Wednesday in the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

The Nicene Creed

The Son as Creator

By whom all things were made

We’ve seen this many times—in John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; and Hebrews 1:2—passages in the New Testament which advance our understanding of Old Testament passages such as Genesis 1:2, 26; and Proverbs 8:22-31.  In these verses we plainly see the divinity of the Son (and Spirit) shining through as he is God’s Son, not by adoption, but by generation—begotten of his Father, not made. 

But these passages also naturally assume one of the greatest doctrines of the New Testament, at least as doctrine relates to the teaching of who God is.  And this doctrine is the Trinity—that God is three in one and one in three—“three persons in one substance” as the ancient teachers of the Church finally worded the doctrine.  This is the great advance of the New Testament upon the Old as to the nature of our God, and such cannot be a small matter for us to examine.  In short, the doctrine of the Trinity is no esoteric matter for theologians to explore but a practical doctrine for the faithful to understand and thereby worship God in all His Triune glory.

We have already spoken of the Son’s being begotten by His Father.  The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father as well.  The Father is thus the “Fount” of the others before time, which is to say, from all eternity.  This is all that Scripture has told us of their “inward” relations besides the obvious fact that they each love one another to an eternal depth that shall ever be beyond our comprehension and ability.  As to their “outward” relations towards the world, the three always work in concert as they must since the three constitute the One eternal, Almighty God.

But let us concern ourselves with the work of the Son.  The Son is that person whose primary role is Mediator.  He is that member of the Triune God whom we might call the “through whom” person.  In this role, he was the one who was incarnated (made man) for our redemption by his life, substitutionary death and resurrection.  He is now our High Priest at the Right Hand of Power interceding on our behalf, which is the subject of the whole of the Book of Hebrews.  But that mediating role also involved him in the creation of the world as the “master workman” (Proverbs 8:30), the “word” (John 1:3), the one “by whom all things were created” (Colossians 1:16).  Our God is so marvelous in his work!

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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