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Who is Jesus Christ? In reality, the Bible makes it clear that, whether we remember Him now or
not, all must one day remained before God and answer that address.
Jesus Christ the Creator
"In the first place was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same
was at the outset with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made
that was made. . . . Furthermore the Word was made tissue, and abided among us, (and we
viewed His superbness, the radiance as of the main sired of the Father,) loaded with
effortlessness and truth" (John 1:1-3, 14). Paul reminds us: "For by Him were all things made, that
are in paradise, and that are in earth, noticeable and imperceptible, whether they be thrones, or
territories, or realms, or forces: all things were made by Him, and for Him: And He is before all
things, and by Him all things comprise" (Colossians 1:16-17).
Jesus the Word (Greek, logos), a definitive correspondence from God, is announced to have
been, and still is, the Creator of the universe and everything in it. When He resulted in these
present circumstances earth and dropped His wonderful grandness He didn't drop His energy. He
was completely human. He endured exhaustion and nodded off in a watercraft. He endured
torment on the cross. He was tried in the wild however without sin. In any case in the meantime
He never stopped to be the Creator. How would we realize that? Due to the inexplicable
occurrences He performed to persuade individuals that He was who He asserted to be, the
Jesus Did Miracles and Quoted from Genesis
Jesus stilled a storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23-27). He remained up in a pontoon, gave
a request, and right away there was an extraordinary cool rather than a boiling over storm.
Obviously the wind and ocean needed to obey Him in a split second, in light of the fact that He
made them! Jesus transformed water into wine (John 2:1-11) - a supernatural occurrence of
creation. Where there had been water (hydrogen and oxygen), now there was wine (complex
natural particles). It happened in a flash at His charge. He sustained 5,000 individuals, and 4,000
men in addition to ladies and youngsters. As He fellowshipped and fish, He continued increasing
them by making all the more as His devotees viewed.
At the point when Jesus mended a man conceived visually impaired (John 9:1-7, 32), the man
couldn't just see physically, however could comprehend what he was seeing. Jesus had
recuperated his eyes as well as had modified his cerebrum to in a split second perceive things he
had never seen previously. On a few events, for instance, Jairus' little girl (Matthew 9:18-19, 2326) and Lazarus (John 11:1-46), Jesus, the creator and Creator of life who hence had control over
life and passing, brought individuals again to life once more. When we comprehend,
acknowledge, and appreciate what Jesus did before witnesses in the Gospels as the Creator
when He strolled this world, we ought to have probably about His capacity to make the universe
and everything in it as recorded in Genesis 1.
Jesus likewise talked reality, in light of the fact that He is reality: "I am the way, reality and the life"
(John 14:6). On the off chance that He let us know an untruth He couldn't be reality, and hence
the way. In Mark 13:19, Jesus said "the creation which God made." In Matthew 19:4 and Mark
10:6 He said: "From the earliest starting point of the creation God made them male and female."
At the start of creation, not billions of years after the fact, God made them. So Jesus was an
adolescent universe, six-day creationist! Jesus talked about the times of Noah (Matthew 24:37
and Luke 17:26-27), perceiving Noah as an exacting man who existed. He discussed Noah and
his family entering the Ark and the Flood nearing and taking all of them away. So Jesus perceived
the Flood, the Ark, and Genesis 7 depicting those occasions as genuine history.
The Appearance of Age at Creation
At the marriage devour in Cana (John 2:1-11) Jesus charged servants to take colossal water pots
and fill them with water. He then advised the servants to draw from the pots and take it to the
Ruler of the Feast, who considered it brilliant wine. Then again, the Ruler of the Feast had utilized
the suspicion that the present is the way to the past! He utilized his thinking focused around what
he knew happens in the present. He accepted, in light of ordinary encounter, this wine had
originated from grapes developed on vines, grapes that had been collected and smashed, aged,
and packaged. He thought it had taken a long time of time, however he was offbase. Jesus had,
indeed, made this wine. This then is the normal for anything God does in creation. From our
experience it has a clear age, an appearance of a non-existent history. Furthermore why did
Jesus do this? He did it to meet a quick need.
At the point when God ordered the tree grown foods trees into presence He made them proving to
be fruitful. In the event that we backpedaled in time, we would have taken a gander at those trees
and would have said that they had taken years to develop and full grown. Anyway God made an
experienced, completely created creation, on the grounds that it was intended to be in presence
quickly so that when Adam and Eve strolled the earth three days after the fact, their nourishment
needs would be met.
What do numerous individuals say today? They say the world "looks old," along these lines the
Bible isn't right or God has bamboozled us. No, God has not cheated us, on the grounds that He
let us know what happened in His onlooker account in Genesis 1. God saw what He made and
said it was great. He was available. He was completely equipped for recording and protecting for
us His observer account so we would recognize what happened at creation with supreme
conviction. The Gospel records give Jesus' stamp of support on Genesis 1 as the chronicled
record of the world's starting. God's timetable for the creation was that He talked the earth into
presence. Yes, the earth has an appearance of age. Anyhow in the event that we utilize the
wrong suppositions to translate the proof, we arrive at the wrong conclusion that the earth is
extremely old, when God obviously says it isn't.
In the event that we expect consistency, that geologic courses of action have constantly worked
the way they do today, then obviously, we would finish up it took quite a while to structure the rock
layers. Anyway Peter reminds us in II Peter 3:15 that the last day scoffers will be "energetically
insensible" that the present is not the way to the past. They will be energetically oblivious that
God made the earth, throughout a time of six days when all the methodologies we are acquainted
with today were suspended. Furthermore Peter says there was an alternate period throughout
which the rates of the greater part of today's methodologies were suspended. The scoffers
additionally will deliberately overlook the proof for the Flood. We frequently consider Jesus being
just present and dynamic throughout creation, however He was additionally present and dynamic
throughout the Flood. Who shut the entryway of the Ark? God did. Noah didn't begin the Flood.
