by A.E. Knoch

The names and titles of Christ are worthy of the closest study, and should be examined closely in the Original, as presented in the sublinear of the Concordant Version. There we read of THE ORIGINAL OF-THE CREATION OF-THE God. In phrases such as this, the relation of the words to each other are of prime importance. Here it is the so-called genitive, which we call the possessive case.

It is not simply THE-God, but tou, OF-THE, and Theou, God's, not Theos, God. It is not God, Himself, but something that is His, that is, the creation. A long list of the occurrences of this form will be found on page 259 of the lexicon in the complete C.V., as well as on page 128 of the International edition (Rev.3:14).

There we have them segregated into groups, Son, Kingdom, begotten, glory, grace, hand, sight, judgment, messengers, power, righteousness, spirit, will, word, and others. These hundreds of examples unite their testimony in affirming that whatever is of God is distinct from God. All is of God (2 Cor.5:18). That clearly shows that all is not God Himself, as some suppose. A son is of a father, but no son is his own father. A creation of man is not man himself God's creation is not God.

Further, in the example before us, "beginning" or "Original," of creation is neither God nor creation, but belongs to creation, and must be created. According to the C.V. concordance, this form occurs in Mark 10:6; 13:19; Rom.1:20; 8:19; Col.1:5; Heb.9:11; 2 Peter 3:4, and in this passage, Rev.3:14. In fact this very phrase "beginning of creation" occurs in Mark 10:6; 13:19; 2 Peter 3:4, and refers to the first part of the time in which creation has existed. But our passage is in the unveiling of Jesus Christ, and He is the One indicated by this phrase. His relation to creation is more definitely set forth in Col.1:15-17, where He is said to be the Firstborn of every creature (which shows that He is One), and all else was created in Him and through Him and for Him, and He is before all. So also was the human race created in and through Adam, who was before the rest. Let us believe exactly what is revealed, rather than reason illogically about it in order to make bring it in line with the apostasy of Christendom.

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