By John Moyibi Amoda
AND the evening and the morning were the sixth dayâ€ (verse 26, 31).
God said let there be this or that and it was so.Â And God saw that everything he made by his command was very good.Â He commanded and it was so and what he commanded to be was very good.Â This is the nature of God.Â This is what he does.
He speaks and what He speaks is created and God sees what He creates as very good. This is God going about His business – this is how He created man – by His word.
This is God â€œwho quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they wereâ€ (Romans 4:17b).
â€œThrough faith (in the Scripture) we understand that the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appearâ€ (Hebrews 11:3).
God does, God produces, God creates by His Word.Â He is God who creates by His Word.
â€œIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.Â The same was in the beginning in the beginning with God.Â All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was madeâ€ (John 1:1-3).
â€œAnd the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.Â And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely dieâ€ (Genesis 2:15-16).
Adam, the man God created was given only one task and one commandment –
The task-dress and keep the Garden of Eden.
The Commandment – Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge and good and evil, â€˜for in the day that thou eatest of it thou shalt surely dieâ€.Â The history of Adam on Earth was to be lived out in the Garden of Eden provided he did as he was commanded.
The Deceiver, however, deceived Eve, Adamâ€™s wife and Adam did as Eve, and through the disobedience of Adam sin came into existence in an Adam who henceforth could only live by his own will and not by the will of God.Â The recreation of man as a willful man is thus chronicled:
â€œThis is the book of the generation of Adam.Â In the day God created man, in the likeness of God made he him, male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.Â And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own image; and called his name Sethâ€ (Genesis 5:1-2).
God created man whom he called Adam in the likeness of God.Â Adam, however, who fell short of the glory of God when he sinned, begat a son in his own image, after his sinning nature.
Seth is the ancestor of mankind begotten after the likeliness of Adam.Â It is this Seth-kind that is the product of Adam whose lord had become the Serpent, Lucifer, Satan, called the: -prince of this world or the-prince of the power of the air; or
-the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
God declares that Seth-kind are not God-kind, and all men have been begotten after Adam-kind, whereas Adam was created in the image of God and after the likeness of God.
When Adam became transformed into a man of sin after the fall, he became the father of the Seth-kind.Â Seth-kind are the wicked and the ungodly.Â Seth-kind are dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).Â Seth-kind are not God-kind, God indicates the difference thusly:
â€œSeek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardonâ€ (Isaiah 55:6-7).
The Seth-kind which is mankind is in enmity with God.Â He cannot do the will of God.Â What he does for God he does according to his will, according to his thoughts and according to his way.Â His religions are born of the flesh.
Godâ€™s main purpose is to redeem Seth-kind, to redeem mankind, and this redemption only God can achieve, â€œfor all have sinned and come short of the glory of Godâ€ (Romans 8:23).
God shows that there is only one kind of business, and that is the business that He alone can do.Â All traders in God, all who have set up denominational business associations of God are outside of the will of God.Â To all mankind the message of God, is:
â€œLet the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughtâ€¦For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.Â For as he heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughtsâ€ (Isaiah 55:7b-9).
All that man can do is to respond to the call of God – mankind is commanded to forsake his wicked way and his unrighteous thoughts.
He is not called to set up shop in the name of God.Â He is called by God to return to a God â€œwho will have mercy upon him, and who will abundantly pardonâ€.
All that mankind can ever do for God is to forsake his wicked ways and his â€¦But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
â€¦For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his lifeâ€ (Romans 5:6,8,10).
Christ died for the ungodly; Christ died for sinners; Christ died for the enemies of God; God reconcile us to Himself by the death of His Son.
The Law had failed to save us; we were Godâ€™s enemies, wicked and ungodly when God redeemed us.Â No man was qualified to effect manâ€™s reconciliation with God.Â It was God all the way.Â This is His Gospel, His business, an initiative God undertook while man was still dead in trespasses and sins:
â€œWherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us; even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved); And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast.Â For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in themâ€ (Ephesians 2:1-10).
The God who is rich in mercy because of his great love wherewith he loved us, saved us by grace when he:
-quickened us together with Christ in the grave;
-raised us up together with Christ from the dead;
-made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus;
-refashioned us in Christ to do the works he had before ordained that we should do.