Is Jesus equal to the Father in power and has He existed from eternity past?
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (Colossians 1:17)
Today’s big question: is Jesus all-powerful and eternal?
Jesus being the Son of God implies that He is equal with God the Father. The Apostle John stated that Jesus “said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18). Jesus said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). Fully understanding this truth would be impossible with our finite minds, but God’s Word reveals a great deal about this topic.
For instance, the Bible states that the Father is the Creator (Ephesians 3:9), and it also declares God’s powerful and eternal attributes (Revelation 11:17; Psalm 90:2). Then in Colossians 1:15–16, Paul writes about Jesus being the image of God, and hence, the Creator. Now, in verse 17, Paul continues to describe Jesus and His power.
Since Jesus is the Creator, He “is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” As Paul wrote in Colossians 1:16, Jesus created all things—the invisible and visible things. Therefore, Jesus is before all things in existence, and in His power He upholds all things. In other words, Jesus is eternal and all-powerful. These attributes of Jesus are continually declared and magnified in passages such as the following:
. . . 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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
These passages of Scripture give us a taste of how the Son is equal with the Father. Even death could not stop the almighty Lord who is also “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). As we read Scripture, we must keep in mind Jesus’ unending, powerful attributes.
As the Creator, Jesus also knows all things. For example, Jesus even knew the thoughts of the scribes (Matthew 9:4) and the whereabouts of Nathanael prior to meeting him (John 1:48). Through Jesus Christ, believers have salvation, and when we get to heaven, we can look forward to learning more from an all-knowing, all-powerful, and eternal God!
Today’s big idea: Jesus Christ is the all-powerful and eternal God.
What to pray: praise the Lord for His mighty and powerful attributes.