THE LAMB OF GOD

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THE ALPHA & THE OMEGA ~ THE WORD ~ THE SON OF GOD ~ THE LAMB OF GOD ~ THE MESSIAH ~ HIGH PRIEST ~ THE LION OF JUDAH & THE SON OF MAN

 JESUS CHRIST – The Lamb of GOD
Joh_1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
JESUS CHRIST Came into the World:
  •  to be born Human to Accomplish and Finish the Work of GOD on the Physical Plane of Earth
  •  to have a Human Body to be Obedient to Death as a Man
  • to undergo Temptation to Effect Love and Obedience to GOD the FATHER
  • to Fulfill the Requirements of the Law as a Man
  • as a Fulfillment of the Covenants
  • to Effect Reconciliation to GOD for Mankind
  • for Restoration and Restitution for the Regeneration
  • for the Redemption of Mankind
  • to Prepare a People for GOD
  • for the Holy Sacrifice of HIMSELF
  • to be the First-begotten of the Dead
  • to be Worthy to Break the Seals and open “the Book of Prophecy”
  • to be the Mediator, Advocate, and High Priest for Mankind
  • to Fulfill the Prophecies and Promises of GOD
  • to Create Sons of GOD
  • to Create Kings and Priests to GOD

JESUS CHRIST was Prophesied as a means of Salvation to the People of GOD. A Prerequisite for the Redeemer of Adam’s Race was he must be a Member of the Human Race but without Sin. This was necessary in order to Fulfill the Law and to be able to Free Mankind; to Atone for the Sin of the World, and to Effect Salvation. Being born of  a Human Mother (made of a Woman) HE Fulfilled the Requirement to be a Human Being. However, there was a need to solve the Sin problem. He had to avoid being Born in Sin to be a Perfect Sacrifice. The only solution to the Problem was to have a GODLY FATHER. Not just a Godly Man, but GOD HIMSELF. Anyone born on Earth by two Human Parents would have produced a child still born under Sin as an Heir of Adam, “born in his image” which was Dead in Sin.

A Savior had to be Born of GOD. HE had to be a Begotten Son of GOD to be Holy, Pure without Spot or Blemish. Then HE had to Live a Sinless Life to Fulfill the Requirements of the Covenant of Works and the Law during the Mosaic Dispensation and to Fulfill the Requirement between HE and GOD under the  >> Covenants of Atonement, Redemption & Grace << to be Worthy to be the Spiritual Head of the Human Race.
JESUS CHRIST is the First-Born and First-Fruit of GOD’S Holy Family to be Raised through the Resurrection and the Ascension. Believers in like manner will undergo the same Process and will be the Brethren of JESUS CHRIST through Faith in HIS Name.

Heb_9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

1Jn_3:5  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Gal_4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Heb_2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Rev 5:2  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

 Rev 5:3  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
Rev 5:4  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Rev 5:5  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev 5:7  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
Rev 5:8  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
 
The Works Accepted
JESUS CHRIST accomplished the Ordained Works GOD had given to HIM to finish. HIS Death was the Culmination of the Earthly Works up to the Sacrifice which had to be Accepted by GOD and Divine Justice. The Physical Way we know it was accepted by GOD was through the Physical Resurrection and HIS Ascension to the FATHER S Right Hand.
Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Heb 10:6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Heb 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Heb 10:15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
Heb 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God;  
Mankind became a Servant, a Slave, a Captive Enslaved to Sin as was his World (the whole Creation) which also came under the Curse of Sin, Servitude, Grief and Death. Mankind (Unbelievers) Existed under the Domain of the devil (“the World”) until the Fulfillment and Abrogation of the Mosaic Law (not the Ten Commandments) under the >> Mosaic Dispensation,  (See ) C 12/ I:3; I:4; I:5; J:1; J:2; J:3 << by JESUS CHRIST, who became Incarnate to Finish the >> Covenant Works Ordained by GOD << when HIS FATHER (GOD) sent HIM into the World.  The Covenant Works included but is not limited to:
  • Coming to Earth through the Incarnation;
  • Being Born in the Flesh in a Body Prepared for HIM;
  • Effect the Redemption of GOD’S People;
  • Effect the Atonement Work for the Sin of the World;
  • Effect the Bestowal of Grace for HIS People;
  • The Promise of the HOLY GHOST/SPIRIT;
  • The Inheritance of the Saints
  • The Resurrection
  • The Ascension
  • To inhabit the Place JESUS CHRIST has Prepared for HIS People

The following link directs to a Compendium of the Covenant Works, Titles, and Appellations of JESUS CHRIST. >> The Covenant Works of CHRIST Ordained by GOD. <<

GOD sent HIS only Begotten Son to Earth to Save the World of HIS Lost and Condemned People whom HE Loved. The first phase of this Work included mostly the Nation of Israel although many Gentiles sought HIM during HIS Ministry and HE Ministered to them all. HE did not cast away anyone who came to HIM as HE Promised and Demonstrated.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Rom_8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Gal_4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Rev_22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

