In the creation of man was manifested the action of a personal God. God had made mankind in His image. The human form was perfect in all its arrangements, but it was without life.
Then a personal, self-existing God breathed into that form the breath of life, and man became a living, breathing, intelligent being.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground… Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them …and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Psalms 139:16; Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
A personal God created humanity through Christ
God designed that humans, the crowning work of His creation, should express His thought and reveal His glory. This living God is worthy of our thought, praise adoration and worship as the Creator of the world and as the Creator of mankind.
We are to praise and glorify God, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
While we may discern the creative work of God in the things He has made, these things are not God. Nature has its influence upon the senses. Her voice, according to the Word of God, is heard to the end of the world.
The physical creation testifies of God and Christ as the great Creator of all things. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:3, 4 (KJV)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1-3 (KJV).
God is a spirit and yet He is a personal being
God is a personal being for man and woman were created in His image. As a personal being God has revealed Himself in His Son. Jesus, the outshining of the Father’s glory, and the express image of His person – Hebrews 1:3, was on earth found in fashion as a man.
As a personal Savior, He:
- came to the world
- ascended on high
- intercedes in the heavenly courts
Before the throne of God in our behalf ministers One like the Son of man. Daniel 7:13 (KJV)
The greatness of God is incomprehensible to us. The Lord’s throne is in heaven – Psalm 11:4 (KJV); yet by His Spirit He is everywhere present. He has an intimate knowledge of and a personal interest in all the works of His hand.
It was the Maker of all things who in the material world provided that every desire implanted should be met. It was He who created the human soul with its capacity for knowing and loving.
And He is not in Himself such as to leave the demands of the soul unsatisfied. It is not enough to believe in law and force, in things that have no pity, and never hear the cry for help.
We need to know of an almighty arm that will hold us up, of an infinite Friend that pities us. We need to trust in a heart full of tenderness. And even so is the knowledge of God in His word.
Through Christ the Word, a personal God created man and endowed him with intelligence and power.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made. John 1:1, 3
Sin separated humans and their Maker. No man has seen God at any time, except as He is manifested through Christ.
I and My Father are one. John 10:30
No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. Matthew 11:27
Had God desired to be represented as dwelling personally in the things of nature? For instance – in the flower, tree, and the spire of grass. Would not Christ have spoken of this to His disciples when He was on the earth?
But never in the teaching of Christ is God thus spoken of. Christ and the apostles taught clearly the truth of the existence of a personal God.
- 8T 264; 7MR 372; Ed 131; Ed 133; MH 415 – The Ellen G. White Estate
- King James Version (KJV) Bible – BibleGateway
- Image courtesy – Pixabay
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