Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake
in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds.
Colossians 1:16 For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him.
These verses of Scripture are speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now we understand that all things in heaven and in earth were created by Him and for Him. All the planets, the stars, the vast Milky Way, everything that the heavens and the earth consists of was created by our Lord. All of this, though, involves material things. We also understand that the Lord usually considers things of spirit of more importance than things in the natural. For example, when Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray, He said, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). He was mostly interested in the will of God being accomplished in His people. The earthen vessels who are to enhouse His presence is the earth He was speaking of. Ultimately, His will and His Kingdom will be accomplished in all the earth, but first and foremost it must be accomplished in us. The Body of Christ is the earth He is most interested in.
So when the Holy Spirit in the Book of Hebrews says that “He made the worlds” (1:2), He is not just speaking of natural worlds only, but also spiritual worlds. The apostle Paul confirms this in Colossians 1:16 when he says, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible.” The Lord has created visible and invisible worlds.
The heavens and the earth were created in Genesis 1:1. However, the spiritual worlds we are considering were created by the Lord during His earthly ministry. In other words, there were spiritual worlds that He needed to create, which could only be done after partaking of our human nature. We will see that His earthly ministry involved much more than His miraculous ministry to the multitudes or His teaching ministry to His disciples. He also opened the door to many worlds, so that we could ascend to the world of God Himself.
Now there are many different kinds of worlds in the natural. There is the world of technology, the military world, the world of education, of arts and sciences, etc. Our individual world changes as we develop and mature. The world of a baby is very different from that of a child, and his world is quite different from that of an adolescent. Then when a young man marries, has a family to care for, along with the other responsibilities that come with adulthood, his world changes greatly. He is now living in a world he knew nothing about when he was a child or an adolescent. The same thing happens for us spiritually. The spiritual world for a babe-in-Christ is quite different from one who is spiritually mature. When we grow spiritually, we find that our responsibilities increase just as they did in the natural. The world we live in changes as we grow, both in the natural and in the spiritual. The different worlds (or levels) of relationship which are possible for us to have with God were created by the Lord Jesus Christ. He became as we are so that He could create the way for us to become as He is. Therefore, He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me (John 14:6). He created the way for a person to come to the world of the Father, and He is that way.
Genesis 28:12 And he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Although God and man are worlds apart, Jacob saw in his dream a ladder that reached from earth to heaven. Set up on the earth it extended through world after world until it reached the world of God. Then in the Gospel of John we find that the Lord Jesus Christ is that ladder. Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. John 1:51. It is Jesus Christ that connects heaven and earth. He is the connecting link between man’s world and God’s world.
In order to create a way for man to reach God, it was necessary for God to come forth in the likeness of man. He took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7. Thus, “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
When the Angel of the Lord announced the birth of Jesus to Joseph, He said that His name would be called Emmanuel, which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). The Lord descended into the lower parts of the earth, by taking on the human nature of man, that He might then ascend up far above all heavens (Ephesians 4:9,10). In this way He prepared the way for man to enter the world of God.
There is a reason Jesus is seen as a ladder in Jacob’s dream. Ascending to God is a step-by-step process. It doesn’t happen all at once in one step. It is a journey whereby we pass through many worlds on our way to God.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews, speaking of Jesus Christ, said, “He passed through the heavens” (Hebrews 4:14). He passed through one heaven after another, or one world after another, until He had created the way for us to reach God. It was necessary for Jesus to pass through many worlds in creating this way, and it will be necessary for us. Taking one step, accepting Christ as Savior, will not get us there. We must continue the journey, passing through one world after another, until we reach the fulness of God. What do you think will be our judgment if we only take the first step on “the ladder” and refuse to go any further?
Copyright © 1995 by Henry DuBose