Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Creation: A lost doctrine

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
One of the simplest, most straight forward, and unambiguous statements in the Bible. If this fact were not so then the entire Bible and the Gospel itself fall apart and become meaningless. There are many other Scriptures that repeat this statement, John 1:1-3 states that the creation was done by the Lord Jesus (V. 3); Col. 1:16 repeats this same teaching, as does Eph. 3:9, Heb. 1:2 & 11:3, Job 38 and Psa. 90:2. There are dozens-hundreds-of other verses that attest to God, through Christ having spoken the heavens and the earth into existence. If our God did not create all that is, then where did it all come from? A pond of primordial goo or perhaps another being, or was it just chance or fate? We have been instructed by the world for all of our life to pick any of the above scenarios except the one so simple stated in Gen 1:1. To the world, it is anything but recognizing Almighty God as the Creator of life and all that exists.

For today's "evangelical" who may tepidly believe that God is the Creator there are a few things presented by unbelievers to sway them away the Scriptures. There is the theory of "theistic evolution" which cannot be proven even to the slightest degree because the basis for this heresy is Darwin's nonsense of evolution. There is zero evidence for any of Darwin's lies. Another strikes at the seven days of creation---six days of work and one day of rest. We have been indoctrinated to think that this could not possibly have been 24 hour days, yet this assumption is based on nothing more than an attempt to bring into question the veracity of the Word of God and His Character as one who cannot lie (Num. 23:19). These fantasies of lost men have done damage to many, but the real damage comes from within, from a heart of unbelief that would rather keep the god they worship small and manageable, easy on the palate, causing no discomfort to a rebellious heart. Believing that our Father, through His Son, IS our Creator makes us small and insignificant, a nothing, a breathe, a fading flower, and worthless. Yet all of this-our nothingness-gives God all the glory due His Name when our eyes are opened to know that He is the Creator. He not only created heaven and earth, but He created the believer anew in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). Great care should be taken as to where the heart is in relation to the Genesis account of Creation. John is very outspoken concerning this as seen in John 5:46 & 47. "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for He wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" Do you think that the Holy Spirit will allow a believer to hold to the Darwinian lies in any form, to say that the creation was not seven literal 24 hour days and not bring conviction to the contrary? If the days were not 24 hours long then He would have told us this (John 14:2), because our Lord does not lie, nor purposefully mislead His people, yet the world requires that we call His Word a lie by not believing what He said. Throw out Genesis 1, 2, & 3 and there is no Gospel, for it was Genesis 3 where the Lord first preached the Gospel.

A genuine believer will always rejoice that His Father created all that is. The pretenders will find any excuse to believe anything but the creation account of Genesis and all the other Scriptures that plainly state facts about the Creation. Being Creator is one of God's Attributes, unique to Him, found in no other. This Attribute has become a focal point of increasing attacks in recent years. According to Rom. 1:18-32 it is the denial of God as Creator that begins the wrath of God against those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness and who prefer idols of any description to replace God. What an apt description of America and the rest of today's world.

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