FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF #6: CREATION
by Pastor Mike Fortune
May 24, 2014
- Creation Affects Your Value (Psalm 95:6; Psalm 139:13-16; John 9:1-3; James 1:17-18)
- Creation Affects Your Relationship with Jesus (Romans 1:20; Romans 5:12; Revelation 14:6-7; Hitchcock Quote)
- Creation Affects The Gospel (Genesis 2:1-2; John 19:30; Revelation 21:5-6)
All Scripture from the New Living Translation
6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
1 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 "Rabbi," his disciples asked him, "why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents' sins?" 3 "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him."
James 1:17-18 (Scripture Reading)
17 Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
6 And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7 "Fear God," he shouted. "Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water."
Edward Hitchcock, 1840
The general interpretation of the Bible has been, that until the Fall of man, death did not exist in the world even among the inferior animals. For the Bible asserts that by man came death (1 Corinthians 15:21) and by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin (Romans 5:12). But geology teaches us that myriads of animals lived and died before the creation of man. - Elementary Geology, p.273
1 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested [or ceased] from all his work.
30 It is finished!
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true." 6 And he also said, "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.