 Sin and Sinners

The Act of Disobedience is Sin. When Sin entered into the World it was no longer Good, Sacred or Holy as it had been when first Created in Perfection by GOD. It became Cursed with the Evilness of  Sin and Death the Works of the devil. Death was the Consequence and Punishment of Sin. It was not immediate Physical Death, but began the Process of  Spiritual Death and Separation from GOD. It also included the Judgment and Eternal Death which is Damnation to Hell – the Second Death – the Lake of Fire, alluded to throughout the Bible, which is prepared for the devil, his Agents, the Citizens of his Kingdom and his Angels. Man was to die once and then to undergo Judgment according to the Divine Cosmic Law of GOD. Mankind is given the same choices that Adam & Eve were given. To Obey is Life. To Disobey is Death. We each must make our own Decision.

See also: >> Who Will You Serve? << |>> You Must Choose <<

The Condemnation

Joh_3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 

The Act of Sin Corrupted the Mind and Heart of Mankind who was Originally Created in the Image of GOD Knowing only Good as he was  Partaking of the Divine Nature of GOD. However, after Sin entered into the World Man was no longer a Holy Being but a Carnal Being Motivated by the Lust of the Flesh; knowing Evil and no longer Immortal, being able to live Forever. Man became a Mortal being, Sinful and doomed to die once and then the Judgment.The Malefic Change became the Condition of all Heirs of Adam which was the entire Human Race.

Mankind became a Race of Sinners and Unbelievers born into the Deception of Sin and Death, their Minds Blinded by the devil and Ignorant of Holiness. The only Way Mankind could be Saved from the Wrath of Divine Justice was through GOD’S given Love, Grace and Mercy. A Sufficient, Holy Sacrifice was needed to Pay the Ransom owed to Divine Justice to Redeem Mankind and set the Captives Free.

2Co_4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

The Impossibility

Finding a Man without Sin from the Human Race was not possible because all of Mankind, all Heirs of Adam, would be born as Sinners conceived in Sin and in Iniquity. No one of the Race of Mankind could be Worthy to be a Sufficient Ransom/Power/Recompense to Eradicate Sin and Redeem Mankind from Enslavement to Sin and Death. The Sacrifice had to be the Antithesis of Evil. It had to be Perfect, Voluntary, Holy and Sacred as Sin was Imperfect, Imposed, Evil and Profane.

Psa_51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

The Throne & “The Book of Prophecy”

Rev 5:1  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
Rev 5:2  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
Rev 5:3  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
Rev 5:4  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Nothing Impossible For GOD

The only Power to Eradicate Sin is Infinite LOVE which has no Limit or Duration which can only Exist in JESUS CHRIST, the Son of GOD and the Son of Man. 

The devil deceived the first Parents of Mankind and continues to deceive the whole World but he only has Power over Unbelievers. The devil, the Adversary of Mankind, is known by many names as are his evil >> Angels. <<  The Beings of the Angelic Race (Angels) consist of many Orders and most are known as Good but there are others that are known to be Evil. After Satan deceived the 1/3 of the population of Angels into Rebelling against GOD, they were all cast out of Heaven, no longer being able to remain in Heaven (a Holy Domain) because no Place was found for them there anymore. This happened outside of the Sphere of Time as we know it. CHRIST, while on Earth, spoke of seeing Satan fall from Heaven.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Luk 10:18  And he said unto them,
I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Rev_12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

It is in the Book of Genesis where the first Allusion is made regarding the Spiritual Battles between the Carnal Kingdom and the Spiritual Kingdom, the >> Rulers of the Two Kingdoms<< and their Seed(s) who are the Citizens of their Respective Kingdoms. This Battle is between the Light/Truth/Knowledge and the Darkness/Deception/Ignorance.  The Individuals of these Kingdoms are the >> Two Divisions of Mankind C 13/A-C << on Earth. They are known as the Children of Light and the other known as the Children of Disobedience.

Eph_6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 1Jn_3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Eph_5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

1Th_5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

There is mention, in the Bible, of several Spiritual Battles regarding Mankind, Countries and Empires being influenced by Evil Angels, and demons/daemons causing Conflicts on the Earth. This will eventually come to an end with the complete Fulfillment of the Prophecy of Genesis 3:15, and other Scriptures when JESUS CHRIST Enacts the final “blow of Destruction” when >> JESUS CHRIST Destroys all Evil << – which include Sinners/Unbelievers, the serpent/devil/dragon/Satan, his Angels and the Works of the devil – Sin, Hell and Death which will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (the Second Death) at the end of Time and the end of the World.

Rev_19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Rev_20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev_20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Rev_20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. 

