There are Bible teachers who say that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are two different accounts of creation. Some even say that there is a long period of time between these chapters which allows for the standard evolutionary time frame.
However, there is a much simpler explanation which fits better with the text. Genesis 1 is a sequential, step-by-step account of creation. Genesis 2 is a complementary summary account, which also gives additional details. Continue reading →
At the pinnacle of God’s creation is mankind. Humans are exclusive among all other creatures in that they are created in the image and likeness of God.
Genesis 1:26-28 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, 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.
There has been much debate over what the “image” and “likeness” of God are. Image has to do with resemblance and likeness has to do with similar traits. Neither should be understood as relating to physical characteristics because God in His essence is spirit. (John 4:24) Rather, mental and spiritual attributes are likely the meaning. Continue reading →
Ecclesiastes12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Solomon spend a good portion of his life seeking satisfaction apart from God. He tried wine, women, and song. He tried humor, building projects, and riches. He tried everything “under the sun”. Nothing satisfied him. The book of Ecclesiastes chronicles his search. He finally concludes, as the verse above testifies, that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments. Continue reading →
I want to cover a topic that is sometimes overlooked or at least under-emphasized when discussing Bible study. That is the fact that proper interpretation is a matter of spiritual guidance, not just grammar, syntax, and context. Even a thorough knowledge of the original languages of the BIble (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) is no substitute for the active work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. Continue reading →
The Bible is a collection of writings which reveal who God is and how He relates to His creation, especially His relationship to mankind. In addition, the Bible provides us with an infallible guide for living. After all, the One who created life knows best how life should be lived. Most importantly, the Bible reveals God’s plan for mankind, particularly, His plan of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible shows us where we came from, who we are, and why we need salvation. For these reasons, the Bible is an indispensable tool for knowing God and truly living an abundant life.