Jesus Is Constantly Speaking Everything and Everyone Into Being
I have said repeatedly over the last several weeks that God’s word is so powerfully necessary that without it we would cease to exist. To say it another way: God is constantly speaking us into being and without the sustaining word of God, we would be no more.
This week for our Q&A Podcast, we received several questions as to where this idea was found in the scriptures.
Hebrews 1:3 declares: “And He (Jesus) is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”
The word “uphold” can also be translated “sustains” or “to cause to continue in a state or condition.” (BDAG: Bauer’s Greek and English Lexicon). Additionally, the grammar of the word is that of an ongoing action by the subject (Jesus). Jesus, the son of God, is constantly sustaining the creation by the speaking of His powerful, life-sustaining word.
The God of the Bible is not the god of the deist. God did not create the world, wind it up and remove Himself from it. He is intimately involved in its ongoing existence and preservation.
One other text is worthy of mentioning. Paul, inspired by the Spirit, proclaims in Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Jesus is holding all things together! How? By His sustaining voice (Heb. 1:3).
What would happen if Jesus quit speaking you, me and the rest of the world into being? Would anything exist? Would anyone know?
Yet another reason to praise the God of gods, through Jesus Christ.