As previously discussed, Genesis 1 is a sequential summary of what God created on each day of the creation week. Genesis 2 provides additional details about the creation week. Likewise in Genesis 2:7-9, additional information is given about the creation of man, including the breath of life God gave him.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen. 2:7-9)
God begins the sixth day by creating land animals.
Genesis 1:24-25 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
The Hebrew word translated “creature” is nephesh. It was first used in verse 20 in reference to animals living in the water. Its basic meaning is “soul” or “life”. It should be understood as a “living being”. It is used of Adam in Genesis 2:7 after God breathed into him and brought him to life. Continue reading →
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.
Christians have an obligation to live a life of holiness in honor of their God Who is holy (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:15-16) and provided a holy sacrifice for their sins in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the only reasonable response believers have (Romans 12:1). Paul wrote of this in the Epistle to the Romans.
Romans 6:11-15 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Continue reading →