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Bible Study Five: Creation and Redemption

In our Bible study series, we have looked at the Bible, Creation, the Origin of Evil, and the Promised Messiah. I would like us to now consider the connection between the Creator and the Redeemer, or between Creation and Redemption.

1. What is the first thing that we are taught in the Bible? Genesis 1:1

Our first lesson from the Bible is that God is the Creator of heaven and earth. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. He not only created the universe, but it consists by Him. “All things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17.

Some might ask, “Why does God have to hold the universe together?” First, the laws of nature are not self-acting. These laws are the agencies that God works through to hold things together and to perform their perfect functions. Second, God has to hold it together because no one else can. There is not one created being that can hold one planet in its orbit, let alone, hold the entire universe together.

2. How is God distinguished from the many false gods? Jeremiah 10:11

“Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” Jeremiah 10:11. “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.” Psalms 96:5. The one true God is the Creator of heaven and earth., and there is none other.

3. Through whom did the Father create the universe? John 1:1-3

“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.” John 1:1-3. Who is the Word? “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
The Word is Jesus Christ, with whom the Father created the universe. This makes Jesus the co-Creator.

4. Who is the Redeemer? Romans 5:8-9

“But God [the Father] commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:8-9

The Father gave His only begotten Son for our redemption. Jesus is the Redeemer that died for us and has justified us through His own shed blood. Jesus is the Creator-Redeemer.

5. Where do we find a passage that mentions Jesus as both Creator and Redeemer? Isaiah 43:1

“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.” Isaiah 43:1
This is the greatest expression of love throughout the whole universe. The Creator dying for the sins of His creation, will be our study for eternity.

6. What was David’s pray to his Creator-Redeemer? Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

David knew that the Creator could create in him a clean heart and a right spirit. In the beginning, God created man perfect, sinless, innocent. Through the work of redemption, He recreates man to his original perfection of character. In this present world, we are to form characters after the similitude of our Creator-Redeemer. As Paul wrote, “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29

At the Second Coming of Christ, we will receive new bodies. See 1 Corinthians 15:51-55. But until then, we are to co-operate with heavenly agencies to form characters in the image of Jesus Christ.

7. What is our Creator-Redeemer able to do? Jude 24, 25

“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” Jude 24-25

If He created all things, and by Him all things consist, then He is able to keep us from falling into sin. Consider this, if it were not for our Creator-Redeemer we would not be able to breathe, our hearts would not throb, the plants would not grow, and the Earth would not continue her perfect orbit around the sun. If He is consistently able to hold the universe together, then He is able to give us strength to do the right. If we do not do the right, then it is because we are not choosing to receive power from above.

Every breathe we take is a reminder that God is there. Every blade of grass that grows, every flower that blooms, every bird that flies, and every sunset, are reminders that we have a wonderful Creator-Redeemer who wants our permission to change and strengthen us.

8. What day of the week has God sanctified to remind us that He is our Creator-Redeemer? Genesis 2:1-3

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:1-3

God not only created the material world and every living creature, but He also created sacred time. He created the seventh day Sabbath. He set the seventh day apart from every other day in the week. He set it aside for a holy use. This weekly sabbath was to always remind us of our loving Creator who made us and fashioned us in His own image. As sabbath-keepers, we are acknowledging that He not only gave us life, but that through Him we are able to be recreated in His image.

9. What did God especially tell us to remember? Exodus 20:8-11

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, not thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11

In remembering the sabbath, we are to remember that He is the Creator of heaven and earth, that He created us in His image, and that He is ever with us to be an ever-progressive revelation of His perfect thought and feelings. We are to remember that we cannot be like Him without Him. He is the Creator and we are the creature, in need of continual fellowship of Him who made us in His image.

As sabbath-keepers, we are reminded that productive work is part of our character development. We are to do are best in our secular pursuits six days per week. We also learn that we need spiritual rest. On the seventh day Sabbath we are to lay aside our secular pursuits. On the Sabbath, we are to enjoy the presence of like believers in worshiping God. It is a glorious time to share how the creative power of God has changed us this past week. It is a time to rejoice and sing, pray and study, minister to the needs of others, and to worship God. This is clearly God’s will as expressed in Scripture.

Some have been robbed of this joy because they were told that the seventh day Sabbath was only for the Jews. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consider these glorious facts. The Bible says, “The sabbath was made for man, and not the man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28. The sabbath “was made for man,” meaning all men. The seventh day Sabbath was not for the Jews only. Adam and Eve were created around 4000 BC. They were not Jewish and they enjoyed keeping the seventh day Sabbath. Noah lived at the time of the Flood around 2,350 BC. Without a doubt, Noah kept the seventh day Sabbath, and he was not Jewish. In fact, the billions who had already walked the earth by this time, were not Jewish. It is not until you get to the time of Abraham that we have the beginning of the Jewish nation. Abraham lived around 1900 BC. Therefore, God’s people had been keeping the seventh day Sabbath for nearly 2000 years before the time of Abraham. That is one-third of earth’s history. So clearly, the joys of the Sabbath are as much for you as they were for Adam and Eve six thousand years ago, or for Abraham four thousand years ago, and for the early church which Jesus started two thousand years ago.

10. What is the seventh day Sabbath to remind us of? Ezekiel 20:12

“Moreover also I gave them My sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” Ezekiel 20:12

In the beginning, God created man perfect, sinless, innocent. The Sabbath has been a reminder of man’s original perfection. Today the Sabbath reminds us that God has not given up on His plan to create us in His image. As the Sabbath points to God’s creative power, it signifies God’s ability to sanctify His people today. In sanctifying His people, God is recreating them into His image. Hence, we cannot separate Creation from Redemption. They both have the same purpose in man reflecting the character of God. In our next lesson, we will ask the question, “Who is this wonderful Creator-Redeemer that we are to reflect?”