psalm 76:1-12
Proverbs 24:21-22

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Colossians 1:16 (CSB): “For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through him and for him.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

I’m going to play with your mind for a few minutes. I’m going to get you to think about something you may have never considered.

In no way would I ever desire to lead you astray. I simply want you to reflect on a truth that may have been misunderstood.

So, here is the question:

How did God create everything in the universe?

That’s not a trick question. It’s straightforward. But, because you may be wondering where I’m going with this, you may not have answered the question in your mind yet. So, go ahead and answer it: How did God create everything in the universe?

Your mind probably ventured back to Genesis 1 when you answered: “God spoke everything into existence.”

Now, let’s ask another question: What does it mean that ‘God spoke’? Does it mean that He said words in some Heavenly language? And, by the way, who was He speaking to? And, if neither the angelic host nor the people of earth were yet created, why did He need to say anything at all? Why not simply create things quietly without saying unnecessary words?

So, have I got your mind swirling yet?

Without making this blog post too long, let me take you to a few passages of Scripture.

First, let’s make our way back to Genesis 1 where we realize that God wasn’t alone when He created everything in 6 days. He was enjoying the relationship of the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, & God the Holy Spirit) from all of eternity. Notice the pronouns “us” and “our.”

Genesis 1:26 (CSB): “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness …’”

Further, we realize that the Holy Spirit was clearly present during the creation of all things.

Genesis 1:2 (CSB): “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”

So, now we know who God was talking to. He was communing with Himself in the Trinity.

But strangely absent from the Genesis account of creation is the second person of the Trinity, Jesus (God the Son).

That’s where our Verse for Today comes in. We realize that while God was speaking and the Holy Spirit was hovering, Jesus was actually the one doing the work. Pay careful attention as you read it.

Colossians 1:16 (CSB): “For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through him and for him.”

So, if we only looked at Genesis 1 and we were asked, “How did God create everything?”, we would say that God spoke it into existence.

But, if we only had Colossians 1 and we were asked, “How did God create everything?”, we would say that God used Jesus to create it.

So, here’s the question that comes to mind: “Did God use a word or Jesus to create all things?”

That’s where John 1 comes to the rescue with our answer! Jesus WAS the Word!

John 1:1–3, 14 (CSB): “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. … The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Did you get that? Jesus is the very Word of God.

Just as a word allows us to understand another person’s thoughts as we get to know them, so Jesus allows us to understand God’s thoughts and allows us to get to know Him.

Therefore, when we go back to Genesis 1, I think we see Jesus every time it says, “Then God said…” Maybe God said actual words. And, then again, maybe that was just a picturesque way of saying that God set Jesus to work, as the Word of God, to create all things.

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