Does John’s Gospel show Jesus as part of Creation?

gospelGod the Father and the Holy Spirit are both named in Creation account in Genesis 1, but where can you find Jesus’ involvement in the creation. If you compare Genesis 1:1-3 with the Gospel John 1:1. And if Jesus is the Word, and if God spoke words to bring forth creation, then are the words He spoke the name of Jesus?

In your comparison of Genesis 1 and John 1, you are moving in the right direction, though you have not come to the right conclusion. John constructed his Gospel to demonstrate Jesus as the fulfillment of various Old Testament pictures. Most of the chapters in his Gospel mirror an Old Testament story to show Jesus as the fulfillment of that Old Testament account.

In Chapter 1, John shows Jesus to be the fulfillment of the Creation account in Genesis 1. Notice John begins his Gospel echoing the words of Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning…” Next, John compares Jesus to light entering darkness, just as the Creation account begins with light and darkness.

Furthermore, John begins calling Jesus “the Word,” which further connects us to Creation in Genesis 1. In the Creation account we’re told that God speaks everything into existence, which is to say the Creation was brought into existence by God’s word.

From these details, a pattern emerges which Paul confirms in Colossians 1:

Colossians 1:13-20(NKJV)

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.   16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Paul tells us that Jesus was creator of all things, the Person of the Godhead Who did the work of creation. This is the final piece in our puzzle. Let’s review the details again:

– Jesus is the fulfillment of Genesis 1 (i.e., the details of Genesis 1 point to Jesus)
– Genesis 1 says God the Father and Spirit were both present at Creation.
– And John 1 says Jesus was also present at Creation, calling Jesus “the Word”         to mean the One Who spoke Creation into existence
– Paul also says Jesus was the One Who created all things

Therefore, John 1 was written to explain that Jesus was the One Who spoke at Creation. It was Jesus Who said “Let there be light…” and so John calls Jesus the Word to make clear that Jesus was the Creator. Even though Jesus is not mentioned by name in Genesis 1, John’s Gospel tells us that Jesus was present at that moment. In fact, He was the One speaking!

 

 

 

“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”

 

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