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Jesus Christ is principally responsible for the creation of all this is. In addition, Jesus Christ is responsible for the continued existence of all creation. The array of passages are numerous that directly attribute to Jesus Christ the role of Creator.
The Godhead, comprised of three divine persons, created everything. The Godhead is comprised of three persons. Commonly, this Bible doctrine is known as the Trinity or the Triune God; the Trinity deserves a biblical study dedicated to it, though herein we only propose to introduce it. Three persons of the one Godhead appear in several New Testament passages (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Mark 1:10-11; Luke 1:30-35; 3:21-22; 24:49; John 14:16-17, 25-26; Acts 2:32-33; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 5:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Titus 3:4-6; 2 Timothy 1:3, 13-14; Hebrews 2:3-4; 6:4-6; 10:29-31; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 5:4-6; Jude 20-21). Old Testament passages also acknowledge the three divine persons in one Godhead (Isaiah 42:1; 61:1-2; Luke 4:18; Hebrews 1:10; Psalm 102:25-27). Otherwise, Scripture refers to the three persons in one God as the Godhead (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9). We may find it difficult to understand, but the Father and the Son (Jesus Christ) are one in that Godhead (John 10:30).
The collective cooperation of the divine persons in the one Godhead created everything that is. Plural pronouns in Scripture evidence the plurality of divine persons responsible for creation (Genesis 1:26; cf. Genesis 3:22; 11:7). The plural noun for God in Scripture indicates the plurality of divine persons responsible for creation (Genesis 1:26 'Elohim). "The supreme moment of creation arrived as God created man. The narrative presents God as calling on the heavenly court, or the other two members of the Trinity, to center all attention on this event" (Wycliffe). "The text tells us he was the work of 'ELOHIYM (OT:430), the Divine Plurality, marked here more distinctly by the plural pronouns US and OUR; and to show that he was the masterpiece of God's creation, all the persons in the Godhead are represented as united in counsel and effort to produce this astonishing creature" (Clarke). "Its form is plural, but the construction is uniformly singular, i.e. it governs a singular verb or adjective, unless used of heathen divinities (Ps 96:5; 97:7). It is characteristic of Hebrew that extension, magnitude and dignity, as well as actual multiplicity, are expressed by the plural" (ISBE).
Scripture emphasizes the role of Jesus Christ in creation. Many New Testament passages frankly attribute creation to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was co-eternal with God the Father, and Jesus Christ created everything that was created (John 1:1-3). Jesus Christ was the agent of God the Father for the creation of everything (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 3:9). Jesus Christ the Creator of the world came to the world (John 1:10).
Scripture also affirms that Jesus Christ sustains all creation. The same power with which Jesus created everything, he uses to sustain that creation (Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3). Hence, Jesus Christ is the ruler of his creation (Revelation 3:14). "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation" (Revelation 3:14 NIV emphasis added). "And to the messenger of the assembly of the Laodiceans write: These things saith the Amen, the witness--the faithful and true--the chief of the creation of God" (Young's Literal Translation emphasis added). "The beginning of the creation of God...Not the first of creatures as the Arians held and Unitarians do now, but the originating source of creation through whom God works (Col 1:15,18, a passage probably known to the Laodiceans, John 1:3; Heb 1:2, as is made clear by Rev 1:18; 2:8; 3:21; 5:13)" (Robertson's). "The beginner, or author..." (Vincent's).
Jesus Christ is the Master of many roles: God in the flesh or incarnate, Master Teacher, Sacrifice, Savior, King and Judge. Jesus Christ is also the Creator and sustainer of creation. Jesus Christ who created all things is also the only one through whom mortals have access to redemption and the Father (Mark 16:16; John 14:6). Erring Christians who have strayed can return to the Lord for another cleansing (Isaiah 44:22; Jeremiah 24:7; Hebrews 8:10-12).
Clarke, Adam. Adam Clarke's Commentary. CD-ROM. Seattle: Biblesoft, 1996.
International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (ISBE). CD-ROM. Seattle: Biblesoft, 1996.
Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament. CD-ROM. Seattle: Biblesoft & Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, 1997.
Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament. CD-ROM. Seattle: Biblesoft, 1997.
Wycliffe Bible Commentary. CD-ROM. Chicago: Moody P., 1962.