Creation in Christ

As Christians we read the OT through the lens of the NT which allows us to see more clearly what is going on in the OT because of our experience of Christ. This is particularly true when we look at how the Scriptures portray the creation. The key text is in Gen 1 and 2 where we have the Hebrew narrative of creation. Genesis 1 answers the question about how all things came to be, while Gen 2 explores the question of the exact nature of the man-woman relationship. But the prologue to John’s Gospel acts as a commentary on this creation account and in it we see more deeply into creation and understand the great dynamic that lies at its heart. The Johannine prologue shows us that the Logos (the Greek term for Word) was present at the time of the creation and that this Word was indeed God Himself. Later in verse 1:14 it is revealed that this Word (Logos) took our flesh and dwelt amongst us. This, of course, is in reference to Jesus. He is God and was with the Father before creation began.

Now, the word Logos is an appropriate word here because it means ‘that which holds all things together’ or can have the sense of ‘the inner logic of all things.’ John’s prologue reveals that everything that was created came to be through this Word. Thus, the Word cannot be a created being since all created things come through Him. He therefore must be God, Himself (cf. Jn 1:1) which is what the prologue states. John is showing the special relationship that exists between Christ Jesus and creation.

Jn 1:3 states that all things came into being through (Greek: dia) Christ. “Through” is an important preposition because it shows that Jesus is fundamental to the created order and is its centre. Everything that has being (rocks, trees, stars, men, women, the family, etc.) all receive their constitutive nature from Christ. Hence the term: Christo-centric creation. Jesus is at the very heart of creation and, because all things come through Him, only He can show us the true nature of things. Without Christ, the universe makes no sense because it would no longer have its inner logic (logos). Only those who are open to Christ and are united to Him can come to know the fullness of their own nature. That is why Jesus says that no man comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). He is simply accurately describing reality as it is. The Father speaks and things come into being through this Word (Jesus). When we fell from God’s grace, the only way back was the way we came into existence, i.e. through this same Word.

This means that as we know Christ more deeply, as we grow more faithful towards Him, we come to know reality more fully. It is only in Christ that we will discover the meaning and ultimate purpose of our own lives, our marriages, our families and of the world because we are created in and through Him. That is very good news for a world that is struggling increasingly in ever greater darkness. The one word of truth in Christ outweighs all the distorting influences of this fallen world and sets us free.

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