God The Marvelous Creator 

 

Described

 

God created all living beings and non-living things in both the spiritual and natural realms. God wonderfully created humans in His own image and likeness and as the highest order of finite beings.

 

Marvellous things about God our Creator

 

The Bible reveals the following marvellous things about God, our perfectly loving creator:

 

∑        He is one God (see Deuteronomy 6:4 and Mark 12:29). There are not many gods like pagan religions teach. Hinduism, for example, claims there are 330,000,000 gods.

∑        God is a Trinity – Three Persons in One (see Genesis 1:26, 3:22, Psalm 110:1, Isaiah 9:6-7, 48:16, Matthew 22:41-46, 28:19, John 1:1-2, 20:28, Colossians 2:9 and Hebrews 1:8).

∑        He is not evil, but is perfectly good and loving (see Habakkuk 1:13, Psalm 25:8, Mark 10:18 and 1 John 4:16).

∑        He only has to simply command and things and beings are created immediately (see Job 38:8-11 and Genesis 1:3-26).

∑        God created humans, things and beings to reflect His nature (see Psalm 19:1-11, 97:6 and Romans 1:20).

∑        He is not a Creator with limited authority and power. He has supreme and infinite authority and power over all created things, humans, angels and Satanic beings (see Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 103:19-20, Daniel 4:34-35, 2 Peter 2:4 and Revelation 20:10).

∑        God is separate from His creation. Nothing in creation can be said to be God (see Psalm 102:25-27 and Romans 1:25).

∑        He has created all things and beings to be totally dependant on Him for their continued existence (see Job 12:9-10 and Nehemiah 9:6).

∑        Everything God created is good (see Genesis 1:10, 1:12,1:18, 1:21, 1:25, 1:31, 1 Timothy 4:4 and James 1:17).

∑        God has created humans and angels with the ability to choose evil and rebellion against Him if they foolishly so desire.

∑        As Creator, He has the absolute right to define right and wrong.

∑        He created humans to have loving relationships with each other (see Matthew 22:39 and Romans 13:8-10).

∑        His creative activity in relation to fallen humans was ordained by Him before time began (see 1 Corinthians 2:7-9, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Timothy 1:9 and 1 Peter 1:18-20).

∑        God’s salvation of fallen humans involves some creative activity by Him. He changes the hearts of fallen human beings by making them new creations in Christ and later perfecting them and resurrecting their bodies (see 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 5:27 and 1 Corinthians 15:35-54).

∑        He will in future exercise His creative nature by creating a New Heavens and Earth (see Revelation 21:1).

 

Reasons God created humans

 

One of the most crucial things needed in modern Pentecostal, Evangelical and Charismatic churches is to understand why God created the human race. Unless this foundation is laid properly, everything else studied in the Bible will be regarded from fleshly or worldly viewpoints. Many of the present false gospels and problems in the church are related to various wrong understandings of why God created humans.

For example, if we wrongly believe that God only created humans in order to provide their physical and spiritual needs, then we will base our teachings and practices in the areas of evangelism, preaching, discipleship, world mission, church organisation, home meetings, prayer, giving to God, marriage, childrearing, sexuality and so on, on this false assumption. Philippians 4:19 reveals God wishes to supply our needs. But this is only one aspect of why He created us.

The main reasons God created humans were so they could:

 

∑        have a two-way, unselfish love relationship with Him which imperfectly mirrors the one the Members of the Trinity have with each other. John 17:24 refers to God the Father loving God the Son before the creation of the world. John 14:31 shows Jesus loves God the Father.

∑        live lives of total dependence on or trusting faith in Him. Jesus Christ lived a life of total dependence on God (see John 5:19, 5:30, 6:38 and 12:49). As the perfect human, Jesus set the example of how God intended us to live (see 1 John 2:6, Ephesians 5:1).

∑        glorify Him in everything they are or do.

∑        be glorious though limited reflections of His character and being.

∑        think, speak, feel and act in ways that express they were exclusively owned by God, not by themselves or anyone else.

∑        find their total security in Him. Colossians 2:10 relates to born-again believers finding this total security by being complete in Christ: “And you are complete in Him…” 2 Samuel 2:22, Psalms 18:2, 31:3 and 91:2 speak of God being our rock and fortress. This also relates to finding total security in Him. The various insecurities which Christians battle with are caused by them not focussing their hearts continually on finding security in Him.

∑        love other humans by His love within them and avoid evil by His power and abilities.

∑        be raised in a family, then be married and raise your own family to God’s glory (see Genesis 2:22-24). (A small percentage of people are called by God to remain unmarried – Matthew 19:12).

∑        exercise God-given delegated authority over His natural creation (see Genesis 1:26 and 28).

