CHRIST IN CREATION
WHAT is revealed concerning God in the first verse of the Bible?
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen- esis 1:1.
What contrast is repeatedly drawn in the Scriptures between the true God and false gods?
"Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. . . . The portion of Jacob is not like them: for He is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of His inheritance: The Lord of hosts is His name." Jeremiah 10:11-16. (See Jeremiah 14:22; Acts 17:22-29; Revelation 14:6-10.)
Through whom did God work in creating all things?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3.
THE CREATOR CHRIST REDEEMS
Through whom is redemption wrought?
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." Romans 5:8, 9.
What scripture shows that the Creator is also the Redeemer?
"But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, 0 Jacob, and He that formed thee, 0 Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine." Isaiah 43:1.
What prayer of David shows that he regarded redemption as a creative work?
"Create in me a clean heart, 0 God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalms 51:10
In what scripture do we learn that Christ, the active agent in creation, is also the head of the church?
"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence." Colossians 1:16-18.
What scripture plainly states that it is creative power which transforms the believer?
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10.
THE CREATOR'S UPHOLDING, SUSTAINING POWER
Who keeps the heavenly bodies in their places?
"To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth." Isaiah 40:25, 26.
What can the same Holy One do for the believer?
"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceed- ing joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, do- minion and power, both now and ever. Amen." Jude 24, 25.
What is the measure of the power which is available for the help of the believer?
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowl- edge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places." Ephesians 1:17-20,
Who is declared to be the source of power to the weak?
"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary ? there is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He in- creaseth strength." Isaiah 40:28, 29. Through whose agency is the material universe sustained? "And He [Christ] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17, R.V., margin. What statement shows that all things, both material and spiritual, are sustained by the same personal agency? "But to us there is . . . one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him." 1 Corinthians 8:6.
GOD'S MEMORIAL AND SIGN
Of what great work is the Sabbath both a memorial and a sign?
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20: 8-11. "It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed." Exodus 31:17.
Inasmuch as creation and redemption are both wrought by the same creative power, of what besides the original creation was the Sabbath given to be a sign?
"Moreover also I gave them My sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them." Ezekiel 20:12.
THE REASON FOR WORSHIP
Why is God worthy to receive glory and honor?
"Thou art worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11.
NOTE.—That comparatively modern view of creation known as evolution, which rests upon human research rather than upon 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 in 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.
ABOUT THE APE MAN
For a long time now men have been seeking to find a missing link— a creature about half man and half beast. They cannot produce him in the laboratory of breeding. They have never found a single bone or fossil of this so-called original ancestor, the supposed common ancestor of the gorilla, orangutan, gibbon, and chimpanzee, and of man. Posing specimens are mere pretensions. Great scientists know it and say it. It is a pitiful fact that millions believe in the missing-link phantom, and the religious faith of many has been thrust through by the prongs of this fallacy. What man needs today is not to discover a missing link to connect him with beasts, but to find in glorious experience that great connecting link between man and God, even our Lord Jesus Christ, who came and lived and died that we might be restored to fellowship with the Creator of all things.
"FRAIL children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies, how tender! how firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!"
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