The Creator - Our Heavenly Father
God alone conceived, designed, and ordered life—all of it, from man to the earth to the entire universe. Only His mind could conceive it; only His power could create it; and only His ability could achieve it.
This is truly amazing, but what astonishes me is that He, the creator of it all, should want a relationship with me.
The Bible teaches that God wanted a family and that He has chosen us, the members of the Body of Christ, and He has sealed us in Christ to forever be a part of His Royal Family. When we really grasp this we will never again deal with feelings of inadequacy or inferiority.
The interrelationship of the Father with His family is the very core of Christianity. Christianity is the way of a Father with His family. We are forevermore members of God's family and of His royal household.
True Christianity is not a religion. Religion is about what man brings in his hands to God, Christianity is about what God brings to man through Christ. True Christianity is not philosophy either. Philosophy is man’s wisdom. The German word for “philosophy” is Weltweisheit. Welt means “world”; Weisheit is “wisdom.” “World wisdom” is philosophy. Christianity is not worldly wisdom, for Christ is the wisdom of God in true Christianity (1 Corinthians 1:24).
Not only is Christianity not a religion or a philosophy, it is also not a theology. Theology is the “science of God.” For man to explain God would be like having the Model T explain Henry Ford. Man cannot begin to describe the fullness of God’s nature and ability. So Christianity could not be a science of God. True Christianity is about the union of the Creator of the universe and His beloved children, in Christ.
As a matter of fact, the more profoundly phenomena have been studied by scientists and scientific philosophers the more gloriously have shown out the truths... that God has busied Himself through untold ages in preparing for the advent of Christ, that men and women could become the members of God's royal family, with Christ as the head over all things, and God himself filling all in all. This has been the grand goal of His creative endeavors for this universe in which we live. The ultimate insult to God's creative thought is that all of His prolonged preparation was merely to render comfortable a short-lived and low-planed animal existence; that God's patient approach for carrying out His plan could have been for a consummation so inconsequential and unworthy as simply the fulfillment of selfish and temporal desires.
Blind chance was not the author of life. Explore the mineral kingdom; explore the animal kingdom; explore the vegetable kingdom. From the lowest to the highest, there are marks that specifically call our attention to the superbly conceived reality of that which we observe. Some great design, some great intelligence confronts us everywhere we look in the realm of creation. We can always see an intelligent purpose behind this realm, which was brought about by some type of consistent power.
Take a microscope, even a low-powered one. Focus under its lens an eyeglass, for example. You would see some imperfections in the glass, although perhaps only a few. Next, focus a high-powered microscope on the same eyeglass. You will find that the more high-powered the microscope, the greater the imperfections that will be seen in the glass. There are imperfections in anything man-made.
This example of the eyeglass demonstrates a principle. The more high-powered the microscope used to observe the works of man, the more imperfect the object appears. On the other hand, the more high-powered the microscope used to look upon something that God formed or made, the more perfect and orderly it appears. The closer the scrutiny of truth revealed through the Bible, the more obvious become its beauty and perfection. It is only a man who uses a poor microscope who never sees the greatness of God’s Word in the Scriptures. He does not observe it to see its perfection.
The good news from God about His son Jesus Christ (most specifically his accomplished work at Calvary and the results) is for all believers the blue-print of creation. God’s plan of life to the last finishing touch is intricately set forth in the greatness of the gospel revealed throughout the Apostle Paul's letters. But a person must be born again to understand the incredible spiritual truths contained therein, and be willing to renew his or her mind to the truths, rather than accept man’s opinions, religions, philosophies, and theologies.
- 1 Corinthians 2:14a: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God..."
If natural man does not receive spiritual things from God, then he does not have them. No matter how sincere the natural man looks, no matter how highly educated he may be, or how sensitive, intelligent, and tolerant, he is still a natural man; and the natural man simply cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God...
- 1 Corinthians 2:14b: “for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
The senses man may learn a great deal about the universe in which he lives, but he cannot learn very much about the Creator of that universe. The natural man may see structural design in the universe, but he will never be able to see the Intelligence behind all creation: God. A person can look at a watch and observe that there must be some kind of intelligence behind it. A natural man can do the same with the universe. But the natural man can never personally know the one true God or understand spiritual matters because this takes being born again of God's spirit.
The question “Why creation?” is the first question answered in the Bible for a person who truly wants to understand God in relation to himself (or herself) or the world in relation to himself (or herself) or the universe in relation to himself (or herself). The highest sounding of theologies has never given us a reason for creation. Theology, because it lacks a foundation, simply suspends a massive structure of thought and opinion in midair. Theology has given us several cosmological arguments for the existence of God, but it has not given us the simply-stated Biblical answer.
Theologians, for the most part, have found more pleasure in abstract theology than in personal dealings with God through Christ. They have found more joy in metaphysics than in divine revelation. Most theologians have founded their positions upon the opinions of men rather than on the Bible. Theologies and philosophies need constant revitalizing in order to survive. Truth is eternal. Have you ever met a person who was considering revising mathematical tables? Why not? Because they need no revision. Theories, including Darwin’s, must constantly be revised and updated. The first three chapters of Genesis have been scoffed at for centuries, and yet it is those first three chapters that begin to truly answer the question “Why creation?” To see the purpose of the universe, we must look at the first chapter of Genesis.
- Genesis 1:14: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament [the expanse] of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.
Without those lights in the firmament, the earth would have no days and nights, or seasons and years.
- Verse 15: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
The earth was not made to give light to the universe or even to itself; the “lights in the firmament of the heaven" were made to give light to the earth.
