God – the Creator of the heavens and the earth
Jesus Christ and all of the prophets declared that God is the Creator of all that is – the universe (Isaiah 40:28). The Creator is the One who makes things out of nothing. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). All things originated from Him (Jeremiah 10:16; James 1:17; Revelation 10:6).
The story of creation is recorded in Genesis 1. It says that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” “In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” and He rested on the seventh day (Genesis 1:1,2; Exodus 20:8-11; Revelation 10:6). The blessing on the seventh day meant that it was set as a special object of divine favor and a day that would bring blessing to God’s creatures.
When God made the heavens and the earth, He spoke it into existence (Genesis 1:11–16). But when He created human beings, He formed the man of clay. And He breathed His own life into that man, and “man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). Then, He formed the woman from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:21). God created for humans a most beautiful and pleasant garden. Every species of vegetation that could minister to his needs and his pleasure was made. Also, multitudes of animals were created for their companionship and usefulness.
God created humans for fellowship
God created humans “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). That means human beings are more like God in character. For humans have minds and can reason (Isaiah 1:18). Also, they have a free will and can choose good or evil (Joshua 24:15). And they also have emotions (Proverbs 12:25). And they are called to reflect God’s character in their lives (2 Corinthians 4:6).
The Creator created humans for fellowship. The Bible tells us, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). And this fellowship is through the Redeemer (John 1:1,14). For He became the link between the Holy God and fallen humanity (1 Timothy 2:5). God gave this same desire for fellowship to humans. And He gave them the ability to procreate and have children to love and be loved by them (Genesis 3:8–9; Jeremiah 29:12).
Creator and Redeemer
Humans were deceived by Satan and chose to rebel against God and thus were sentenced to eternal death (Genesis 3). But in infinite mercy, the Lord planned a way of redemption by allowing the Son of God to bear the penalty of human’s sin which is death. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Through the plan of salvation, every person that chooses to follow the Lord, accepts Christ’s death on his behalf and walks as He walked can be saved eternally (John 1:12). Thus, God became both the Creator and Redeemer of mankind (Isaiah 44:24). There is no greater love than that (John 13:15).
Because God created everything, everything is His (Exodus 19:5; Psalm 50:12). However, He gives humans the freedom to choose Him or reject Him. And with the choices, there are consequences. “I call heaven and earth as witness this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). The wise person will certainly choose his loving Creator that he may enjoy living forever with Him (Psalm 78:39; 103:14; Romans 9:20).
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