By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
The Creation by God is well established in God's Word. The word "created" refers to the instantaneous and miraculous act of God by which He brought the universe into existence.
This creative act on the part of God was absolutely free. It was for man kind to enjoy; and benefit from, as long as man did not disallow God's creation through disfiguration by corruption, misuse or misguided actions. (Comment)
The Bible clearly teaches that the universe, and all matter, came through the will of the eternal God. Genesis 1 describes the creation of the universe as a whole, while Genesis 2 gives a detailed account of the creation of man.
Man has not even scratched the surface of the vastness of the universe or of the Creation by God. However, giant leaps have been made towards exploring such from the smallest microscopic creation of God to the vastness of space.
It is amazing as to the inventions of man; in these latter years, to discover God's Creation and attest to it! The prophet Daniel foretold that towards the end of time knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 11:4).
Scripture records that God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man become a living soul (Genesis 2:7). And He took Adam, and put him in the garden of Eden to tend it. And He said it is not good that the man should be along; I will make him a helper (Genesis 2:15-18).
The Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh; and the rib which he had taken, make he a woman, and brought her to Adam.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:21-24).
The Psalmist David spoke of the Creation by God, in saying: When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained. What is man, that you are mindful of him? And the son of man, that you pay attention to him (Psalm 8:3-4).
David exalted the Creation of the Universe: I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; that my soul knows very well (Psalm 139:14). Your mercy, O Lord is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains; your judgments are of a great ocean: O lord, you preserve man and beast (Psalm 36:5-6).
Scripture further testifies of the Creation by God: The Lord by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens (Proverbs 3:19).
Creation by God never intended mankind to get to the place; as in the pre-Flood era, when man become corrupt before God, and the earth filled with violence, to the place God said to Noah: The end of all flesh is come before me (Genesis 6:13). Such a period of time ended with Noah; a preacher of righteousness, as one of the eight souls spared when the flood came on the world of the ungodly (2 Peter 2:5).
It is amazing how far man has gone, in these latter days, to disrupt God's original intent for mankind. However, such has not gone unnoticed by God. Scripture brings it home in saying:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved to fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).
One might question as to why such a time has yet to arrive? God's Word reveals that the Lord is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night (2 Peter 3:9-10).
Scripture describes the day of the Lord in saying: The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
The elements shall melt with fervent heat could refer to a nuclear holocaust which is an extreme possibility in the violate world we live in. The destruction of the Creation by God could be with a cosmic happening or with God performing the feat, as in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities, by sending brimstone and fire out of heaven (Genesis 19:24).
Scripture reveals: Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conduct and godliness. Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Wherefore seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. Then comes the promise to the faithful: Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness (2 Peter 3:11-14).
Scripture reveals: For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers birth pangs until now (Romans 8:22). A Bible commentary noted: This refers to Adam's fall, which has caused misery from then until the present. The present sufferings of creation are the birth pangs of the new age to be born.
From the Fall, in the Garden of Eden until now, the Creation by God has been groaning over having been made subject to the curse of sin. It looks forward to the time when the curse will be lifted. Individuals can now be freed of such a curse through the previous blood of Jesus Christ; who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary for the remission of our sins (1 John 1:7).
The writer of the Book of Hebrews reveals: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself cleansed our sins, set down on the right hand of the Majesty (or Father) on high (Hebrews 1:3).
The writer is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, of His power, and position, who extends an invitation to all of mankind:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock (the door of one's heart); if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
Scripture reveals: In the beginning 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 waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:2-3).
Scripture further reveals that Jesus became the light of the world: he that follows him does not walk in darkness, but has the light of life (John 8:12). Accept His invitation; I did 40 years ago, and have been feasting at the Master's table ever since that wonderful day!
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