Chapter Twenty Seven
Here is where we will clear up a lot of questions if we remember that God sees the choices of people before they make them -- but their choices are real choices and have real consequences. God waits until we make our choices before He reveals what He will do next -- because our choices are real. Just because God knows what we will chose doesnít mean that He makes us choose.
When we understand this -- it explains the never ending argument about predestination. God doesnít predestinate our choices. He predestinates what will happen after we make our choice. After we choose Jesus Christ as Lord -- God the Father predestinates us to be changed into the very image of Jesus. But God waits until I make the choice to make Jesus Lord. Then -- He determines to make me exactly like Jesus.
So here in Genesis 1:1 we hear God speak by the breath of His mouth and Creation comes forth out of His creative Word. Then in Gen.1:2 we see Creation plunged into the abyss of Sin because Lucifer chooses to rebel against the authority of God. Then in Genesis 1:3 we see the restorative works of God begin as He did works for the first time ever.
God did something that He never did before that beginning moment of restoring Creation in Genesis 1:3. He did works to bring a blessing on Himself and on all of Creation. He began the work of restoring creation. How can we know that? Because God says plainly that He worked for six days and then on the seventh He returned to His eternal rest. (Gen 2:3 KJV) And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
I have to read slowly and carefully or I will miss some Truth. The Scripture says God created and made something. Isnít created and made the same? No Ė created is something breathed from His Word. Made is something that God brought forth by the works of His hands. Created isnít works and made is works and with God and with man there is a big difference.
God the Father has purposed many things that only eternity will reveal -- but a couple of things we do know about are -- One -- God wants to be known as a God of righteousness by a gift and a God of blessings by inheritance -- a God of rest.
Two -- He wants many sons and daughters like Himself -- and the only way that He could have them was to create them by the breath of His mouth and the works of His own hands.
Then the third thing and by far the most important is that God wants a Creation that canít ever be corrupted again and He wants the foundation of that Creation and the very foundation of His Throne to be established on life from the death of self-rule Ė called resurrection life.
The heart of God the Father is the heart of a father. Full of love for those that He creates. So God sent His only Son -- Christ -- to create the Universe and every thing in it. Christ did that in the initial Creation by the breath of His Word. Then Christ the Son did works to restore the fallen Creation including the Earth. Christ did works to restore fallen Creation.
So I can say -- In the beginning Christ created the Universe by the breath of His Word. Then Christ restored the Heavens and the Earth in Gen.1:3 and He did it by His works.
So why make the distinction between Christís creative breath and His creative hands? Because as we will see as we go on in the secrets of the revealed Scriptures that God made the distinction for a reason. Our God isnít a God of blessings by works. He is a God of blessings by inheritance without works and because He is ó He is revealing that even He wonít allow Himself to become a God that blesses Himself by doing works. He is careful to make known the fact that He rested from all of His works and is by His nature a God of rest to be blessed.
Speaking of Jesus Christ it says -- (Col 1:15 KJV) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
(Col 1:16 KJV) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
(Col 1:17 KJV) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Oh! The wonder of our God.
(Psa 102:25 KJV) Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
But remember the heavens that now are will pass away with a great noise and God will bring forth a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. The heavens that now are -- will pass away for a reason. The reason is because they are contaminated with The Lie and Sin which is the fruit of The Lie.
When we read the first chapter and verse of Genesis we are hearing God say -- this is the beginning of a forever Creation that will reveal God to itself. God has hid the nature of Himself within Creation so that when Creation begins to search within itself for the Truth about who it is -- it will find the Truths about God hidden there.