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Sin and the Fallenness of
Creation (Part 8)
A commentary by: Michael Shaw
"Jesus was not an after thought..."
What most people don't realize is that Redemption is a part of the process of creation. God was not duped by the devil? It's time we shed ourselves of these childish fairy tales. Do we really believe that after God worked so hard to create the entire universe, including all the stars, planets, and galaxies in space that He would allow himself to be fooled by the devil? Do we really think that after making every kind of animal, including everything from elephants to fleas and even all the micro organism; that God didn't notice the devil disguised as a snake, sneaking into the garden of Eden? Of course he did. It was all part of the plan. God wanted the devil to do what he did. Man had to enter into the world of Good and Evil so that he might learn. Once he had learned a certain amount he could be redeemed by Jesus as pre-planned by God. The Bible tells us this in the following passages.
"...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev. 13:8) Also, Eph. 1:4 and 1st Peter 1:20 show that we are chosen in him "before the foundation of the world"
The Bible makes it quite clear, Adam and Eve did not fall short of God's intent. Adam and Eve did not mar the image of God. Nor, did they disrupt the order around us. The traditions of man teach a theology more in common with John Milton then the Bible. Rather than the teachings of Milton, I choose to follow the word of God found in the Holy Bible, for my inspiration and guidance. We were preordained to enter this world of Good and Evil that we may learn all we need in order to enter the future world with our God and Father; so that we may truly be called the children of God. The following Bible passages attest to this point.
Ecclesiates 7:3,4 - "Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth." (KJV)
2nd Corinthians 7:9 - "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance; for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing." (KJV)
1st Peter 4:1 - "For-as-much then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin." (KJV)
St. Matthew 18:7 - "Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to the man by whom the offenses cometh!" (KJV)
So we see that, in fact, we learn righteousness through suffering; even Jesus, as we said earlier, had to learn this way. "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." (Hebrews 5:8) See also Galatians 4:4 and 2nd Samuel 7:2.
(A) We did not Fall short of the Creator's intent! If we or any other creature could thwart God's intent, by falling or any other way, then God would not be God. If God could be thwarted we're all in trouble. Because if it happened once, it could happen again. I'm here to tell you that God's intent has not been thwarted nor is His imaged marred and neither have we fallen. Everything is going according to His plan. It is true that we come short of the Glory of God, but, that is as it should be in our development. Coming short of the Glory of God is far different than falling short of His intent. Being creatures all short of God's glory is part of his will. "For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope." (Romans 11:32)
(B) Neither have we marred the image of God in which we were created! In the beginning our image existed in a state of pureness then we entered the world of Good and Evil, tainted with sin by the will of God. Since then we have journeyed to the foot of the cross as Paul tells us... "to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:19) As you can see by this passage, along with 1st Cor. 15:45-49, which we looked at earlier, God did not make us perfect in the beginning, but only began the process that would be filled by the coming of Jesus. Plain and simple, no such teaching of either being perfect, being fully formed in the image of God (when we were in the garden) is taught in the Bible, nor is the concept of a marred image taught. Once again, the traditions of man cannot be seen as Biblical.
(C) We have not disrupted the world around us! Truly, if we had the power to disrupt the world around us by one sin, then any hopes of God ever fulfilling his plans for a completed universe are for not. Between sinful man and the evil Satan God could never keep up with all the short comings and falls. Lucky for us this teaching of is not true according to God's Holy Word, for the Bible tells us "..all things are of God" (Romans 11:36), "...there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things..." (1st Cor. 8:6), "And all things are of God,..." (2nd Cor. 5:18), yes it is God "who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will" (Ephesians 1:11) You see, it is God who has done all things. We did not fall, we did not mar God's image nor did we disrupt the world around us. Nothing has been done to thwart God's plans in any way by, either the devil or us. God in His mighty wisdom is working all things out according to his good counsel.
End of part eight. If anyone has questions, I will be glad to answer, but I am not
posting to argue.
Mike Shaw email@example.com
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