Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Beginning?

The last of this little series on Bible texts that are used to deny the deity of Christ brings us to Revelation 3:14:
These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God...

The contention is that this verse is telling us that Christ was created and that was the beginning of God's creation.

However, this cannot be the case. The Bible is clear that the Lord Jesus Christ was already in existence "in the beginning" (John 1:1), and He brought all of creation into existence, and nothing that has ever come into existence came into existence without Him (John 1:3).

So what does the verse mean? Well, in Revelation 21:6 God is called the beginning. What does that mean? It means He is the prime mover, the beginner, the first cause, the uncaused cause. That's exactly the same as Revelation 3:14. Christ is the beginning of the creation of God in that He is the one who started it, not by being created but by being the creator.

Again, the word translated "beginning" often has the idea of ruler (e.g. Romans 8:38; Colossians 1:16; 2:10; Titus 3:1, etc.) and it could well be that the Lord Jesus is proclaiming Himself to be the ruler of God's creation, the reason being He is the one who made it all.

So, again, what people use to deny Christ's deity proves it. He is none less than God.