Friday, June 15, 2012

Jesus the Creator

The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and is one of the most well-known speeches in United States history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

At the end of his speech, Lincoln Spoke, "Government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

This reminds me of one of the most well-known verses about Christ’s deity in the New Testament;

Colossians 1:16

“For by (in original) Him all things (τὰ πάντα) were created (ἔκτισται): things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by (through original) Him and for (into original) Him.

All things (τὰ πάντα, ta panta) - The article τὰ gives a collective sense - the all, the whole universe of things. Without the article it would be all things severally.

Were created (ἔκτισται, ektistai) - Correctly, “have been created.” The perfect tense instead of the aorist. “The latter (the aorist tense in Greek) describes the definite, historical act of creation; the former (the perfect tense) the continuous and present relations of creation to the Creator.”

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