We will discover the Prophecy of Genesis 3:15 being Fulfilled throughout the Book of this Study (the Book of the Revelation of JESUS CHRIST), where the battles are clearly reiterated and where the History of Mankind is encircled and Fulfills the Destiny of Mankind as GOD Projected it from Eternity. Ultimately (as understood through Predestination), JESUS CHRIST >> Destroys the devil, Hell,  and all of the Works of the devil C 12/G1. << 

Rev_12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev_12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Rev_20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev_19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Rev_20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev_20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Rev_20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Eternal Purpose of GOD

The Eternal Purpose of GOD aka the Divine Plan of GOD has not changed. GOD’S Decree left Eternity and is continuing on as the Grand Design until it is made Manifest in its Fruition through JESUS CHRIST, as the First-Fruits of many brethren, when HE returns for >> HIS Spiritual Church. <<

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

We will discuss supportive intricate details from the other Books of the Bible to expound and expand the Book of the Revelation of JESUS CHRIST starting with the Temporal date line on Earth – the Beginning.

Joh_1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh_1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

1Jn_1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

1Co_15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Act_26:18  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

1Jn_3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The Descent of Mankind included the sentence of Death – the First and the Second Death. The First Death is a Temporal Physical Death. The Second Death is the Eternal Lake of Fire which will hold the devil, the beast, the false prophet and all Human Beings whose names are not found in the Book of Life therefore they are Lost. This sentence was evoked because of the Sin of Adam & Eve and was passed on to their Progeny, the Human Race. The Lost includes all those individuals who are not under Covenant with JESUS CHRIST.

The Eternal Purpose Purposed in JESUS CHRIST is the Salvation of Mankind, the Regeneration, the Restoration and Restitution of the Paradisaical Relationship previously established between GOD, Mankind and the Earth. All of the Eternal Works of CHRIST is part of the >> “Divine Plan” << and the >> “Grand Design” << (so labeled for the sake of this Christology Series) which was Initiated before the Foundation of the World and implemented after >> Creation. <<

Rev_13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Eph_5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Heb_7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Heb_9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

The Book of the Revelation of the Lord JESUS CHRIST is the Revealing of  >> the Person << and >> Eternal Works (Words & Worth) of the Lord JESUS CHRIST << of the Co-Eternal, Co-Equal, and Co-Operative >> GODHEAD (C 12). <<

 

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… a body hast thou prepared me.

Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Luk 1:31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

The GODHEAD

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

1Ti_3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
 Heb_9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 

 The >> GODHEAD C 12/F5<< consists of the GOD (the FATHER), JESUS CHRIST (the SON) & the HOLY GHOST/SPIRIT (the Comforter/the Spirit of Truth). The GODHEAD Operates through the  Counsels/Oneness of GOD. In Relation to Mankind, the GODHEAD Operates through the Vehicle of the >> Covenants << which is a Contract  Created by GOD as an Unchangeable Divinely Imposed Legal Agreement between HIMSELF and HIS PEOPLE which Stipulates the Conditions of their >> Relationship. <<

The People of GOD

GOD’S People are Believers, Disciples and Over-comers through Faith in the Lord JESUS CHRIST before and after >> HIS Incarnation. <<  See the following link  for a series of articles – >> Preparing a People of GOD C 13/A-E << beginning with >> Adam & Eve <<  to the current Time.

Joh_8:56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

 They are Spiritually Regenerated Individuals who have received Atonement, Redemption and Grace through the >> Covenants of GOD C 3 << and through JESUS CHRIST as their Lord and Savior. They are Regenerates – having received Regeneration, Sanctification and Unification to GOD through the Baptism of the >> HOLY GHOST/SPIRIT. C 2/92A – 92D. << 

Tit_3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

The Blessing/Gift of the HOLY GHOST/SPIRIT is one of  the Covenant Promises that GOD makes to all of HIS People when they Accept JESUS CHRIST as Savior and Lord and come under Covenant with HIM as the Son of GOD, Mediator, King and High Priest among other Titles and Appellations. See the >> Eternal Works of CHRIST C 13/ A – D << & >> Compendium of the Eternal Works of JESUS WORKS C4  <<

Mat_3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 

Act_2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Act_2:33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

Col_1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

1Co_1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

The Covenants of Atonement, Redemption & Grace

Col_1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

The Effectual >> Atonement, Redemption & Grace (I1 – K4 ) << for the Salvation of Mankind, was Wrought by GOD’S Eternal Purpose in JESUS, THE CHRIST by HIS:

  • Pre-Incarnation Intervention & Intercession
  • Incarnation
  • Birth
  • Ministry
  • Suffering
  • Humiliation
  • Sacrificial Death
  • >> Resurrection & Ascension <<
  • Advocacy
  • Priesthood
  • Kingship
  • Mediatorship

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Rom_1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

2Co_1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Eph 3:9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Rev 3:14  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.

2Ti_1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.