This morning I want to refocus each of your attention to the divine works of Christ which proves His Deity. Let’s center our hearts in the Lord this morning and give him the glory and honor.
A. Creation: There is ample information to show that Christ was an integrated part of the creation of Genesis one and two. Paul in Colossians mentions this as a bold fact of life, while John seems to be quite plain in his meaning as well in John one.
Colossians 116, “For by him were all things created….”
John 13,10 “All things were made by him….” and “…the world was made by him….”
B. Preservation: The creation was not left to maintain its own way through the ages. The design of creation was such that there would be need of maintenance and that labor was for Christ to undertake.
Colossians 117, “…and by him all things consist.”
Hebrews 13, “…and upholding all things by the word of his power….”
Not only is the Lord presently occupied in preserving the creation, but He is also active in the preservation of all promises set forth in the Word which includes the preservation of the believer. If Christ be preserving our beings for the eternal state, and we know that He is, then we can have all the assurance of our salvation that we need. It is God Himself that is giving us that constant watchfulness.
C. Forgiveness: Only God has the power, prerogative and desire to forgive man of his sins. Christ forgave sins on several occasions in the Gospels while still here on earth, thus indicating that he had the power, prerogative and desire to do so. It is of interest also that the people involved accepted His statements of such forgiveness as fact, not fiction.
Not only in His earthly ministry did He forgive sin, but also in his ministry on the cross he brought about the forgiveness of sin for mankind.
Mark 2:5, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.”
Colossians 3:13,“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
D. Answers Prayer: Only God can make a promise to answer prayer. Only He can give the promise, and only He can give the answer. In the Gospel of John, Christ makes the following comment about prayer and His power to complete it.
“If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
E. Resurrection: He will raise the dead, not only the righteous but the unrighteous. (John 5:21, “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth them life, even so the Son giveth life to whom he will.”) This scriptural reference would also show that He could give eternal life which only God can give. (Vs. 28&29 mentions the righteous and unrighteous being raised). At times we forget that there is provision of eternal existence for all of mankind whether they desire it or not. All mankind will continue for eternity, but the quality of that existence is the problem. Some will have eternal joy, while others will have eternal torment.
F. Judging: Only God can judge mankind. God is the lawgiver and the judge of those that do not follow His law. God has committed that judgment to His son according to John,
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son;” John 5: v 27 also. Acts 10:42 mentions again that Christ will judge and that it will be the living and the dead.