Thursday, 8 October 2020
Title: Creation Par Excellence!
By: Cecilia Tan 陈俊芳
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
As King David, author of Psalm 139, considered the painstaking attention to details God took in creating him, he could not help but be overwhelmed by God’s power and creative wisdom. His automatic response was to burst forth in praise to God for His magnificent achievement in causing man to be so fearfully and wonderfully made.
Indeed, like David, when we think about the intricacies of the inner workings of our beings, we can only gasp in wonder at God’s indescribably awe-inspiring process of creating man in His own image! Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”
Man is the only living creature created in God’s image. This does not mean a physical likeness to God (as God is spirit) but refers to the capabilities of knowing, responding to and having fellowship with God as well as with his fellow human beings. Man has been endowed with a rational, moral and spiritual nature so that we can have communion with God and come to resemble Him in a manner impossible to other earthly creatures.
In fact, man was the crowning glory and climax of God’s creative activity. After everything else had been created by God and the earthly infrastructure put in place for the advent of man, he was created by God on the sixth day of creation. (Genesis 1:27, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”)
Man was then created to be a triune being with body (to interact with the environment i.e. world consciousness), soul ( to relate to self and others i.e. self-consciousness) and spirit (to relate to God i.e. God-consciousness).
We can only marvel at our amazing bodies… Each of us has about 100,000 hairs on our head, 650 muscles, 206 bones, 60,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries and around 86 billion neurons or nerve cells in our brain! Within our bodies, the most awesome chemical and mechanical processes take place daily without our realization and we are often not thankful for their smooth functioning! The human body is indeed a masterpiece of exquisite design, comprising several hundred systems of control, each interacting with and affecting the other, to enable us to see, hear, touch, taste and smell.
What about our brains? … Only a three-pound bundle of gray and white matter, and yet it is faster and more complex than any supercomputer! There is no need to upgrade its capabilities by changing or adding parts, and it can last even up to a hundred years or more!
More importantly, man resembles God in his possession of a soul. When God created Adam, He “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) Man’s soul comprises the mind, the emotions and the will. With the mind, we can think. With the emotions, we can feel. With the will, we can choose. Robots may look like humans. But they have neither souls nor spirits! Unlike man, they do not have the power to choose and can only perform tasks that have been programmed into their operating systems by their manufacturers.
God also created us with a spirit. The spirit is the eternal, divine power that comes direct from God. It gives man God-consciousness so that we can know Him, worship Him and connect with Him to fulfil His purpose for our lives. Of all living creatures, man is the only one with a unique capacity for worship and fellowship with God.
The whole man is therefore a very special being created in God’s image so that he can rule over the earth and everything in it! Simultaneously while on his earthly journey, a regenerated man has also been made to be the temple of the Holy Spirit so that he may be the representative of God’s kingdom here on earth.
In the future age of the Millennium, man will be ruler over the world with Christ the Lord! (Revelation 20:4, “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge… They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”) We will possess glorified bodies and be joint-heirs with Christ in the ultimate era of the New Heaven and New Earth. To this end we were created, but the choice is entirely ours – whether to accept this plan or to reject it in favour of open rebellion against God!
We are not God Almighty but we have been created in His image. We cannot call forth into existence a galaxy of stars but we can create in a small way befitting our stature as man. We ought to be as creative as possible in every field of human endeavour for our benefit and for the benefit of all those around us. (Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”)
So, if that inner voice keeps telling us that we are not good enough for God’s purposes, just thrash that lie! Don’t buy the lie, don’t pursue it and don’t live it! Claim the truth of God’s Word which declares that we have been fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator God, as the crowning glory of His CREATION PAR EXCELLENCE! We are definitely good enough to fulfil His divine purpose, as well as to live the abundant life destined for us even while we were in our mothers’ wombs!
Our Heavenly Father, what a unique privilege to be fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image! Forgive us for the times we fail to live up to that image and act in ways that bring shame to Your name. Help us to be mindful of our status as Your representatives here on earth, and live lives worthy of Your divine image. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
在千禧年的未来时代，人类将与主基督一起成为世界的统治者！ （启示录20:4，“我又看见几个宝座，也有坐在上面的，并有审判的权柄赐给他们。我又看见那些因为给耶稣作见证，并为神之道被斩者的灵魂，和那没有拜过兽与兽像，也没有在额上和手上受过他印记之人的灵魂，他们都复活了，与基督一同作王一千年。”）在新天新地的终极时代，我们将拥有荣耀的身体，并与基督同作后嗣。我们原是为此而被造，但是选择完全是我们的 – 接受此计划或拒绝它，公开反抗上帝！