IN THE BEGINNING
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) This first sentence in the Bible holds within itself the answer to questions that reside innately within the bosom of humanity. It introduces the existence of the living God. In the New Testament, the Apostle John begins His Gospel with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3, 14) John was here introducing to us, Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, God incarnate. Genesis says, ‘God created.’ John says ‘All things were made through Him (Jesus).
Even the atheist, the agnostic and the skeptic must acknowledge the presence of an inquisitive nature within themselves. Where does this inquisitive nature originate? Is it something that some are born with and others without? Or, is it more reasonable that it is likely a common characteristic in the bosom of all humans? It seems reasonable to conclude that the very presence of this inquisitiveness suggests we should give the most serious consideration to the possibility that there are something and Someone from which it emanates.
MAN IN GOD’S IMAGE AND LIKENESS
The first impression we get of God, the Father, in Scripture is that He is Almighty – (God created). The first impression we receive of God, the Son, in the Gospel of John is his omniscience (the Word). A common characteristic that we see in both passages is that the Father and the Son are creative – the co-Creators of all things. In Genesis 1:26 we are told, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” My aim in this article is to show that the Creator God made us creative beings.”
God wants His creatures to look like Him (how they appear) and to be like Him (how they act and what they do). He would have them to experience His energy and His intelligence. He would have them to use these creatively to honor and glorify Him, to be creative as He is creative.
NEEDED – A NEW CREATION
Because man believed Satan’s lie, and acted in accordance with it, rather than acting in accordance with God’s truth, he was no longer in God’s image, neither looking like Him nor acting like Him. A new act of creation was needed, which God provided through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The new creation was called regeneration, or the new birth (being born from above). The Apostle Paul put it this way: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1) In another place, he said, ” But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) ” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
What a powerful and beautiful picture of the creative character of God and His work in redemption! What a demonstration of His will for the lives of His regenerated creatures! It is His will that they become holy, just as He is holy, and creative, even as He is creative.
WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
Sound impossible? For the unregenerate, natural man it is, but as Christ explained to His disciples on one challenging occasion, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) The Apostle Paul explained to the Philippian Church, “… it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
The Spirit of God transforms and enables those to come to God, repenting of their sins, and trusting the merit of the atoning work of Christ, to restore them to His image and His likeness. He works in His new creations a desire to do His will and enables them to do it. The Apostle Paul prayed for the believers at Ephesus that they might know, “…what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” (Ephesians 1:19) And to the Philippians, he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
We are not all apostles like Paul, but each of us is endowed by the same Spirit with a desire to be creative, to do God’s will. “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:11) Not everyone is given the same abilities, but those abilities to be creative in the way that the Holy Spirit deems necessary for him or her to do God’s will. By the power of the Spirit, every born again believer is restored to the image and likeness of His Creator and endowed with the ability to be creative in doing God’s will.
I have written this because I believe the Bible is true and that it is important that mankind recognize that their Creator made them with a special purpose in mind. Thank you for reading it. I hope you enjoyed it. If you would like to leave a comment below, I would appreciate it.