Did Jesus evolve?

Many years ago when God called me, my wife and I joined a small church.  Coming out of a background of zero knowledge of either God or the Bible, some things puzzled me.  How could I be sure the Bible was the words of God?  Another  problem was… Jesus.  It baffled me where He came from?  Later I just decided He must have fallen out of heaven.  Or He evolved.  

With time came more insight.  God already introduced His Son in the first few chapters of Genesis 1-11:9.  Personally I doubted if the Garden of Eden and Satan’s entry into it could be explained by evolution.     

Besides that, Jesus was part of the eternal Triune God.  The reason for Him to become Son of Man made sense:

  • Sin and rebellion entered the world through the deceit of the devil,

“You will not surely die, ‘the serpent [Satan] said to the woman.’” Genesis 3:4.  

Satan deceived Adam and Eve.  Expelled from the Garden, sin became part of life.  Cain, their eldest child, became the first ‘convert’ of Satan.  God warned him, 

‘But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door.  It desires to have you, but you must master it.’  Genesis 4:7b

Cain could not master sin.  Humans cannot resist the cleverness of the devil.  

  • God came to the rescue.  Someone, in the image of man, would be our Deliverer,

‘He [Seed of the woman, Jesus] will crush your [Serpent’s, Satan’s] head and you will strike His heel.’  Genesis 3:15b

Jesus would be the Saviour to redeem us from the power of the devil,

‘The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.’  1 John 3:8

God already hinted at the Great Escape from the dungeons of the devil in what He did for Adam and Eve, 

‘The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.’ Genesis 3:21

God Himself made the clothes and dressed them.  It is a remarkable reference to salvation through the shedding of blood – a vivid picture of God’s grace and mercy. 

The lesson for me? 

Jesus did not fall out of the air.  He did not evolve.  God in His wisdom planned it all before creation,

‘He [Jesus] was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.’  1 Peter 1:20

Glory! 

Are the 66 books God’s Word?

As a young believer I was given a Bible, told to read it, and pray.  That was it.  Nobody attempted to give me any kind of Bible lessons, or an introductory course to help me understand what that intimidating Book was about.  

The Holy Spirit taught me to begin, as with any other ordinary book, at the beginning of the Bible.  The first verse is, 

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  Genesis 1:1

It forcefully struck me that everything came to exist solely by the words God spoke:  

“And God said, ‘Let there by light, and there was light.'” Genesis 1:3

I saw that, ‘And God said’ occurs 8 more times in Genesis 1:6,9,11,14,20,22,24,26. 

As I continued to read and study, I found many more details that embroidered on that miraculous beginning.  For example, Psalm 148:5 says,

‘Let them [creation] praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.’ 

Throughout the Bible there are more details that God Created with words.  In the New Testament in a book by the apostle Peter, I read,   

‘But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.’  2 Peter 3:5

What I began to understand was that God, in a sense, ‘scatters’ information about a subject across the books of the Bible.  OK, so I knew I had to seek God and His plan in all 66 books.

Then my next problem arose (it seemed to me as if I was born a doubter).   Was the Bible really the Word of God?  The sentence in a book I read, ‘The Bible is the product of man, not of God,’ had a powerful impact on me.  So how could I be sure it is God who speaks through the 66 books?  It sent me to dig deeper into the Scriptures to see how God answers that one…. 

The Pilgrim’s Treasure, Part 3 of 3

In Part 1 and 2, I pondered… if I was forced to leave my home and possessions and could only take one article along, what would it be?  Without a doubt, it is my Bible because it is a super special book.  Psalm 138:2b says, ‘for You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.’  In this blog I want to continue with the reasons for my decision.

#  The Bible has a supernatural Author.

‘You [God] spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David…’ 1  God spoke through the Holy Spirit to David.  Then David wrote down what God wanted him to.  

  • In this sci-fi age we could say the Bible contains the words of an ‘Extra Terrestrial Highly Intelligent Being.’  It is a unique claim, that an invisible Being, called the Holy Spirit, was behind the different writers.   
  • Does it mean that the writers were sort of automatons that wrote what was dictated to them?  No, they all retained their individual characteristic styles.  There is not an adequate human explanation for it.  Maybe the best explanation is that it was like the inspiration of Shakespeare or many writers, just on a heavenly level. 
  • The Bible is a unique book.  None like it has ever appeared in history, and none ever will,  ‘ …the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.’ 2

#  The Bible explains the opposition of the world  

  • If the Bible is a supernatural book and not the work of the human writers only, it should have the stamp of God’s authenticity on it, and it has.  
  • For example, in the Garden of Eden, Satan appeared on the scene.  He directly contradicted God’s command to Adam and Eve.  God told them, if they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, ‘THEY WOULD SURELY DIE.’ 3  The devil, in the form of that ancient serpent, told Eve, ‘YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE’ and she obeyed him instead of God. 4 
  • That direct opposition to God’s commands, has become embedded in humanity: people increasingly reject, contradict and question Biblical truths.

#  The Bible warns us about a final judgement.

  • At the end of this age (when earth will have been destroyed by humans, and God takes over), there will be a final judgment.  It will be based on our reactions to God’s message in the Bible.  
  • It means that there should be only one ‘Constitution’ or Law book on which the Court will base its decisions.   Whether a person lived in 500 or 2000 AD, the Book remained the same.  Otherwise there cannot be justice.

Conclusion

I just love it that the Lord speaks to me personally in Scripture, and of course to my wife and to all who trust Him.  What a miracle that the Almighty God will stoop down and speak to us, ‘…have you not read what God said to you….’  5 

References

  1. Acts 4:25  
  2. Psalm 12:6  
  3. Genesis 2:16-17  
  4. Revelation 12:9; Genesis 3:4  
  5. Matthew 22:31
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