Adam's Lie vs. Christ's Truth, Part I

Friday, August 17, 2007

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God is the author of all things. There was a time when there was nothing except the eternal, self-existing One. Original and never-becoming, all that is needed to be abides in Him. He does not look outside of Himself for provision. He is uniquely other. All things that were to become were not yet. There will be for all things outside of Him flux. For God, there is unwavering constancy woven into His very being. He is the great “I am.” All meaning and purpose are bound up in His nature, a nature that is unlike any other; He is holy. Every thing to become has a meaning and purpose that is derivative; that which is created is “meant” or “purposed” by the Creator. All reality serves as a demonstration of eternal truth, chiefly in the display of God’s glory.

Carefully placed in the beginning chapter of Genesis, the book of beginnings, the term “good” is placed upon certain things. Well, what is “goodness”? What does it mean for something to be good? We flippantly throw around such a word without a thought of their substance, their point-of-reference. Whatever we understand “good” to be, we have just seen that its meaning must be derivative. This value must be assigned, based upon some eternal, infinite, perfect, and fixed reality, by the One who upholds all such reality.

Just as the moon, i.e. the lesser light, has no original light of its own and whose light is derivative, based upon what small amount of light it reflects from the sun, i.e. the greater light, how much more does creation derive its goodness from the greatest Good, the original Good. God’s glory spills forth from the goodness observed in Himself by Himself to create for Himself something to reflect Himself. To the degree which He sees Himself in this creation, He enjoys it. God’s providence in creation—creating filling, supplying, maintaining, etc.—display an eternal truth about God, something intrinsic to His nature. Creation is an overflow of, or outpouring of, something of Himself, some characteristic.

We see lights that govern over night and day. We observe vast creatures that could crush us with little effort. We search out the tiniest realities that we suppose are the glue of the universe. The continuum of size and variety display the eternal reality of the size of our God and the vast array over which He exercises authority. He is the Sovereign Lord over all things.

Until man was created, everything was good. God had evaluated those things He had created, and He was pleased. The eternal joy that God had in Himself then led Him to say,

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Gen 1:26)

Thus, we see a creature aware of its glorification of his Creator, illustrated in his fruitful multiplication and dominion over all other creation on earth. Man: Imago Dei, i.e. the image of God. God’s creation had reached a crescendo; God had established man as a representative for Himself unto creation, and seeing His glory bearers, “Very good.” What a divine pronouncement! After all, man did bear the image of God.