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Summary: To accept the God of Salvation, you must accept Him as the God of Creation.

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GOD MADE YOU!

Scripture: John 1:1-18 W. Max Alderman

Certainly, you believe something about creation. The humanist educators will teach you that you were evolved, not created. Those who embrace the teachings of Scripture are taught that God made all things. Certainly, this teaching is true. Yet, theologically, we find it necessary to build upon that truth and to expand our thinking in accordance with God’s taught Word.

During the first century of the Church, beginning with the Apostolic age, there were two different mindsets pertaining to Creation. There was the "Hebrew mindset" and the "Greek mindset." When I refer to the Greek or Hebrew mindset, I am simply conveying that the Hebrews and the Greeks were "set" in their thinking as to what they believed.

The Hebrew found no difficulty believing in God and believing Him to be the Creator God. The Greeks, however, were more prone to an atheistic or an agnostic position. The Apostle Paul’s approach was different when he spoke to the Hebrew and Greek cultures.

As he spoke to the Hebrews, he could immediately preach the Gospel to them because they believed in God and also in creation. In preaching to the Greeks, he first presented Christ as the Creator God, then gave them the Gospel.

IN JOHN’S GOSPEL THE TEACHING BEGINS WITH CREATION

I. NOTICE THE POWER BEHIND THE CREATION 1:1-3

What you believe about the creation is determined by what you believe about the Creator. Who made us? What was the source of His power for such an event? Consider the magnitude of creating out of absolutely nothing everything that is. When stating that all things were created by the Word, John was confirming the deity of Christ. Christ, or the Word is God.

"Word" in the Greek is "logos," which means "word, thought, concept, and the expression thereof." God expresses Himself through His Son. When God the Son walked upon the earth, He was doing the will of the Father. Literally, he was expressing the Father’s will. He was demonstrating the awesome power of His deity as He did so. Though he limited Himself while upon the earth, while walking as a man, He was certainly no less God. He could weep and tire, but He also could create and heal. He was able to die as a man, but only He could be raised in resurrection splendor as the Eternal God.

The power of His deity allowed Him to manifest His power in His duty. God commissioned Him to do the initial work of creation, but also he was commissioned to do the work of Salvation as the Light of the world.

Christ’s credibility is established in the miracle of creation, it is believed upon in the miracle of salvation. God communicated the account of Himself through His Son, the Word. Those who believe in and receive Him, become the sons of God. It is the duty of the "Word" to say everything the Father wants said to His creation. For that reason, the Son declares that He came not to do His own will, but the Father’s.

The purpose of Christ the Word is clearly spelled out in John 20:31. He communicates the heart of God the Father through the Word by His seven sign miracles. They are: 1. The turning of the water into wine (2:1-11); 2. The cure of the nobleman’s son (4:46-54); 3. The cure of the paralytic (5:1-18); 4. The feeding of the multitude (6:6-13); 5. The walking on the water (6:16-21); 6. The giving of sight to the blind (9:1-7); 7. The raising of Lazarus (11:1-45).


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