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By the grace of God, we have been saved; therefore, let us each be gracious unto each other.

  Creation

Genisis 1:1'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth'. A straight forword statement that answers three basic questions. When did this take place? At the onset of all things, at the beginning of time. Who was the creator? God. What did He create? All things invisible or intangeable, and all things that are visible and tangeable.
Genisis1:2 'The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.''The earth was without form and void'; does this statement only include the physical creation, or does the statement include all of creation? I ask this because the chapter goes on to describe the heavens being formed by the separation of the waters, v6. I tend to believe that it points to all of creation, mainly because of the next part of v2; 'and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.' God knew before creation, that sin was going to become a factor within creation. The bible likens sin to darkness many times, and water to life. If this be true then v2 states that before anything was created, God thought creation through, and took into account all the problems that were to occur, and made plans ahead of time to remedy all these problems. Which then makes greater sense out of v3.
Genisis 1:3'And God said;"Let there be Light"; and there was light'. Then the very first act of creation was God placing His grace, His presence, His redeeming power, Himself, actually, into that which He is about to create. Hence that makes Jesus, who is the Light; 'The firstborn of all creation'.
Genisis 1:4'And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.' It was a good thing that God set out His plan of redemption, and now God separates all that He will redeem, from all that are not redeemed, the devil and those who would rather follow Satan's lies instead of God's word.
Genisis 1:5 'God called the light Day, and the darkness , He called Night. And there was evening and morning, one day.' Many times in the bible the day and night comparisons are made. One stands out for me when Jesus tells His disciples; John 12:35,36 'The light is with you a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.' Also taking into consideration Jesus words in the parable of the sower; Matthew 13:24-31 & 37-43, the understanding is that the separation of 'good and evil' doesn't take place until the last day. If this is the case then, the Genisis time span of the first day would have to span all of created time.
Let us go to Genisis 2:1,2,3 'Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had done, and rested from all His work which He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had done in creation. The question is; has God finished all His work, and is He resting? God, today seems to be very active in the world. He still redeems, He still heals. He still blesses. How then is He at rest? Not till after all the host of heaven is redeemed and gathered, does God rest. Are we not destined to become part of the heavenly host? Are we not still here on earth, waiting for Christ's return?

Genisis 1:6,7,8 'And God said,"Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so.And God called the firmament heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.'
The firmament which separates the waters is called heaven, which I take to mean- the spiritual realm or dimention in which we all live . That arena Paul refers to as the heavenly places. That in which the spiritual battle is taking place. What then are the waters? Looking at the ancient Jewish concept of bodies of water being the place of being separated from God, Jonah was saved from the sea. David calling out to God, not to be cast into the deep. Even the concept of baptism, submersion in water symbolizing death. If this is so then the waters under the firmament is separation from God, and the waters above the firmament is communion with God, or being in the presence of God.
Genisis 1:9 'And God said,"Let the waters under the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.'
God created the earth from that which was outside of the Grace of God, That spiritual realm that was to become the princedom of Satan, bluntly sin. Even what He created out of sin, is good. This is confirmed in that God's redemptive plan is to 'draw all things unto Himself'. How wonderful is our God that He can take a sinner such as I and make me fit for His Kngdom!

Genisis 1: 26, 27 'Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air,and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created man in His image, in the image of God, He created him: male and female He created them.
Genisis 2: 7"-then the Lord formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breathe of life; and man became a living being."

The first question that needs to be answered is, 'What is the image of God?'. I don't think I'll have any arguments in saying that the 'image of God is spirit'. Then the question is,'What differenciates humans from all other animals? Biblicaly, it is spirit. No other animal has a spirit. Spirit is what makes a person a 'living' being.It is because of having a spirit, that God was willing to give 'man' dominion over all other beings on the earth. It is only by spirit that people are able to communicate with God; and it is through this communication, that God puts His trust in peoples ability to administer the responsibilities of having 'dominion'. Now, I have absolutely no doubt that God created mankind purposefully, uniquely, and for a specific purpose. The main purpose being, to worship God and enjoy Him forever. Part of that worship is being stewards of God's creation. Also, mankind plays a fundamental role in being a link in the redemption plan of 'Drawing all things unto Himself'.
I have extreme difficulty in excepting 'the big bang theory' of creation; it makes absolutely no sense at all; because everything must have a source. I have great difficulty in excepting evolution's theory that, all present animals originated in some bog somewhere, and that birds evolved from dinasours, and elephants evolved from whales, and especially that man evolved from monkeys. That said, if evolution in some form where to become a scientific fact, I do not believe that it would contradict the bibles account of creation. I do, though, except 'micro' evolution; that enviroment has an effect on developement. I do not believe that environment changes the species.
I wonder though, if God hadn't created the human 'form' first. An intelligent creation that learned to farm, and fish, and herd cattle, and after mankind became established, God placed His spirit within him. It has merit when one considers where the children of Adam and Eve found thier mates. It also answers the question about the land of giants or wild people.

I've set out my thoughts, what are yours?

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father; Jesus Christ The Righteous; and He is the propitiation for our sin.

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