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By the grace of God, we have
been saved; therefore, let us each be gracious unto each
1:1'In the beginning God created the heavens and the
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
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
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?
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
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
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