Creation and Redemption
is revealed in the first verse of the Bible?
the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth. Genesis 1:1.
contrast is repeatedly drawn in the Scriptures
between the true God and false gods?
them this: These gods, who did not make
the heavens and the earth, will perish from
the earth and from under the heaven. But
God made the earth by his power; he founded the
world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens
by his understanding. When he thunders, the
waters in the heavens roar; he makes the clouds
rise from the ends of the earth. He sends
lightening with the rain and brings out the wind
from his storehouses. Everything is senseless and
without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by
his idols. His images are a fraud; they have no
breath in them. They are worthless, the objects
of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will
perish. He who is like the Portion of
Jacob is not like these, including Israel,
the tribe of his inheritance the Lord
Almighty is his name. Jeremiah 10:11-16.
(See Jeremiah 14:22; Acts 17:22-29; Revelation
whom did God work in creation?
the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. He was with
God in the beginning. Through him all things
were made; without him nothing was
made that has been made. John 1:1-3.
the Creator Redeems
God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for
us. Since we have been justified by his
blood, how much more shall we be saved from
Gods wrath through him! Romans 5:8,9.
scripture speaks of the Creator as Redeemer?
now, this is what the Lord says he who
created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O
Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed
you; I have summoned you by name; you are
mine. Isaiah 43:1.
prayer of David shows that he regarded redemption
as a creative work?
in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a
steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10.
what scripture do we learn that Christ, the
active agent in creation, is also the head of the
by him all things were created: things in
heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or authorities; all things
were created by him and for him. He is before
all things, and in him all things hold
together. And he is the head of the body,
the church; he is the beginning and the
firstborn among the dead, so that in everything
he might have the supremacy. Colossians
scripture plainly states that it is creative
power that transforms the believer?
we are Gods workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus to do the good works, which God
prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians
Upholding, Sustaining Power
keeps the heavenly bodies in their places?
up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created
all these? He who brings out the starry
host one by one, and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:
is the measure of the power that is available for
the help of the believer?
keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the
Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may
know him better. I pray also that the eyes of
your heart may be enlightened in order that you
may know the hope to which he has called you, the
riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and his incomparably great power for us who
believe. That power is like the working of his
mighty strength which he exerted in Christ when
he raised his from the dead and seated him at his
right hand in the heavenly realms.
whose agency is the universe sustained?
is before all things, and in him all things hold
together. Colossians 1:17.
statement shows that Christ sustains all things,
both material and spiritual?
for us there is but one God, the Father, from
whom all things came and whom we live; and there
is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom
all things came and through whom we live.
1 Corinthians 8:6.
Memorial and Sign
what is the Sabbath a memorial and a sign?
the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days
you shall labor and do all your work, but the
seventh day is the Sabbath to the Lord your God.
On it you shall not do any work, not you, nor
your son or daughter, nor your manservant or
maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien
within your gates. For in six days the Lord
made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all
that is in them, but he rested on the seventh
day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath
day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11.
It will be a sign between me and the
Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord
made the heavens and the earth, and on
the seventh day he abstained from work and
rested. Exodus 31:17.
creation and redemption are both wrought by the
same creative power, of what besides the original
creation was the Sabbath to be a sign?
I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they
would know that I the Lord made them holy.
Reason for Worship
is God worthy to receive glory and honor?
are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory
and honor and power, for you created
all things, and by your will they were
created and have their being.
That comparatively modern view of creation
known as evolution, which rests upon human
research rather than those divine revelation, and
which substitutes an impersonal force for a
personal Creator, overthrows the very foundation
of the gospel. Redemption is simply the new
creation, and the Creator is the Redeemer. The
Head of the original creation is the Head of the
new creation. The original creation was wrought
through Christ by the power of the word; the new
creation, or redemption, is wrought exactly the
same way. The evolution theory of creation
inevitably involves an evolution theory of the
gospel, and sets aside the truth concerning sin,
the atoning sacrifice of Christ, and the
necessity of becoming new creatures through faith
in the saving power of Christ.