"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1. In six days, He set the heavenly bodies in their places. He made the earth fit for vegetation and habitation for animals and man. On the sixth day He said, "Let us make man in our image." 1:26. God formed man's body of the dust of the ground. He breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living soul. 2:7.
God created animals, but they were not created in God's image. God gave life to the animals but God's Word does not say he breathed life into them. Animals are physical. They do not have a spiritual nature. When animals die, their bodies decay, and they go out of existence. Man is physical, but man, like God, is spiritual. When man dies, his body returns to the dust, but his spirit returns to God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7.
When God breathed life into man and he was made in God's image, he could say, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14. Man is body, soul, and spirit. He is superior to animals in intelligence. Man is spiritual and will continue to live in eternity.
Man can choose between right and wrong. He can choose whether he will serve sin or righteousness. Romans 6:16. This cannot be said of any animal. In the words of Joshua, "Choose whom you will serve ... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15. As God created man in His image, we need to heed the words of Solomon. "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth." Ecclesiastes 12:1. "Hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." 12:13.
We now consider a New Testament passage which states, "God breathed." "All scripture is given by inspiration of God." 2 Timothy 3:16. The Greek words for "Inspired of God" mean "God breathed."
Prophecy came from men of God guided by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21. When God formed Eve, He united her with Adam. Jesus said, "What God has joined together, let no man put asunder." Matthew 19:4-6. This is based upon the words found in Genesis 2:23,24. This shows the book of Genesis came from God. The words found in the book of Exodus came from God. Exodus 20:1. David, who wrote many of the Psalms, was called a prophet (one who speaks for God) in Acts 2:29, 30. The Lord spoke through the prophets of the Old Testament. (2 Peter 1:21; Isaiah 8:1; Jeremiah 2:1; Ezekiel 1:3.)
During the New Testament Age, God speaks to us through Jesus. Hebrews 1:1, 2. We will be judged by the words of Jesus. John 12:48. The truth which was revealed by Jesus (John 1:17) will make us free. John 8:31, 32. That truth is called God's word. John 17:17.
Jesus revealed the truth to the Apostles and New Testament prophets. Jesus promised the Apostles He would send the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth. John 16:13. On the Day of Pentecost the Apostles spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4. The gospel which is revealed in the New Testament is God's power to save. Romans 1:15-17.
If we would learn God's will for us, we must follow the example of the Bereans. They searched the Scriptures daily. Acts 17:11. These Scriptures which are inspired of God are "profitable for doctrine (teaching), for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16.
We must receive the Word with meekness and be obedient to that word. James 1:21, 22. God speaks to us through that word. We should hear the word gladly. -111 Heather Court, Scott Depot, WV 25560.
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