Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The world will NEVER be a friend of God and if you follow Him, through Jesus Christ, the world will also be at enmity (opposed or hostile) with you. People will try and tear you down every chance they get. Stop trying to please everyone… instead please God.
Here’s a revelation for you from the Word. Luke 6:26, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you…” Wear it as a badge of honor! Knowing this, guard your thoughts and ignore those who put you down for loving Jesus Christ. We can all learn from ducks when the rain deflects and trickles right off their feathers. Flick those negative thoughts away. Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.“
You may be asking yourself, “Well, I just don’t believe in all this God stuff and Jesus.” It takes faith. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). After reading this you no longer have an excuse. “What is faith?” you may be asking. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). God will give you the faith needed upon believing in His Son, whom you have never seen. Jesus said in John 20:29, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). The first thing you must do is believe in the name of Jesus, that He died for your sins. God then gives you a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Then you must continue to believe to the end of your life if Jesus does not return before that appointed time.
But there is more to creation than what we can visibly see. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). What are these invisible attributes? The Creator’s eternal power and divine nature. In other words, the created universe reveals there is a Creator and a sense of right and wrong. But the Word, Jesus, strengthens that sense through faith. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).
You might then ask yourself, “Well I just don’t understand all this?” That’s OK. You don’t have to understand it all. That is what faith is all about, the evidence of things not seen. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40:28). We know that a Man by the name of Jesus Christ existed on this earth, who claimed to be God, rose from the grave on the third day. His body was never brought forth to prove otherwise by His disciples, who turned from being cowards to dying for Him because they saw the resurrected Lord. They were true witnesses as attested in the Bible we read. “A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies” (Proverbs 14:25). The Romans crucified Him, placed Him in a borrowed tomb (Matthew 27:57-60) and then guarded it so no one could steal the body (Matthew 27:64-66). All that had to happen to stop this thing called “Christianity” from spreading to this day was to produce the dead body of Jesus and the greatest fraud in the history of the world would be over! That could not happen because he arose (Luke 24:1-7), the firstborn from the dead (Revelation 1:5). “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).
“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him” (John 1:10). That would be Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), 100% man and 100% God, whom the world rejected (even His own people) and crucified. His shed sinless blood on the cross and subsequent death paid a debt He did not owe (1 Corinthians 6:20) so that we, mankind, can be restored to a right relationship with God, the Father. The Man who knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) bore all our sins (1 Peter 2:24) because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
The resurrection of Jesus from the grave was the final nail (pun intended since nails were used to crucify Jesus) in the coffin for Satan. It is finished (John 19:30)! The future home of Satan, the devil, is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). Unfortunately that is also the future home of many who choose not to believe in the name of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:20; 20:15) and accept His sacrifice for their sins (Hebrews 10:12). They will pay the death penalty on their own in this life and the next (the second death). The above is vital to your understanding of creation’s purpose.
It is by God’s will that creation exists. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11). Therefore, one can logically conclude that it is also God’s will if He wanted creation to no longer exist. But that brings us to His purpose. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Furthermore, God the Father stated in Hebrews 1:2, “by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” Again, creation is no accident! Creation has a purpose. It will one day be inherited by King Jesus and His saints, those who believed in His name as their Savior (1 Thessalonians 3:13; Jude 1:14). That is not possible if mankind has the power to completely destroy the earth.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-18). Double wow! Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (the only begotten of the Father), meaning He is before all things and the reason why creation exists and coexists.
He is also the firstborn from the dead after being crucified on the cross. The significance of that event cannot be overstated because His death and resurrection is the basis for mankind’s salvation. Thus Jesus is the beginning of all creation, in its perfect state, and the beginning of salvation to make “all things” perfect again. The dots are now connected, but let’s drive the point home so you get the totality of why all creation exists.
“For us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:6). Creation is the clay and He is the potter. All things exist because of the Father, our Creator, but through His Son, Jesus Christ.
“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in” (Isaiah 40:22). God dwells in heaven, above the earth and we are like insects hopping around His creation. Can you picture a large wheat field full of grasshoppers? That is God’s view from above concerning mankind.
“He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion” (Jeremiah 10:12). By power and wisdom the earth was made and everything in it. Creation is no accident or some cosmic coincidence! King David put musical notes to this absolute truth: “The Lord, Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 115:15; 121:2; 124:8 & 134:3).
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). If one digs deeper into this first verse of God’s word, you will have a whole new outlook toward creation and its Creator. We will discuss the heavens and the earth in a later blog post but let’s explore the genesis of everything we see and … don’t see. More specifically, “In the beginning God!“
Who is God? Let’s connect the dots according to scripture. “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7). God is first our Father in heaven. The Holy Spirit is also God. He makes his first appearance in scripture in verse two of Genesis: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Today, the Holy Spirit lives inside each believer of Christ. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). And that brings us to “the Word” – the reason why creation exists.
“The Word” is also God. Take note that “the Word” is one with “the Father” and “the Holy Spirit.” How can three distinct manifestations (forms of an individual) be one entity? The best way I know how to explain the “trinity” concept is to use H2O in place of God. H2O is the chemical formula for water, ice or steam; three forms but the same core substance. God is therefore the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. Now we are getting to the reason why creation exists.
“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” (John 1:1-3). Wow! Note that “the Word” was with God, and is God, from the very beginning in Genesis 1:1 and that creation was made because of Him. Again this confirms the three in one concept. “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 1:14). The dots keep connecting. Jesus Christ said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30) and “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The truth is Jesus. The way is Jesus. Eternal life is through Jesus. The Word is Jesus. Jesus is God and the reason why our Creator, the Father, made everything.