God was responsible for what happened throughout the Flood. We can have our geologic
illustrations, yet in any case God was available in judgment toppling this world, then restoring it
with another surface and another science a short time later.
Why Jesus Christ Came to Earth
Genesis is not about our salvation. In any case, Jesus said in John 5:46-47, "For had ye accepted
Moses, ye would have accepted me: for he composed of me. Anyway if ye accept not his works,
by what method should ye accept my words?" Which book of the Bible, under the impulse of the
Holy Spirit, did Moses accumulate? Jesus said in the event that you don't accept what Moses
composed in Genesis how are you going to accept what I let you know? Jesus said in John 3:12,
"In the event that I have let you know natural things, and ye accept not, by what means might ye
accept, on the off chance that I let you know of grand things?"
Jesus Christ came to earth as a result of what happened in the Garden of Eden. At the point
when man decided to oppose God, He reviled the ground for man's purpose, and demise and
enduring came about. Numerous say that Adam just kicked the bucket profoundly. At the same
time did Jesus come to simply kick the bucket profoundly? Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 15:2122: "For since by man came demise, by man came additionally the revival of the dead. For as in
Adam all bite the dust, even so in Christ should all be made alive." Jesus needed to physically
kick the bucket, in light of the fact that Adam started passing on physically at the Fall (passing on
you will pass on Genesis 2:17).
How brilliant! The affection of God for us, His effortlessness and benevolence, are magnanimous
to the point, that none other than Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe, ventures down from
paradise's wonderfulness to come and pass on for us (Philippians 2:5-8). The reason He could
kick the bucket for us was on the grounds that He is the Creator. Exclusive can pass on for limited
(Romans 5:7), however just the Creator of the universe could bite the dust for all individuals, in all
spots, all around unequaled. That is the reason we might be certain all our transgressions were
nailed to His cross. Besides, as the Creator, He has control over life and passing. No man could
take His life so He laid it down eagerly and had the ability to take it up once more. On the off
chance that He wasn't the Creator, how might He be able to do those things?
Development Not Compatible
On the off chance that the Creator Jesus Christ utilized the evolutionary methodology, as a few
Christians keep up, then it implies that He needed to utilize passing and annihilation to make
man, on the grounds that development is said to have included demise and battle over a large
number of years before man. This would have implied He truly didn't have a definitive control over
death. He would hence have needed to permit passing to happen so He could at long last
develop man after a large number of years of the passings of "rebels" and defective natural
investigations! So how could Calvary and the unfilled tomb then be achieved? In the event that
Jesus had control over death when He strolled the avenues of Israel, and He had control over
death when He became alive once again, then He didn't have to utilize the evolutionary
procedure. Furthermore Genesis lets us know He didn't!
Adam and Eve weren't strolling on a fossil burial ground in the Garden of Eden, on the grounds
that "God saw everything that He had made, and, view, it was great" (Genesis 1:31). What God
proclaims "great" is measured against His own particular sacredness, for as Jesus said: "There is
none great yet one, that is, God" (Matthew 19:17; Luke 18:19). Demise and roughness came as
an aftereffect of the Fall (Romans 5:12; Genesis 3:17-18; Romans 8:20-22), and the wholesale
annihilation of life by God in judgment came later at the time of the Flood (Genesis 7:21-23). It
was sin, not development, which brought demise into the world. The Gospel's salvation message
is based on the establishment of who Jesus Christ is, and on what happened back in the Garden
of Eden, as recorded in the authentic record in Genesis.
A Personal Challenge
In Romans 14:10 and II Corinthians 5:10 Paul states we all must remained before the judgment
seat of Christ. Paul is addressing Christians, not around a judgment for our transgression. Rather,
its the same as in the anecdote Jesus told about the Master who returned and His servants
needed to record for how they had steadfastly served him (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-24). So
one day we need to remained before Jesus and give a record. In what manner can any of us
remained before Jesus and react when He says something like: "You had my composed and
talked Word, and my life's affirmation, so why didn't you accept? I pronounced when I strolled the
avenues of Israel that I was the Creator. I talked reality. Why didn't you accept what I let you know
Do we truly accept who Jesus Christ is? When we truly accept that He is the infinitely
knowledgeable, all-compelling Creator of the universe, it must reform how we live, think, and
comprehend the world. Yes, there are numerous experimental inquiries we don't have the foggiest
idea about the explanations for, in light of the fact that we are limited, uncertain, and subject to
missteps, false impressions, and flawed thinking. Be that as it may when we acknowledge that
God's definitive Word and the living logos are His correspondence to us, then each one of those
unanswered inquiries pale in centrality to completely knowing Jesus Christ.
In any case, such a variety of Christians still pick the "tree of learning" (Genesis 3:6) as opposed
to the Word of God (Genesis 2:17). We fear man and man's learning, overlooking that "The dread
of the Lord is the start of information" (Proverbs 1:7), and "The alarm of the Lord is the start of
insight" (Proverbs 9:10). As Jesus said, "Fear not them which slaughter the body, yet are not
equipped to murder the spirit: but instead apprehension Him which can obliterate both soul and
body in heck" (Matthew 10:28). In reality, think about the "everlasting gospel" (Revelation 14:6).
"Dread God, and offer eminence to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and love Him that
made paradise, and earth, and the ocean, and the wellsprings of waters" (v.7).
"The Universal Life Church World Headquarters defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters
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abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God."
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service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A
vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the
experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our
nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never
forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life."
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