- Verses 16 and 17: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.
Notice that up to this point the earth is God’s central focus in His creative plan. Up to this point in Genesis 1, everything was made for the earth.
- Verses 18 and 19: And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Many years ago when I was reading E.W. Kenyon’s The Father and His Family, I became totally absorbed in considering his insight about creation, and I would like to share a passage from his book with you now. He noted the record of a well-known astronomer who was discussing with his son the influence of the heavenly bodies on the earth. The following is what the astronomer said to his son: "I have noticed that at certain times the Earth is lifted out of her orbit or path by an unseen body lying beyond the reach of our most powerful telescope. If ever they build a larger telescope, I wish you would go and search the heavens to find out what it is that so affects this planet of ours." Kenyon then goes on to say,
"When the great Lick Observatory was reared with its powerful telescope this son traveled across sea and continent, and one clear night turned the great telescope against the dark space in the heavens where this unseen, uncharted planet reached down its mighty hand and gripped the Earth. After gazing awhile, suddenly there appeared a tiny speck of light; it was a star swinging in its giant orbit away out on the frontier of the Universe. He saw the star that had so strangely affected the earth. It was millions of miles beyond the farthest star that the human eye had ever seen. Yet, this giant star sweeping on its great orbit came regularly every few years close enough to our planet, so that it could reach its mighty hand of gravitation down through the unmeasured space and grip our little earth and lift it out of its orbit.
As a ship on the ocean responds to the slightest touch of the helm, our Earth responds to the touch of that distant sentinel and veers swiftly out of its course; then when the planet’s grip is loosed, back into its path it comes and goes rhythmically on its way.This establishes one fact: that there is neither planet, nor sun, nor moon, nor star in all the vast universe but has its influence upon this little planet of ours.
How it thrills the heart to realize that this Earth of ours, so small that one thousand of them can be lost in the sun, is the center and reason for the Universe. Tonight this old Earth of ours is being held as safely in the embrace of those uncounted and uncharted planets as a child in its mother’s arms.
The heavens are tonight Earth’s only perfect timepiece; no watch or clock ever built by man can give us perfect time; but he who knows the path of the stars knows that every star, or sun, or planet will pass a certain given point in the great unpathed space on schedule time. The star may not have been seen for thousands of years, but she will appear at the crossroads of the heavens not one second ahead nor one second behind her schedule.
Oh! the wonder of the Architect, the marvel of the Creator, the might of the Sustainer of this great universe of ours! If the Earth is the reason for the stellar heavens, what is the reason for the Earth? Before the Morning Stars sang their first anthem to the heart of the lonely Father God, before the foundations of the Earth were laid, before the first rays of light ever passed through the dark expanse, the heart of the great Creator God had a yearning, deep, mighty, eternal. It was the primordial passion for children.The Father heart of the Creator God longed for sons and daughters. This yearning passion took form, and God planned a universe for His Man, and in the heart of that universe He purposed a Home. When Love laid the foundations of this mighty universe, He planned, He purposed it all to be the Home of His Man. It was to be Man‘s birthplace, Man’s Garden of Delight, Man’s University where he would learn to know his Father God."
Genesis 1 reveals that the earth was made to support the physical part of man.
- Genesis 1:28-30: And God blessed them [Adam and Eve], and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
The earth was designed to physically support man. God made the earth for man. The heavenly bodies, the animals, the fruit of the trees—these were all made for man. The reason for the earth is man. So then what is the reason for man?
- Ephesians 1:4-6: According as He [God] hath chosen us in him [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him [God] in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself [God], according to the good pleasure of His [God's] will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He [God] hath made us accepted in the beloved [Christ].
Scriptures proclaim that the earth is the reason for the universe, man is the reason for the earth, and God is the reason for man. Why did God do all this? The reason is very simple: God wanted children to love Him—not by compulsion, not out of necessity, but because of their desire to do so. God so loved that He gave His Only Begotten Son, so that we in turn can love Him and live our lives with Him. God’s heart yearns for children. He craves sons and daughters who will freely love Him. Before God had children, He had angels to minister to Him as servants. But He still wanted children. So with love’ s wonderful, guiding hand, He prepared the earth and the heavens for His children.
- Ephesians1:5-13 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children [sonship] by Jesus Christ to Himself [God], according to the good pleasure of His [God's] will, To the praise of the glory of His [God's] grace, wherein He [God] hath made us accepted in the beloved [Christ]. In whom [Christ] we have redemption through his [Christ's] blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His [God's] grace; Wherein He [God] hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of His [God's] will, according to His [God's] good pleasure which He [God] hath purposed in Himself [God]: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He [God] might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him [Christ]: In whom [Christ] also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated [predetermined] according to the purpose of Him [God] who worketh all things after the counsel of His [God's] own will: That we should be to the praise of His [God's] glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom [Christ] ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom [Christ] also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise [the gift of holy spirit]...
- Ephesians 1:17-23 ...That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him [God]: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His [God's] calling, and what the riches of the glory of His [God's] inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of His [God's] power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His [God's] mighty power, Which He [God] wrought in Christ, when He [God] raised him [Christ] from the dead, and set him [Christ] at His [God's] own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And [God] hath put all things under his [Christ's] feet, and gave him [Christ] to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his [Christ's] body, the fullness of Him [God] that filleth all in all.
We are the culmination of God’s dream because in Christ we are His family, Jesus Christ himself being the first born among many brethren [Romans 8:29]. The universe was made for the earth. The earth was made for us. We were made for God. He is our Father Who loves us.
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