Land Appears, Plants Made

God is purposeful and organized in all He does.  After creating the firmament, He makes the next thing necessary for His plan–dry land.

Genesis 1:9-10  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.  10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

The words “one place” do not necessarily mean that there was one body of water since “seas” later in the verse is plural.  The idea is that the land and seas would be distinct from each other.  Each would have its place in the world. Continue reading

In the Beginning

I’m starting a Bible study on the book of Genesis, so I’m going to post some thoughts as I make my way through the book.

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

First, there was a beginning to everything.  Scientists are still debating this, although it appears that most are leaning toward there being a beginning.  Regardless, the One who was there provides a detailed record of what happened.  There was a beginning. Continue reading

Christians Are Dead?

Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

In this passage, Christians (i.e. those who are “risen with Christ”) are told to keep their focus on heaven and not Earth.  Then we read something rather strange.  Paul writes, “For ye are dead…”  Huh?  I thought we were made “alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11)  What does it mean that we are dead!

When we read the word “dead” in the Scriptures, it needs to be understood as “separated”.  Death is always a separation.  Physical death is a separation of our spiritual part from our physical body.  Spiritual death is the separation of a person from God.  We are told in Romans 6:2 that believers are “dead to sin”, which in context means separated from its penalty, and by extension, its power. When one is dead to something, the thing in question has no power.

So in the passage above, believers are dead to the things of this world.  Therefore, the things of the world should not be our focus.  The life of the believer is “hid with Christ in God.”  It is “hid” in the sense that it cannot be found on the Earth.  It is where Christ is, and that is in heaven.  Christian need to keep looking to Him.

The Beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

I thought it would be good to start off the beginning New Year with a verse on the beginning.  This foundational verse reveals much to us about our world and God.

First, God exists.  The Bible does not try to prove God’s existence, but rather assumes His existence as evidenced by His creation (Psalm 19:1) and revelation of Himself (Colossians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16).

Second, God existed before the universe was created.  He was there before the beginning.  He is eternal in His very nature and is separate from His creation (transcendent).

Third, God created all that exists, including the celestial bodies and life on Earth.  As is shown in the remainder of Genesis 1, macro-evolution is untrue.  God created the different kinds of living creatures; they did not evolve from lower forms of life.  The biological processes which are observed today are those which were there in the beginning.  Living creatures reproduce after their own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25).

Fourth, there was a beginning.  God set everything in order.  Although mankind chose sin rather than obedience, God had a plan of salvation through Jesus Christ to deliver us from our sin and renew all things to their original perfection.

Romans 8:21-25 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

This is the ending that God has in store for us started with His beginning in Genesis 1:1.