The eternal Godhead decided to create a special planet. They want to establish a nation. It basically means, to enlarge the Family. So they created man in their image to ensure that man could be part of the Family. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, the children of God and the holy angels would be one united Family of love and peace in the age to come.
God the Son made it possible for us to become children of God through His blood.
God does it all by mercy and grace. The miracle is that no one is excluded from God’s Kingdom. Neither a certain gender, money, education or high rank is necessary to accept God’s provision by Jesus’ Sacrifice and His mercy and grace.
Part 3, God’s plan revealed in creation
We have seen that the Godhead made decisions before creation that have to do with man’s salvation. Is there any evidence in the first chapter of the Bible that it is not only about physical creation?
Genesis 1 & 2 rewritten with physical creation only
What follows is a hypothetical scenario if creation was only about the universe. That would mean man, made in God’s image, gets very little attention.
It could have been the following:
- God created the heavens and the earth.
- The earth was formless and empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep.
- God divided the waters below from those above, and separated the land and the sea.
- Then He created the plants.
- The sun, moon and stars would be the light sources.
- Then followed the creation of fish, birds, land animals and man.
- On the seventh day He rested.
The real Genesis 1&2 points to God’s plan to save man for His Kingdom.
Man is important to the Godhead. There is ample evidence of how important, right from the beginning in the creation account:
- The Holy Spirit was hovering over the darkness. Just as He brought order out of the dark watery world, the Holy Spirit does the same for ‘dark, unsaved’ man.
- God created light on the first day to dispel the darkness. It has to do with God’s Kingdom of Light that would displace the darkness of the devil’s kingdom.
‘…God made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 4:6
- ‘Let us make man in our image.’ The resemblance to God opens the way for man to be part of God’s Family.
- The plural form ‘Elohim’ for God. He already revealed that He is a Godhead and not just One.
- Adam had to rule over creation. It pointed to Jesus as the Last Adam, the Ruler of God’s creation. Revelation 3:14
- God planted the Garden east of Eden and put man in it. It was a special place and is a type of the new heaven and earth. It displays the blessings associated with God’s presence. If it was only a physical creation, there was no need to put man in the Garden. He and his wife could just have lived wherever they wanted.
- Two special trees in the Garden. Who has ever heard of a tree of life and a tree of knowledge of good and evil? Those two trees had much more than physical significance. God created man with a free will to decide to eat or not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which would change their lives. The Tree of Life would be a permanent feature in God’s eternal Kingdom.
- The detailed creation of Adam’s wife. God already revealed that Jesus’ Bride would be ‘created’ out of His side when the spear pierced Him and blood and water flowed out. It is said in the beginning that God made them male and female and that also points to Jesus and His Bride.
- Adam named the animals. God already revealed that man would be far superior to animals. Naming some one or something was a sign of authority over them (compare how the kings in the Old Testament gave their slaves new names).
- God talked and walked with them in the Garden. God wants that personal relationship with man.
All these things show how special man is to God. The marvel is that the eternal God would spend so much trouble and energy on man. It is remarkable. But what happened to man that God went to such trouble?
Genesis 3 describes the most important event in history when man chose to turn from God to the enemy. It is this event that necessitated the pre-creation planning of the Godhead. The fall of man was a necessary event for various reasons.
To be continued….