December 13

He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  John 1:2-3

This passage is a clear, concise statement bout Christ’s divinity.  John included all creatures when he said that everything was made by the Word.  Whoever uses the term everything hasn’t left anything out.   In other words, John was asserting that the Word existed before all creatures and that the Word was a coworker with the Father. He was an equal creator of everything along with the Father.

Everything that exists has been made through the Word.  The Word is the Creator of all creatures.  There is no difference between the Word and the Father regarding the divine essence.  The Word is the true God because he shares the divine essence with God the Father.  The Word was with God in the beginning.  He demonstrated this when he created the universe.  He made heaven and earth, angels, and all creatures.  Christ declared, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17).  So this passage clearly asserts that he is the coequal Creator:  “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible an invisible” (Colossians 1:15-16).  “He has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe” (Hebrews 1:2).

This passage affirms that the Father created everything through his Son.  This keeps us from having doubts about who the Son is.  We can know and believe that our dear Lord and Savior, born of the Virgin Mary, is also the real, true, natural God and Creator together with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Martin Luther: Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

Edited by James C. Galvin

Timeless insights from one of the most important people in church history. Resounding across the centuries, Martin Luther’s prolific writings as a pastor, theologian, scholar, Bible translator, father, and more, remain powerful and richly relevant. Faith Alone is a treasury of accessible devotionals taken from Luther’s best writings and sermons from the years 1513 through 1546. This carefully updated translation retains the meaning, tone, and imagery of Luther’s works such as this gem:

Some people value good works so much that they overlook faith in Christ. Faith should be first. It is faith—without good works and prior to good works—that takes us to heaven. We come to God through faith alone. —Martin Luther

Through daily readings, Luther’s straightforward approach challenges you to a more thoughtful faith. Read one brief section a day or explore themes using the subject index in the back of the book. Faith Alone will deepen your understanding of Scripture and help you more fully appreciate the mystery of faith.

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