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Creator-owner

Genesis 1:1 says that God created the heavens and the earth. Then, Colossians 1:16 gives the added detail that God created “all things” through Jesus Christ. The plain teaching of Scripture, therefore, is that Jesus is the Creator of the universe.

The mystery of the triune God is difficult to understand yet is one of the doctrines revealed in Scripture. In the Bible, both God the Father and Jesus are called Shepherd, Judge, and Savior. Both are called the Pierced One—in the same verse (Zechariah 12:10). Christ is the exact representation of God the Father, having the same nature (Hebrews 1:3). There is some sense in which everything the Father does, the Son and Spirit also do, and vice versa. They are always in perfect agreement at every moment, and all three equal only One God (Deuteronomy 6:4). Knowing that Christ is God and has all the attributes of God aids our understanding of Jesus as the Creator.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). There are three important things in this passage about Jesus and the Father: 1) Jesus was “in the beginning”—He was present at creation. Jesus had existed eternally with God. 2) Jesus is distinct from the Father—He was “with” God. 3) Jesus is the same as God in nature—He “was God.”

Hebrews 1:2 says: In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. Christ is the agent of God’s creation; the world was created “through” Him. The Father and the Son had two distinct functions in creation yet worked together to bring about the cosmos. John says: All things were made through [Jesus], and without [Jesus] was not anything made that was made (John 1:3, ESV). The apostle Paul reiterates: There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live (1 Corinthians 8:6).

The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, was also an agent in creation (Genesis 1:2). Since the Hebrew word for “spirit” is often translated as “wind” or “breath,” we can see the activity of all three persons of the Trinity in one verse: By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth (Psalm 33:6). After a thorough study of Scripture, we can conclude that God the Father is the Creator (Psalm 102:25), and He created through Jesus, God the Son (Hebrews 1:2).

Because God created (and still creates) all things, all things belong to God as owner. As seen in Genesis, we are stewards of God’s creation and have been given dominion (the right and duty to manage and care) over it. However, this does not mean that God has relinquished ownership or control of creation. The Bible recognizes and affirms God’s ownership and control over creation.
Psalm 24:1: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Paul affirms God’s ownership of everything in 1 Corinthians 10:26: for the earth and its fullness are the Lord’s.
King David acknowledged God as creator and owner by saying blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all (1 Chronicles 29:10-11).