The Creator and His Creation
This week we will be discussing our relation to God as his creation. This is a tough one because I’ve only been on the human side of creation. Anything we create comes from the materials that God already made. It’s impossible for me to create something out of nothing, so it’s hard for me to put myself in God’s shoes. Therefore, I will do my best to explain creation from our point of view instead.
Let’s begin by looking at some scripture that can help us understand creation.
Acts 17:24-29 (NLT)- “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)- Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
It’s hard to put into words all that it means to be created by God. This has been the most difficult blog in the series.
I could write about how we are his offspring. How we were created in his image and that when he looked at his creation he was pleased with what he had made.
I could write about the first people. How God created Adam and Eve out of love.
I feel like those topics are typical creation teachings and we have all heard the story plenty if we’ve been to church.
This series has been about our relationship with God. So I want to talk about new creations.
We aren’t like Adam and Eve if we are born again. In 2 Corinthians paul writes that if we are in Christ, we have become something new entirely. The words “new creation” don’t just refer to replacing something, it means a new type of creation altogether. A new breed of humanity that isn’t bound by the laws of sin and death, but follows the Spirit of God toward redemption.
In Romans 5 Paul writes about a second Adam: Jesus Christ. The word Adam can be translated to “human”. God created a second type of human through Christ. Through Adam’s sin all of humanity was sentenced to death, but through Christ we can have eternal life. It’s not that we will live forever on Earth. This new type of life is more than the natural life we had before; it’s supernatural. If you have the chance go read Romans 5. It’s good stuff.
If we are no longer the first type of humans, how does that affect our relation to God?
Before Christ, people could experience God externally. They knew him as one might know about someone through observing their existence. Through Christ’s resurrection and ascension we are able to experience God at work internally as well. The Holy Spirit has become a part of who we are. He is there reminding and encouraging us to do what is right, to show through our actions that we are changed. If the transformation has taken place, then there will be evidence. When someone is born again, they are never the same as they were. Externally they may look exactly the same, but their spirit has come alive.
Before I became a Christian, I was reprobate. I was the product of Adam’s sin. I didn’t understand life at all, I only did what I saw others do and I didn’t question anything. When God brought me to life, there was an obvious change. Words began to mean something to me. What I thought was joy before turned out to just be a reaction to my surroundings. After Christ I had joy and peace in situations I shouldn’t have. There are still times that I don’t walk in the new person and I become frustrated or angry, but that doesn’t discount the new creation. It just shows that I’m not being who I was truly meant to be as the second type of man.
If Christians understand the new creation as a child of grace, then we can walk in the freedom that the early humans couldn’t. There is a power that comes with being able to connect to God within.
As Christians, our identity is no longer, “broken, lost, human”, but, “healed, found, new creation.”
It’s important to always approach the new life that Jesus offers with humility though; knowing that without him none of this is possible. We can’t adopt the second identity without him. He is the glue that holds everything together. He is the foundation. If we begin to build on anything other than Jesus, then when a storm comes we won’t be able to withstand the call back to our old nature. Only in Christ can we truly be new.
I could probably write an entire book on the new creation and maybe someday I will. My prayer is that each person reading this will continually walk as a new creation in the light of the second type of man.
Let me know what you think in the comments.