 

 

 

 

Created out of undeserved kindness or generosity

 

It is important to understand that when God created humans, He did not do it as a deserved earned reward. He created them out of His unmerited generosity or kindness. Humans did not deserve to be created because prior to their creation, they obviously did not exist and as a result, could not have done anything to have deserved such a thing.

 

Created in God’s image and likeness

 

God also created humans to be a glorious though imperfect reflections of His image. This is seen in Genesis 1:26-27: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” We see here God as a Trinity – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit – created humans in Their image or likeness. The mentions of “Us” and “Our” express God’s Trinitarian nature.

In the above verse, the Hebrew word for “image” is “tselem” and the Hebrew word for “likeness” is “demut”. These Hebrew words refer to something which is similar but not exactly the same as the thing it represents. Humans are like God and represent Him in many ways. Genesis 5:3 says Seth was created in the likeness and image of his father Adam. Seth was like but not identical to his human father.

 

What being created in God’s likeness specifically means

 

Being created in God’s likeness and image does not mean humans are like Him in every way. This is because humans are not all knowing, all powerful, present everywhere, infinite, sovereign, existing forever in the past, uncreated, intrinsically righteous and intrinsically holy like God is. The expression “image and likeness of God” refers instead primarily to humans being like Him in that they:

 

∑        have a spirit.

∑        have a reason.

∑        are very creative.

∑        use complex language.

∑        have a conscience.

∑        were created to live by His standards.

∑        had good right natures in a relative sense originally before the Fall. (Remember only God is absolutely righteous.)

∑        have a free will. (Note this free-will has been limited by the Fall of Adam and Eve so that all their fallen descendants cannot choose to do right all the time.)

∑        exercised a certain amount of ruling authority prior to the Fall. (Observe this authority was given only in a delegated sense.)

∑        will live forever.

There are other similarities between God and humans besides these.

 

Not totally removed but badly altered

 

The image and likeness of God in humans was not lost or totally removed as a result of the Fall of the first humans. This can be seen in Genesis 9:6, 1 Corinthians 11:7 and James 3:9 which speak of fallen humans still being made in the image and likeness of God. The image of God in humans was badly altered or deformed or disfigured as a result of Adam and Eve turning to evil and the associated loss of the holiness and righteousness-imparting Presence of God the Holy Spirit within them. Genesis 6:5-6 and 11-12 are an early record of the result of this deforming of human nature: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart…The earth was also corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on earth.”

 

Created with both innocence and a righteous holy nature

 

Adam and Eve were created in a state of innocence from any evil. But note they were also formed in a condition of true righteousness and holiness through having God the Holy Spirit living in and spiritually united to them. Ecclesiastes 7:29 states: “Truly, this only I have found: that God made man upright…”

Salvation partly involves God restoring fallen sin-tending humans to a sinless uncorrupted state of being in His image and likeness. Regeneration or being born-again and coming into union with Christ at conversion are a part of the first stage of this restoration. The process of the restoration or renewal into the image and likeness of God continues until we die. This process is mentioned in Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 and Colossians 3:9-10.

Romans 8:29 refers to this process of being restored in the image and likeness of God as being “conformed to the image of His Son”. Remember the Son of God is God and is part of the Trinity Who stated in Genesis 1:26 “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” 1 John 3:2 reveals that when Christ returns, we shall be made like Him.

 

Created for God’s glory

 

Isaiah 29:23, 43:7 and Ephesians 1:11-12 demonstrate one of the main reasons God created humans was for His glory. Isaiah 43:7 states: “Everyone who is called by My name, Who I have created for My glory…”

1 Corinthians 10:31 contains one of the most important commands in the New Testament: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The word “glory” here in the original Greek is “doxa” which means “praise, honour, magnify”. [1] This verse commands us to honour, praise and worship God through what we do in every area of our lives.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul does not limit glorifying God just to church worship services, prayer meetings, praise through music and other church activities. Paul says we should glorify God even when we are eating or drinking. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul shows we must glorify God in our ministries, jobs, marriages, bringing up of children, our treatment of neighbours and relatives, our dealings with money, our attitudes to the police and every other area of our lives.

We are also commanded to glorify God in 1 Chronicles 16:28 and Psalm 34:3. Revelation 14:6-7 says: “Then I saw another …saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him…’”

If we cannot honour God through a certain activity, doing it will be a sin against Him. For example, if the wording of the music you listen to is in any way dishonouring to God, you cannot possibly obey 1 Corinthians 10:31 if you keep listening to it. If you deliberately disobey the command found in this verse, you are sinning.

Another aspect of glorifying God relates to praising Him for His actions and the magnificent features of His character. Revelation 4:9-11 says: “Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: ‘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’.”

