Friday, June 27, 2008

The source of life


Does history mean "His-story" to you? God's revelation occurs in history. The Old Testament starts "In the beginning God created . . ." The New Testament begins with the genealogy of Jesus, the Son of God. John 1 begins "In the beginning was the Word . . ."

Worldly religions are based, not on historical facts, but on mystical thought, ethical and philosophical ideas, or the sayings of one man. "God created" is the foundation of Christianity.

Prophecies of future events given to each generation are proof of the Bible's authenticity. No man-made religion can compare to the 100% accuracy of Bible prophecies. Historical events once questioned are proven true by archeological finds.

At a mainline denominational college in 1951, my Bible teacher ridiculed the historical accounts in the Bible saying they are fictitious. He cited the Hittites as a ridiculous fabrication. He said there were no such people. Since that statement evidence from "ample cuneiform inscriptions"[1] has unveiled the Hittite language. Books are now written about the Hittite civilization.

"One star is different from another in glory." 1 Corinthians 15:41 was once thought to be a misstatement. Now it is confirmed that each star is in fact different. No two are alike.

God said in Genesis 22:17 "I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore." Men discounted this statement of Scripture as an exaggeration. Astronomers now estimate a great number, a hundred-million-billion-billion, (10 to the 26th power)[2] equaling the number of grains of sand on the earth. These are potent evidences of a true revelation from God.

God admonishes "Remember the former things of old: for I am God and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" Isaiah 46:9-10

In our day knowledge is expanding that confirms God's word. Many biblical illustrations like these have been verified. God's word is accurate. It speaks to our time, and gives understanding of God.

Some scientists today declare themselves atheists. However, thousands of scientists affirm the Bible to be scientifically correct. Large numbers of scientists in history claimed the Bible led them to discover or confirm scientific facts. For example these scientists gave credit to the Bible: Isaac Newton and the Law of Gravity, Gregory Mendel in Genetics, and Lord Kelvin with the Absolute Temperature Scale. Bible accuracy upheld in the scientific realm helps us realize that God speaks the truth. He reveals Himself and his Son, our Savior, in his creation and in his word. Unbelievers may denounce faith in God, but God's Word deserves our confidence in its validity. It is impossible for God to lie.

The fourth gospel introduces the history of Jesus at the beginning of creation. Four words WORD, GOD, LIFE and LIGHT are used to identify who Jesus is.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:1-4

All life springs forth from Jesus Christ: plant life, animal and human life. He was also LIGHT called "the true LIGHT, which lights every man that comes into the world." John 1:9 This confirms that mankind is made in the image of God as it's written in Genesis. LIFE and LIGHT are the two great forms of energy in the universe.

God is life and he is eternal. Life as we know it in creation is an expression of an eternal quality. This can be further explored in John's gospel and in passages like Hebrews 8:5 which shows God made on earth physical copies of heavenly realities.

Jesus Christ was and is the source of life for every one. He breathed the breath of life into Adam and "he became a living soul." At creation he said "Let there be light and there was light." Whenever God appeared to man in the Old Testament Scriptures it was a pre-incarnation of Jesus Christ. He appeared to Abraham. Before that he walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.

Light is contrasted with darkness, Light dispels darkness. Darkness cannot overcome light. A story is told by a relative that when Merry was a little girl she followed her mother to the cellar door, when her mother opened the cellar door Merry exclaimed, "Oh, that's where the dark goes when the sun comes up!" Light had to be seen in the world through Jesus for men to understand the difference between spiritual light and darkness,

John identifies the lost condition of man who could not recognize or follow their creator: "the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not." John 1:10 God gives the reason men did not receive Christ ". . . men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil." In John 3:19

By God's mercy he sent Christ to pay our sin debt. Salvation in Jesus Christ saves us from darkness and gives us a new birth into his kingdom of light.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Today "His-story" is still being played out in contemporary history. It is of eternal consequence that we recognize him and accept his will.


[1] A Bloomsbury Reference Book, Encarta World English Dictionary, St. Martin's Press, 1999
[2] Morris, Henry M. Science and the Bible, page 12, Moody Press 1986

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