September 28, 2010
Title: CREATION: NT STYLE
Holy Bible: Ephesians 1:3-6
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
4 as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love
5 He destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will,
6 for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.
Verse: Ephesians 1:4
" He chose us in him, before the foundation of the world"
When we think about the marvel of creation – how God spoke the universe into existence and formed the earth and everything in it – we think most often of Old Testament accounts.
But it is encouraging to examine the New Testament to see how that part of the Bible refers co creation. Here is a look at some key passages. “I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 13:35). God reveals things to us that He had kept secret since before creation. “Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). Before the earth was created, God knew each of us – and He knew our future. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). Before the work of creation even began, God was aware of each of His eventual children.
These New Testament verses comfort us with the truth that God’s knowledge of us and His eternal mysteries about us point toward His special creation of mankind as described in Genesis. We can do nothing but bow in awe before One whose knowledge and creative ability are eternal in nature and boundless in power. Creation: New Testament style – still another reason to five God praise! – Dave Branon
O Lord, How manifold the work
In wisdom wrought by Thee;
The wealth of Thy creative skill
Fill earth and mighty sea – Anon
Conclusion: Each person is a unique expression of God’s loving design