As noted earlier, McDonough has prepared a fine monograph. There is much to harvest from this study, not least because McDonough dedicates ample room to the exposition of New Testament texts to show how the imagery and turns of phrase employed therein are most likely sourced from the Old Testament. Several of the chapters – in my view, the chapters on order in creation, Colossians and John especially – merit careful attention to appreciate the depth of McDonough’s insight. The final chapter, where McDonough examines the work of Irenaeus, Pannenberg, Barth et al., is useful, showing a commendable desire to integrate the fields of biblical studies and systematic theology. Yet I would also have liked McDonough himself to offer more pointed reflection on the theological issues raised by his research: Is Jesus’ messianic rule to be explicated by or within the doctrine of providence, or should providence be conceived in messianic categories? What is the nature of Jesus’ messianic rule, given that he sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for those who approach God through him? Where and in what ways does pneumatology impact Jesus’ messianic rule? Moreover, it would be intriguing to have an indication of how McDonough’s conclusions could apply to the current discussions about Jesus and election (McDonough makes a passing reference to these in his treatment of Barth, but does not offer much comment). However, to venture down these paths would require an entire series of studies, and McDonough cannot be faulted for choosing to remain focused on the objective he has set himself. Even without addressing these sorts of issues, Christ as Creator warrants a wide readership.
You'll have noticed that I do regard this book as having much potential for influencing the doctrine of providence if it's legitimate to interpret the doctrine not merely in terms of Christology, but also in messianic categories.