SOUND WORDS, October 4, 2020

SOUND WORDS, October 4, 2020

In the Beginning: God

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NKJV) The power and intellect of the God of Creation is already apparent. Much of God’s nature is also revealed by creation. Creation is a testament to God’s glory. The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. (Psalms 19:1-3 NKJV) Creation also reveals God’s righteousness. The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory. (Psalms 97:6 NKJV) The scope, beauty and complexity of creation demands that God be honored for His work and ability. Its order and natural laws speak to God’s righteousness. Creation is obliged to praise the Creator.

On the other hand, creation has no right to question the laws imposed by the Creator. Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? (Isaiah 29:16 NKJV) But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? (Romans 9:20-21 NKJV) The Creator is always right, always righteous. Creation is obliged to accept the station assigned by the Creator.

One must also conclude from creation that God is eternal. God predated the beginning. The creation noted the beginning of time. Therefore, God is timeless. Additionally, the Creator is of greater rank and authority than the creation. This demands the conclusion that there is a Godhood or Godship, attributes belonging to God alone. This is the argument made in the letter to the Romans. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21 NKJV) Creation is obliged to obey the Creator.

Ultimately scripture reveals three distinct persons comprising the Godhood. The Spirit of God is mentioned in chapter 1, verse 2. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2 NKJV) A plurality of persons is revealed in verse 26. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26 NKJV)

Another of those persons is named the Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3 NKJV) This same Word became a man whom we know as Jesus. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NKJV) God the Father and the Word, as Son, were roles to which each agreed. (Hebrews 1:5)

Speaking of Jesus, the Son of God; He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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 1:15-16 NKJV) The gospel is the edict of our righteous Creator. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV)

Obedient believers were designed for good works. We are intended to be righteous just as God is righteous. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV) For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20 NKJV)

Praise God. Submit to God. Obey God. Glorify God.

Ken Fleeman (10/4/2020)

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