Was the real Jesus actually the Creator?
One of our guest speakers was Eric Barger, the founder and director of Take a Stand! Ministries headquartered in the Dallas area. Eric is an authority on the cults, the New Age, and rock music today. From his past as a former drug addict and rock n' roll musician who was deeply involved in the New Age movement, Eric has emerged since he gave his life to Jesus Christ to become one of today's greatest defenders of Christianity in America.
Eric's topic at our conference was "The Truth of Jesus' Divinity" (watch). He did a remarkable job explaining that Jesus Christ is truly Creator God in the flesh as the Bible teaches.
Jesus as Creator
Who is the real Jesus? Who the real Jesus is, is what I want to talk about, because we have the testimony of the Word of God about who Jesus is. Through all the misconceptions and misrepresentations, we are accountable to what the Bible says and nothing else when it comes to who Jesus is.
We have to come back and test everything by the Scriptures, because Jesus is the Creator. John 1:1 declares, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, the same was in the beginning with God all things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made, that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men, and the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not." In other words, the world did not receive Him. Jesus is the Creator. The Word came, the Logos came. He was the Word. He was the Creator. He was God.
John 1:14 tells us, "The Word became flesh and dwelled among us." Colossians 1 says, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature, for by Him were all things created." Notice the theme here — Jesus is the Creator. "By Him all things were created that are in Heaven, 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." In other words, if He didn't exist, we couldn't. That is what the Scriptures are teaching here. It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.
Hebrews 1 describes, "God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets." In other words, to the Jewish fathers to the early Jews he spoke by the prophets. "Hath in this day in the last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds." Again, Jesus is portrayed as the Creator. "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." Praise God!
There are seven magnificent revelations about Jesus that we see here in Hebrews 1:2-3.
- He is the heir of all things.
- He created the Universe.
- He radiates God's glory.
- He is the perfect representation of God.
- He is the complete representation of God.
- Without Him nothing could exist.
- He provides the only possible freedom from sin.
That is the message of just those 2 verses. Is it any wonder to us who have studied the Bible very long that the Bible is so rich that we will never really get it all? Give me more Jesus! Give me more time to spend in His Word that we will know what the truth is, so we will have it in our hearts and we will share it with mankind.
In the next segment of Eric Barger's sermon on "The Truth of Jesus' Divinity," we'll examine the testimonies of those who say that Jesus is divine.