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Chapter 3 - Jesus the Creator
Jesus Christ is not often presented as the God of the Old Testament or the creator. This can tend to diminish how we think of him to just a teacher or recommender. A more accurate understanding of Christianity depends on a more accurate understanding of Christ.
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. - Colossians 1:15-17
It is understandable that when Jesus was born in Israel that most would think of him as distinct from the God their ancestors knew.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? - John 14:8-9
Even more than the claim a father has over his children, so Jesus has claim over us. As our creator and the source of our life, he has the right to expect us to do as he says.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. - John 14:21
Because we have free will and have become in rebellion to him, Jesus offers us the opportunity to be reconciled. It is a reconciliation based on love. The word ‘commandments’ is entolē and means injunctions, authoritative prescriptions, or precepts. This defines a relationship based on a willing conformity to and acceptance of the principles extending from the forces of truth and love. Before we can fully understand reconciliation, we need to more fully understand how we came be be disconnected from God.
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