Posted by: SandreS | July 2, 2010

Back to Basics: God 101 – He Is the Creator

In the beginning God … (Genesis 1:1).

God is the Creator. There once was nothing – except for God. Just God, alone.

God started with a blank slate, an empty canvas. God created the entire universe out of absolutely nothing. He simply spoke and the worlds were in existence. So everything is “out of God” – obviously, there is no other choice.

Out of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things (Romans 11:36).

Everything is out of God. Every effect must have a cause. He is the First Cause. He is the Great Cause. He is the Ultimate Cause. “In the beginning God …” (Genesis 1:1).

We must learn this first if we will learn anything. We must start our doctrine with God, for He is the beginning of everything.

We must start large (with God) and then work toward the minute details (with ourselves). If God is not our starting place of understanding, and we have as our start ourselves (and the minute details of our lives), we will end up humanistic and evolutionary; we will be man-centered and world-conscious – placing our focus on the relative aspect of life. If, however, we start out our study of the Scriptures large, with God, we will be God-centered and God-conscious – having our focus firmly anchored in the absolute aspect of life.

If there was once nothing but God, then of course All is out of God. Fundamental Christendom seems to have no trouble with God the Creator out of Whom are all things, if it is restricted to His initial creation – the moon, the stars, the world, etc.; but get past that initial creation and they quickly become humanistic and evolutionary in their thinking. To them All is out of God in creation, but quickly things change and now somehow “all is out of man.”

Think for a moment of that computer in front of you. It is “out of God.” How else could it be? Where did all of the materials ultimately come from, except from the storehouse of His creation? Moreover, where did the intellect come from to invent the many technologies that converge to make it work, but form the “fearfully and wonderfully made” minds of God’s creation?

How else could it be? Remember, there was nothing – absolutely nothing – and then God said, “Let there be …” The computer on which you read this Daily Email Goodie is just the continuation of His mighty work. “For out of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things” (Romans 11:36).

Somehow man is deceived into thinking that he is the captain of his own ship, the lord of his own life, the god of his own little universe, and the master of his own fate. This is the sad situation of the humanistic mindset that in folly and vanity attempts to displace the God of Scripture from His rightful place as God.

As we have already learned, God is the El, the “Subjector.” Man is in the height of his folly and vanity when he assumes that somehow there is even one minute detail that is outside of El’s (God’s) subjection. This is His universe, and it belongs to no other.

Of course, somehow Christendom thinks that all of this breaks down with the subject of evil, and their theology becomes evolutionary.

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:7).

A.E. Knoch writes of this in his profound book, The Problem of Evil and the Judgments of God.

We only condemn ourselves as theological evolutionist when we trace sin back to a creature and refuse to acknowledge the Creator. Many who do not spare the shortsightedness of science and condemn its labored efforts to banish God from His Own universe, are practicing the same deception when confronted with the origin of sin …

Current Miltonian effusions regarding Satan’s primeval perfection and his subsequent fall are not to be found anywhere in the Word of God. “The devil sinneth from the beginning” (I John 3:8) …

We have, then, a creature, called an Adversary and Satan, and to him the Scriptures trace back all sin. Our inquiry is now narrowed down to the question whether this one is really a creature, or self-created – in fact, another god, such as the Zoroastrian religion worshipped. If he is not self-existent we are shut up to his creation by the hand of God …

Was it God’s intention that sin should have invaded the universe, or was it due to an error on His part? …

If God created Satan perfect, and his defection was a surprise and a disappointment to God, then there is no use in hiding behind mere words. He failed. He started out to make a flawless creature who turned out bad. There is no one else to charge with this failure but God. But this is all wrong, for God never fails, or sins.

Sin has an essential, though transient, part in God’s purpose. God made due preparation for it before it came. The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world. Creation may reveal some aspects of God’s power and wisdom, but His love can be displayed only where sin has sown the seed of hate. There can be no Savior apart from sin. There can be no reconciliation apart from enmity. God locks up all together in stubbornness that He should be merciful to all (Romans 11:32).

We must ever remember that God is God, and as God, He “works all things after the counsel of His Own will” (Ephesians 1:11) – He is “operating all in accord with the counsel of His will” (CLNT) – all things, even evil.

God is El, and He is responsible for all of His creation. This is what creatorship, headship and fatherhood – about being God – are all about.

Regardless of what man says about God to the contrary, God is the responsible Creator of His universe, out of Whom are all things! He has never lost control of His universe. His is Large and in Charge. Period.

Rest in that.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Daily Email Goodies
© 2010

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