Group a) passages are easily explained once it is shown that the creative work of Christ refers to the making of new men and women, and not to the creation of animals, trees etc. of Genesis 1. Christ is the firstborn of the new creation.
Group b) passages require an understanding of the divine point-of-view that God “calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17; cf. Isaiah 46:9, 10). Through His foreknowledge, God speaks in the present and past tenses of events yet future. This emphasizes the certainty of the outcome.2 As the Great Architect, God can envisage the glory of the saints, the kingdom, and Christ before their actual existence. (See Acts 15:18; Matthew 25:34; John 17:5, 24; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 4:3).
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Author: Ron Abel
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Bible reference(s): Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:22, 1 Corinthians 15:46, 1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 15:18, Ephesians 1:4, Exodus 23:20, Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 1:8, Hebrews 1:10-12, Revelation 3:14, Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 4:3, Isaiah 46:9-10, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-3, John 3:13, John 5:23, John 6:33, John 6:38, John 6:51, John 6:62, John 8:23, John 8:58, John 10:17-18, John 10:30, John 14:9, John 20:28, John 17:5, Luke 1:31, Matthew 1:18, Matthew 1:23, Matthew 25:34, Romans 4:17, Romans 8:29, Romans 9:5
Source: Wrested Scriptures.
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