8 :4 ). Only the Bible can give an ac curate answer. Man is completely the result of a creative act of God. He is not the result of some evolutionary accident. People today want to know, “Who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Yet, while man may realize that he is higher than the animals of the field, he must also acknowledge that he can also sink even lower than they do through sin. Man is a strange contradiction. His capabilities for good and evil both seem to be unlimited. How did man come into existence as far as the Bible is concerned? The answer is given beginning with verse 26 of Genesis chapter 1. We are made in the image and likeness of God. We have been given dominion over all of the rest of His creation. We are told that there are over 700,000 species of insects in the world. Entomologists tell us that there may well be four times that number not yet discovered or cataloged. Yet, man is more vital and in control of all things. He is the highest and last of
God’s created beings. Why did God make man? Rev. 4:11 tells us, “Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, O God, were they created.” That is so sig nificant. God made you for His own pleasure. Are you fulfilling the pur pose for which God created you? How do you do it? First of all is to have fellowship with Him. This pos sibility begins when you accept Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour. You maintain that Christian life, not through your own energy, but by yielding to the Holy Spirit who lives within you. Prayer, Bible meditation, and obedience to what you read in the Scriptures is the only way to happiness and life. There is another wonderful fact about creation in that each member of the Trinity was active in it. Gen esis 1:26 is in the plural. The Hebrew name for God is Elohim which sug gests Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All of them shared in the activities of man’s creation. God tells it like it
Harold Penrose, pictured in his Marshburn Hall office, is Director of Development and Public Relations for Biola College.
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