Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a 2003 testimony of a brother in Louisville, KY
God kept His Son a secret from the foundation of the world until He sent him to earth and revealed him in the person of Jesus Christ. After the Son was revealed, the apostle John was able to write, among other things, these incredible words about the Son:
3. All things were created through him, and without him was nothing created that was created.
The brother whose testimony inspired this message said something like this during his testimony: “The Son didn’t create love, or peace, or truth.” That testimony blessed me because it opened my eyes to what John the apostle was saying in the scripture above. It is true, as the author of Hebrews said, that God created the worlds through the Son (Heb. 1:2), and it is true, as Paul said, that all things in heaven and earth were created by the Son (Col. 1:16). However, what John said was that the Son created only the things which were created, and there are many things that were not created but that existed in the Father before the Son began.
The Son did not create the qualities of the Father: His life, His wisdom, His righteousness, His power, His goodness, His truth, or anything else that existed in eternity within God. Nothing that is in the Spirit of God was created by the Son because nothing in the Spirit was created. The Son only created what has been created! Everything that was in the Father was already in existence when the Son came to be, and there were many things that existed in the Father.
As great as the Son is, it remains an eternal truth that, as Jesus himself said, the Father is greater still (Jn. 14:28). The Father was not created by the Son; on the contrary, the Father created the Son and gave him everything that he now has. And the Father created the Son as a perfect reflection of Himself, including having the power to create. And the result of that work of God is everything that exists outside the Father’s being, both visible and invisible, in heaven and on earth. As John said, “All things were created through him, and without him was nothing created that was created.”