ENERGY-MASS EQUIVALENT: “IF YOU HAVE SEEN ME, YOU HAVE SEEN THE FATHER”
Genesis 1 gives an accounting of creation on many scales. Space-time is addressed, as well as the fundamental building blocks of creation. In the fundamental relationship that exists between light (energy) and matter, is the first preaching of the relationship between the Father and the Son, namely that they are of the same “stuff”. This is not to say that the creation itself is to be equated with the creator. But only, as we are told, the creation testifies of the glory of God (and yet is not that glory). Light, matter, and their relationship are created things.
Defenition by Wikipedia:
In physics, mass–energy equivalence states that anything having mass has an equivalent amount of energy and vice versa, with these fundamental quantities directly relating to one another by Albert Einstein’s famous formula:
E = m c 2
This formula states that the equivalent energy (E) can be calculated as the mass (m) multiplied by the speed of light (c = about 3×108 m/s) squared. Similarly, anything having energy exhibits a corresponding mass m given by its energy E divided by the speed of light squared c². Because the speed of light is a very large number in everyday units, the formula implies that even an everyday object at rest with a modest amount of mass has a very large amount of energy intrinsically. Chemical, nuclear, and other energy transformations may cause a system to lose some of its energy content (and thus some corresponding mass), releasing it as the radiant energy of light or as thermal energy for example.
Mass–energy equivalence arose originally from special relativity as a paradox described by Henri Poincaré. Einstein proposed it on 21 November 1905, in the paper Does the inertia of a body depend upon its energy-content?, one of his Annus Mirabilis (Miraculous Year) papers. Einstein was the first to propose that the equivalence of mass and energy is a general principle and a consequence of the symmetries of space and time.
A consequence of the mass–energy equivalence is that if a body is stationary, it still has some internal or intrinsic energy, called its rest energy, corresponding to its rest mass. When the body is in motion, its total energy is greater than its rest energy, and, equivalently, its total mass (also called relativistic mass in this context) is greater than its rest mass. This rest mass is also called the intrinsic or invariant mass because it remains the same regardless of this motion, even for the extreme speeds or gravity considered in special and general relativity.
The mass-energy formula also serves to convert units of mass to units of energy (and vice versa), no matter what system of measurement units is used.
In Genesis 1, we read how that God created the heaven and the earth, and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The dividing of light from darkness is a lot to dwell upon. The simplest concept has to do with night and day…with illumination and shadow. But thinking a bit beyond the superficial will lead to the conclusion that the sun always shines. So “night and day” are not a consequence of light being turned on and off. Light is always there. But depending upon where I am, light is either obscured or UN-obscured. Night and day, for me, is produced by where I am on a giant ball that rotates in from of the sun. If I know this, I must reassess my thinking about night and day. Time is much the same. I have lived much of my life under the allusion that time moves. This allusion too, is a consequence of living on that giant ball that rotates in front of the sun. Leave the earth and stand on the light side of the moon, always facing the sun. There now is no “night and day” as from the perspective of living on the earth. What then? has time stood still? No, it never was moving. I, on the other hand am moving through time, or rather, through space-time (which is another subject altogether).
When I look up at the “night” sky, I conclude that it is dark. But is it? Absolutely not. The sun is still shining! Space is still full of light. Why does it appear dark? Because light, in order to be seen, must reflect off of something. The moon does not generate any light. When you hear of anything being done under the light of the moon, it is not correct. It is being done under the light of the sun which is reflecting off of the moon. Why can the moon (or any other object for that matter) reflect light? Because of the fundamental relationship between energy and matter, namely, that they are different forms of the same thing. And matter, as a consequence of it’s being “made” of light, is able to declare to the observer, many of the properties of light.
When reading Genesis, and the dividing of day and night, it is a completely appropriate study to consider it in terms of what we now know about light and matter. These things (sun, moon, stars, the heavens…) are filled with lessons. When considering the relationship between matter and energy, we uncover a preaching of the gospel. For the first chapter of Genesis says God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth WAS without form and void. “Was” is a revealing word. It is from the Hebrew, a word that implies that the earth “came to be” without form and void (Never so the heavens). Jeremiah was given a vision that looks deeper into the fact that the Lord did not create anything without form and void, but rather the “earth” became that way. Something happened. And immediately the Spirit of God “moved” upon the face of the deep (which from the Hebrew reads that the Spirit of God BROODED upon the face of the deep, as a bird broods upon an egg). Who and what would restore form and substance to the “earth”? Who was to be brought forth among humanity, made of the Spirit, made of the substance of the Father, and so, able to reveal to us, the nature of the Father? As matter reveals light because it proceeds from light, so Christ, who proceeded and came from The Father, is able to declare and reveal Him:
[Isa 9:1-7 KJV]
Nevertheless the dimness [shall] not [be] such as [was] in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict [her by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, [and] not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, [and] as [men] rejoice when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior [is] with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but [this] shall be with burning [and] fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
So what is the relationship between the Father and the Son? How much of the Father may be seen in the Son? ALL. Einstein’s now famous equation tells you a truth that is mind boggling. All matter equates to a certain amount of energy. The amount of energy bound up in a hundred pounds of Uranium is the same amount of energy bound up in a hundred pounds of water, cheesecake, or you. Fortunately, you are made of stable stuff. But regardless of the particular molecules, E=MC2 has no distinctions of composition. All matter and all energy equate. What is the destiny of the Lord’s people in Christ? To be filled with all the fullness of God:
[Eph 3:14-21 KJV] For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
[Col 2:9 KJV] 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
[Col 1:19 KJV] 19 For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell;
[Jhn 14:6-11 KJV]
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
[2Co 4:6 KJV]
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
[Col 1:26-29 KJV]
…[Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Here is the simple truth. With Christ dwelling in your heart by faith, you have the very substance of God, by whom you may see Him. Without Christ, there is nothing to declare the Father in an individual. Such an individual remains without form and void. A disciple once asked Jesus how these things may be revealed and confirmed in some, and go entirely unnoticed in others:
[Jhn 14:22-26 KJV] Judas saith unto him, (not Iscariot), Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you. But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.