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The First Word

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Pastor's Monthly Pen

February

     The other day I was watching an Old Testament Bible instructor speaking about the creation narrative in Genesis, chapters one and two. He said there are not two creation stories – Genesis, chapter one is the creation story, and chapter two simply expounds on the creation story found in chapter one. He went on and said everything that was created, was created for mankind. Everything created was created for our benefit.

      I’ve always thought that we were given dominion over all the earth (From Genesis 1:27-28: 27 So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God, He created them; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”). We carelessly allowed Satan to reign over the earth through mankind’s decision to sin by obeying Satan rather than God in chapter 3 (Jesus Himself calls Satan the 'ruler of this world' in John 16:11.). I also always held that angels surround believers in order to protect and guide us (Mathew 18:10: “See that you do not look down on any of these little ones; for I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Also, Psalm 91:11: “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.). And we all know that Christ came as a sacrifice for humankind in order to allow us to find salvation despite our affinity to sinfulness. But what if everything – and I mean everything – was done for humankind?

     Let’s look at Colossians 1:15-16: 15 “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him.”

      So, if we put it all together, we can plainly see that everything on earth was created for us to govern or manage or have dominion over – even though we messed it up, it was created for us. God uses angels to minister to us. God’s own Son created everything for Himself, and He knew before creating anything that He would have to give His life for our mistakes. Is there anything worth more than the life of God’s own Son? And God’s Son replies, yes.

     In this world we were created a little lower than the angels (Psalm 91). But God uses the angels to minister to us (Hebrews 1). Angels are lower than the Son of God. But God used His Son to give us another chance at eternal life with Him. Scriptures tell us what we shall be like is different than what we are now: 1 John 3:2 New King James Version (NKJV) “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

     I don’t know what we will be or what things will be like, I do know that God loves us a whole lot more than we deserve to be loved. This doesn’t make me prideful; instead, it humbles me and makes me want to do more and more for Him and His Kingdom.

                    See ya’ Sunday, and every day – on the internet owww.facebook.com/timthepastor.

                                                                  All glory and honor to God. Peace and blessings

                                                          Tim

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