Beginning: Creation and the Redeemer


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1)

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it…

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John1)

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For me these are some of the most awe inspiring parts of the Bible, revealing God as creator – and therefore above all things, the ultimate authority who has to answer to no one but Himself.

But also revealing His relationship with His creation; His willingness to step into His created world to personally make Himself known to those willing to recognise and receive Him for who He is.

He did not remain aloof and distant, but reached out IN PERSON to bring His light to a world, and people, of spiritual darkness.

 

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God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God

Jesus said:

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

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