04 January 2013

The God of All Creation

I recent days I wrote about things of the end of the world (which, in case you hadn't noticed, did not happen on 21 December). More recently I have embarked on a little thinking on the beginning.

God is the Creator. He made what is. In Isaiah 44, we read "Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: 'I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself...'" This is a proclamation of God's creative activity (an excellent treatment of this is found in A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, Dr. Robert L. Reymond, pp. 184-191. Heck, read the whole book!).

God is zealous to have us understand that He is the founder of all things. It's important that we have this as a foundational awareness. This is even more necessary as we contemplate how far society has come from accepting these basic truths. Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis, writes,
The devastating effect that evolutionary humanism has had on society, and even the church, makes it clear that everyone—including Christians—needs to return to the clear teachings of Scripture and Genesis and acknowledge Christ as our Creator and Saviour. In fact, Genesis has the answer to many of the problems facing the compromising church and questioning world today.
So, contemplating this Creator, let's look (very briefly) at  
"Things We Must Understand About The God of Creation."  

God Himself is not a created thing – although it is claimed by many that primitive man dreamed Him up to explain things they didn’t understand. One religion, which is making claims to be mainstream evangelical, holds that God, the Father, was once a man and grew up to be God. Here are two major understandings of God’s existence.

1. He is. Look at Revelation 1:8. To John, the writer of Revelation, and to us, God almighty declares that He exists – and always did. There are all sorts of arguments for the existence of God, they’re called by names such as the ontological argument, the First Cause Argument, the Moral Argument, and the Argument from Design. These are, perhaps, food for discussion at another time. For now, I have the Bible. I have come to believe it. It has never been proved to be wrong. God is.

2. He Was.  Back to Genesis 1:1. God had to be there before the creation  in order to be the creator. Isn't that logical? Want more? Read the following,  1 Corinthians 2:7;  Ephesians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:1-2;  Jude 25. (said that it would be brief!).

So, here’s where we begin – at the beginning. In the beginning God. There was nothing that preceded God. Nothing created God. He said “I am.” He is in constant state of existence. If we actually give that some thought, it can be hard to grasp. There was a time when there was no time; but there never was a time when there was no God! Mind boggling. That’s because He is God. 

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