The exceptional position of man in God’s creation

The Bible opens with the statement, 

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

God created it in six days.  On the final day He created man, 

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule….’  So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.’  Genesis 1:26-27

God’s whole creation was excellent and perfect,

‘God saw all He had made, and it was very good.’  Genesis 1:31a 

God’s creation emphasis on man

  1. Man is like God.  The passage repeats four times that God created man and woman in His image or likeness.  God emphasised how special man was with the expanded version of Genesis 1:16-17 in Genesis 2:7-25.  (Note the change from ‘God’ in Genesis 1 to ‘Lord God’ in Genesis 2.  ‘Lord God’ is a combination of the majestic powerful God and the personal intimate Yahweh.)  

2.  Man is different from the animal kingdom because God breathed His divine, eternal breath of life into him, 

‘…the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.’ Genesis 2:7

3.  Man was so special that God planted a Garden for them in the East,

‘Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed.’  Genesis 2:8

   God specially planted the Garden of Eden with all kinds of trees, 

‘And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.’  Genesis 2:9a

4.  God gave Adam the rule over the animal kingdom and the earth, 

‘Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air.  He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.’ Genesis 2:19

    In Bible times a ruler had the right to give his subjects names to establish his authority over them.  For example, the chief official of king Nebuchadnezzar gave Daniel and his three friends new names.  Daniel 1:7     

5.  God supplied a wife for the man He made, 

‘But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.  Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of man, and He brought her to the man.’  Genesis 2:20b-22

The moral of the story 

God created man in His image.  He provided a special garden, gave him a specially created wife and blessed him with exceptional qualities to rule for God on the earth.  So did they ‘live happily ever after?’  No!  Things went haywire:

  • Adam failed to honour God and obey His one simple command. 
  • Cain killed his brother after God warned him. 
  • Cain’s descendant, Lamech, was all for war and retaliation. 
  • The generation before the Flood went wild and wicked.  
  • Noah, a righteous man saved by God, got drunk and cursed his grandson. 
  • The Tower of Babel builders planned to exclude the Creator God from their city.   
  • The Bible has many more names of people who failed God’s original creation purpose for man.

The question? 

What happened?  What went wrong?  These are the questions the Bible answers.

Is the Bible God’s Book?

Luke ‘…carefully investigated everything from the beginning.’  Luke 1:3  

What did he investigate?  He investigated the claims about Jesus and the Kingdom.  Where do we start if we want to investigate it?  There is only one book that reveals the life and work of Jesus and the Kingdom of God.  So the investigation centers on Scripture, the Bible.  

However, we first need to know if we can trust the Bible?  Is it the Word of God?  Is it a human book by human writers with their opinions, or a book authored by God and written down by men?  Simply said, is it a product of God or of man?  The one big reason we know that it is not a human product is the ‘strange’ facts revealed in the Bible.   

Bible –  product of God or of man?   

Could human writers who according to our estimates are actually ‘primitive,’ with little knowledge of philosophy, science, et cetera, imagine the following:     

      • A Triune, eternal, invisible God.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is one in essence and three in Person.   
      • A God who created the universe in six twenty four hour days.  Moses, who wrote the book, Genesis, grew up in the palace of Pharaoh.  It took many years to build pyramids, temples, store cities, et cetera.  Yet he claims this invisible God did it in six days.  Wow!
      • A Garden in Eden with two ‘strange’ trees.  It was a tree of life and a tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The tree of life will be eternally in the New Jerusalem, 

‘On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.’  Revelation 22:2b

      • Who has ever heard of a fruit tree that bears a crop every month?
      • The Bible claims that God will destroy this present heaven and earth and replace it with a creation of stupendous beauty which will last forever.  That new earth will have an unimaginably large capital city.  It is in the shape of a cube with a width, height and length of 2,200 kilometers or 1,400 miles.  It streets are of gold.  
      • Join me and be amazed that the Bible, with those fantastic revelations, is banned, banished, abolished, decried and detested.  Many claim it is a myth, yet they fight that ‘myth’ will all their might.  If one just looks what happens around the world you understand the war against the Word.    
      • Could ordinary writers imagine the following: the Creator God has a Son who became the Son of Man and was born as an ordinary human being?  Later, after a sinless life and a three year ministry of healing and hope, He was crucified in a horrible way as only slaves and the worst of criminals were.  However, He was resurrected on the third day and after forty days went back to His Father in heaven.  We have the promise that He will come again.     

Conclusion

The Bible is a product of God, not of man. 

Hallelujah, no Judgement!

The one essential aspect of God’s Kingdom is the final division between humans: those who were willing to serve God, and those who were not.   That will take place on the Great Day of the Lord, the final Judgment.  Revelation 20:11-15

God has assigned Jesus to be the Judge. 

‘…the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father.’  John 5:22  

The Great Problem

If Jesus was an ordinary man who was ‘elevated’ during His life to become the Son of God, there can be no Judgment Day.  The reasons are: 

  • The Final Judgement is based on what a person did while on earth (‘each person was judged according to what he had done,’  Revelation 20:13b). 
  • God is clear that no one can ever be considered sinless, ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’  Romans 3:10  If Jesus was an ordinary human being, it means sin was part of his life.  
  • For Jesus to be the Judge, God must have declared Him sinless.  But, that is manifestly unfair!  To be fair God then has to declare all humans sinless, not only one specific one.   
  • The holy God can never do that.  Judgment is serious since on it hinges man’s eternal destiny.  God is a just God.  He will never commit such a serious ‘sin.’ 

Conclusion

God’s rule applies to all people: all sinned and need forgiveness.  Jesus was not a man that became the Son of God, He is the eternal Son of God who became a sinless human Sacrifice on our behalf.  He is qualified to be the Saviour and Judge. 

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