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Paul says that God’s “invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made”(Rom 1:20).

The fullness of God’s “invisible attributes,” “eternal power,” and “divine nature” are seen in Jesus Christ. “In him all the fullness of Deity dwells bodily” (Col 2:9).

Jesus is the Incarnation of God’s Word which he spoke in Exodus 34:6-7: “Yahweh, Yahweh, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Jesus is that Word walking around in this world as a human person. He is the visible form of God’s “invisible attributes” which are proclaimed all over creation.

That’s why Jesus acts like he owns this place. Why not? For all things were made “by him, through him, and for him” (John 1:2; Col 1:15-21).

When Jesus compares himself to a thing in this created world, he is not making a cute analogy. He is declaring the fundamental purpose of that given thing. For “all things” were made by God to proclaim his Character, who is Jesus Christ.

In the Gospels, Jesus is basically walking around doing a theology of everything. The Gospel of John captures this powerfully. This is by no means an exhaustive list:

Spiritual birth (John 3)
Spiritual bread (John 4, 6, etc.)
Spiritual water (John 4; 7:37-39)
Spiritual harvest (John 4:35)
Spiritual sight/blindness (John 9:35-41)
Spiritual vine (John 15:1)
Spiritual door (John 10:7)
Spiritual shepherd (John 10:11)
Spiritual way (John 14:6)
Spiritual life (John 14:6)
Spiritual truth (John 14:6)
Spiritual home (John 14:1-4)
Spiritual light (John 8:12)
Spiritual sleep (John 11:11)
Spiritual wind (John 3:8)

Jesus finds it naturally to compare himself and his Holy Spirit to anything around him. This is because all things around him were created by him to proclaim his character and his glory.

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