The Foundations

stacked-stone-foundation“In the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1, 2)

Here we have the first foundation of Scripture: The Creation. If the first verses of Genesis are made of sand, our Bibles will be better used as paper weights, coffee table coasters and door stops. On the other hand, if they are rock, we hold the very commencement of the revelation of a huge and awesome God. Then God said, “Let there be…” and from nothing He brought forth all things. His existence is confirmed in the created order; His invisible attributes clearly seen. His immense and eternal power is made known and understandable by the things He has made. All of which is intended to be an astonishing universal witness to peoples everywhere; a surety of witness that pardons no one who denies His ownership and refuses to glorify Him as God. (Romans 1:18-32)

The second foundation of Scripture is The Fall. “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’ – therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.” (Genesis 3:22, 23) Mankind was created to be inherently good. However, the events of Eden spun things in a one-eighty. Inherent wickedness became our lot. Our resume consists of – “being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; (we are) whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful…” and we ignore God and His judgment and encourage others to do the same. (Romans 1:18-32)

The third foundation of Scripture is The Redemption. “The Lord God said to the serpent…‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head. And you shall bruise His heel.’” (Genesis 3:15) Immediately after the fall a Redeemer was promised. One who would purchase back mankind and return them to God. The price would be the Redeemer Himself, but in His suffering a fatal blow would be delivered to the head of Satan. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterwards those who are Christ’s at His coming.” (I Corinthians 15:22, 23)

The Lord God created a perfect world and placed free will in its center. He did this to provide His ultimate creature the capacity to choose to love Him or not to love Him. He had no desire for automatons. In the foreknowledge of the original outcome, the Lord God had His Redeemer and redemption at the ready. He didn’t throw us and history on the scrapheap. Aren’t you glad of that? And “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman (Eve’s seed), born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4, 5) Aren’t you even gladder of that?

Is our faith resting on these three foundations? Are we standing on the “God said” rock concerning the creation? Or have we been hoodwinked to believe mistakes, mutations and millions of years are our creators? Do we have open eyes to our complete lack of an inherent goodness and owning our fallen depravity? Or have we been hoodwinked to believe like many of our fellow citizens who have fashioned their entire world view (liberalism/progressivism) on the false premise that man is indeed good and all the world’s ills can be solved with the confiscation and redistribution of its stuff by the State? Are we living the reality that Jesus Christ Himself is the propitiation for our sins and no other? Or have we been hoodwinked to believe there are a thousand and one ways to be reconciled to God?

Is our Bible a revelation or a paper weight?

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