Another characteristic of glorifying God involves thanking Him for our food, health, spiritual and natural prosperity and for every other privilege in our lives.

To glorify God is also to declare His glory to others by continually putting Him first in our words, thoughts and actions. To glorify God is to have greater confidence in and love for Him than any other person. It is to have the highest estimation of what sort of person He is. It is to continually aim through all of our actions and words to encourage others to regard Him as being their greatest treasure.

To glorify God is to continually aim to extend His Kingdom. The Kingdom of God relates to His rule in heaven and the spiritual world (see 2 Timothy 4:18), but also relates to His rule over the daily activities of our lives (see Matthew 7:21).

Because God through Jesus Christ is present in believers, He manifests His remarkable qualities through us to others. By this, He is glorifying Himself through us. John 17:10, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Ephesians 3:21, Philippians 1:11 and Colossians 1:27 all relate to this. John 17:10 records Jesus said to His Father: “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.”

 

Other keys about honouring God

 

Some people may argue it is wrong for God to desire glory for Himself through humans. But such a claim is nonsense for the following reasons:

 

∑        God already has unlimited glory and really does not need any more. By our relatively small efforts to honour Him, we are not giving to Him some additional glory He does not already have.

∑        God totally deserves all glory. Revelation 4:11 says: “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.” No angel or human deserves glory because all of their glory was given to them by another – God Himself. For eternity past, God has possessed infinite glory which was never given to Him by anyone else.

∑        For humans  to desire and seek glory for themselves instead of for God is to live a form of deception. This is because it involves pretending they are almost equal or equal or greater than God their Creator. Such pretense is very wicked and sad.

 

It is an horrific injustice when God is not glorified by humans and angels. This is because when God is not properly glorified, various humans and angels are wrongly glorified by themselves and by others for things which God originally gave them. For example, it is unjust when certain humans are glorified by others because of their intelligence or physical appearance instead of God being glorified for having created them with these things.

 

Does God need humans?

 

Some people may say God needs humans. Some might suggest He created them because He was lonely and needed love and fellowship. Others may say He needed to create people to glorify Him. These ideas are wrong. Acts 17:24-25 states God needs nothing: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.”

Verses such as 1 Kings 8:27, Psalm 145:3, Isaiah 40:28 and Revelation 1:8 also suggest God’s total self-sufficiency. Revelation 1:8 says: “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.’” If God needed any human or angel or created thing, He would not be a perfectly self-sufficient Being.

God does not need the love and intimacy of humans, even though He enjoys these things immensely. Before God created any angel or human, He as the Trinity already enjoyed perfect love and intimacy among His Three Persons. In fact, the love and close fellowship between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit was, is and always will be infinitely perfect.

No finite human will ever have the absolutely perfect love for God that each of the Three Persons of the Trinity have for each other. Humans are limited and as a result can only achieve a relative perfection in love. So the Trinity could never need a lesser type of love from humans when each of Them is already absolutely perfectly loved by Their other Two Members.

Similarly, God desires us to glorify Him (see 1 Corinthians 10:31), but He does not need us to glorify Him. His own nature, character and actions continually perfectly declare His glory, regardless of whether others acknowledge this or not.

God wants our relationship to Him to be like a perfect marriage between a husband and wife (see Song of Solomon, John 3:29 and 2 Corinthians 11:2).

Some may think that if God does not need us, then we are not extremely valuable to Him. But this is a wrong, selfish, typically human way of thinking. For humans are often inclined to judge whether other people are valuable to them on the basis of whether others are needed by them. But God regards us as enormously valuable to Him because:

 

∑        He loves us perfectly.

∑        We are owned by Him because He created us. Even unbelievers are owned by Him in this sense (see Ezekiel 18:4 and Daniel 5:23).

∑        We were created in His likeness.

 

Bible Study Questions

 

1.        List 10 points about God’s attributes as loving Creator.

2.        What are the main reasons God created humans?

3.        What does being created in God’s image and likeness mean?

4.        What effect has the Fall had on the image and likeness of God in humans?

5.        Did God create Adam and Eve in a state of innocence and in a condition of righteousness and holiness?

6.        What do Isaiah 29:23, 43:7 and Ephesians 1:11-12 reveal about one of the main reasons God created humans?

7.        Does 1 Corinthians 10:31 reveal that we should honour, praise and worship God only at church worship services, prayer meetings and other church activities?

8.        If we cannot in some way honour God through a particular activity, is doing this activity a sin?

9.        What are the other ways in which we honour and glorify God?

10.     Why is it foolish to say it is wrong for God to desire glory for Himself through humans?

 



[1] Bauer, page 204.

 


Copyright © 2002 - InternetBibleCollege.net
Individuals may take copies of these works for the purpose of studying the Bible provided that this copyright notice is attached to all copies.