The apostle Paul, who had extensive knowledge of the Old Testament, spoke of Jesus in the same manner as the
For by Him 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.
Paul presents Jesus as:
1. Creating all things, both in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible
2. The beneficiary of Creation and in Him all things hold together. Creation caused His
incarnation and work of atonement, which together resulted in His glorification.
Jesus is the essential agent of restoring Creation corrupted by Adam's sin
Through Christ, human beings, recovering their image of God, restore their broken relationship
Through Christ, both sin and death are eliminated from existence
Through Christ, a new earth replaces the cursed one
Jesus is the essential agent of fulfilling God’s promises to Abraham.
3. Preeminent and before all things, because of His exclusive role in carrying out God's plan.
To learn more, see:
The Chiasm of John 1:1-18
Jesus the Son of God
Jesus the Messiah
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