Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wonder of the World

Reading the other day I was reminded that our beginning as people began in Genesis 1.  Yes this is the creation account and many of us read through this saying, "la, la, la... I could recite this."  Still others may read through this and say, "yeah so it is a list of things God created."  Yes this is the place where God created some of the Wonders of the World I've attached below.

Grand Canyon

The Great Barrier Reef

Komodo Island

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights

The Victoria Falls, World's Largest Water Fall
Yes in this Genesis account God made these things listed above and many other things in nature that seem to take our breath away; only if pictures could do justice.  However it is a major theological mistake to skip over this and simply say this is the account of God's Creation.  Yes I said Theological Mistake.  The reason is found in verse 27 and 31 where we find the pinnacle of God's creation: MAN!!  Here we are told we are the Wonder of His creation, the pinnacle, not these things listed above.  We are image bearers of God, meaning we reflect His Glory.

Whether we realize it or not many of us take our beginning as man back to Genesis 3, which capitalizes on the Fall.  I don't deny we were born in a fallen state, separated from God, with no hope of ourselves.  But we are told in Ephesians that God knew us before the foundations of the world.  That means our beginning goes back to you and I as God's Wonder of the World. 

Our reflected Glory is renewed then through Jesus.  Yes without Jesus we are hopeless and lost and don't give a true reflection of God's Image.  Yes I would even agree that there is a battle of the flesh within us.  But you are something amazing now in Jesus.  You are capable of good because of Jesus.  You are the wonder of God's Creation, you reflect God's Glory and believing anything less than this is not humility, but shame and pride.

Be reminded your original glory is greater than any of these images above and take our breath away.

2 Corinthians 3:7-8, 12-13, 18; Philippians 2:15-16; Matthew 5:16; Romans 7 (Paul makes distinction between his flesh and his "inner being" that comes to life through Jesus)

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