THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
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In The Beginning God Created
May 4, 2009
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NASB)
“For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the
Lord. (Isaiah 66:2 NASB)
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities―all things have been
created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16 NASB)
(19) Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it
evident to them. (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His
eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what
has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20 NASB)
By faith we understand that the worlds [eons, ages] were prepared by the word of
God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3
NASB [CV, REB])
By faith we understand the ages [eons] to have been fitted together by declaration of God,
to the end that not of things appearing should that which is seen have come into
existence. (Hebrews 11:3 REB [CV])
The above verses make it abundantly clear that God created all things; that is, everything, both seen and
unseen, has been created by God. To be more explicit, all things have been made by God the Father
through His Son, our Lord Jesus. Further, whether man believes in God or not, God has revealed
Himself and His very nature to all mankind through the things He has made. In other words, all matter
is an expression of who God is. The fact of the matter is that man, the highest expression of matter, was
created to be in the image and likeness of Elohim. Of course, this image is on a much higher plane than
simply matter; it is a joining of the spiritual and the physical, for God is spirit (John 4:24).
It is interesting that some scientists are searching for what they call the “ God particle ,” which is
thought to be the foundation block of all matter. Science first declared that everything in the universe is
made up of what are called elements , 94 elements to be exact, and the smallest measure of these
elements is called an atom , which means it cannot be divided. In other words, when the atom was
discovered, it was thought to be the smallest particle of matter. Although not described this way, it
could have been called the God particle. But then, physicists discovered that the atom is actually made
up of three particles, the electron, proton, and neutron. These are called subatomic particles .
However, as physicists have delved further into their theories about matter, the number of particles has
grown to something like 57 fundamental particles, and now they talk of such things as fermions, quarks,
leptons, and bosons, to name a few. Searching for the God particle ties in with the theory that the
universe began with a big bang. According to this theory, the universe began as a very hot and dense
spot of radiation (light) of almost no size that expanded rapidly. Consequently, some have described
the universe as a patch of light that has evolved .
Sound familiar? Don’t get hung up on the word evolve . The first words of God recorded in the Bible are:
“Let there be light;” and there was light (Genesis 1:3). It seems to me that man has expended a lot
of energy trying to come up with his own theories, only to prove the accuracy of God’s word.
However, scientists are not satisfied with God speaking light into being or that light somehow began to
expand. What puzzles them is how this light became matter, that is, how it became something visible as
physical matter like, for example, rocks and stones. Using their jargon, they have sought to solve the
mystery of how light (energy) acquired mass and became things like quarks, then atoms, gases, and
rocks. And of course, they add us, that is, mankind to the list. Putting the whole matter of evolution
aside, mankind, in fact, was created by God from the soil of the earth, so our physical bodies are
composed of the same elements of the universe that came forth from light. This is fascinating stuff to
inquisitive minds. But it does not stop here, for in the 1960’s, Peter Higgs, an English physicist,
theorized that there is a God particle that holds the key to this mystery. This particle is actually called
the Higgs boson , which, by the way, has never been observed; it is just a theory. According to the
theory, this phantom particle first existed about a tenth of a billionth of a second after the big bang,
which changed radiation (i.e., light, energy) into a universe of stuff (i.e., matter).
Well, this is all fascinating stuff in its own right, but we need to be reminded that this is man’s attempt
to explain what God did to bring creation into existence. What we know to be fact and not theory is that,
in the beginning, whenever that was, God created the heavens and the earth, and when He restored a
wasted earth, He spoke “Let there be light,” and there was light. If interested in an explanation of the
restoration of the earth that was void and in ruin, please see my book The Purpose and Plan of the
Eons , Volume 1, Chapter 1, The Eons .
What is really fascinating to me is that scientists acknowledge that light became matter. John tells us
that God is light (1 John 1:5). In other words, light, along with love and spirit, is the very essence of
God. It is who He is. So, it only makes sense that in the beginning the very source of life is light, love,
and spirit. (Issue #02-0842, June 10, 2008, Light, Love, Life has been quite popular.) Consequently,
light went forth to bring into being matter or the physical world and all that we can see, including us. As
the word of God tells us, God created the visible out of the invisible or the seen out of the unseen, and in
the visible world or universe, we see and know God, that is, His invisible attributes, His eternal power,
and His divine nature. It is as if God exploded Himself into creation, metaphorically speaking.
If we accept this idea, then we also must accept that all matter is an expression of the very Creator who
is Light. In other words, if we accept that light created matter and the source of this light is God is light,
then His invisible attributes are the very core and fiber of all matter, that is, the God particle.
Consequently, everything of creation, from the smallest and least significant mass to the largest and
most significant mass, is of God.
Now, stick with me; if this is true, then from whence does evil come? Man has postulated many answers
to this question; of course, most Christians believe it came from a fallen angel supposedly called Lucifer
and the first man’s free will gone bad in the garden of Eden. But how could this be if all that is in the
universe came forth from God in the first place? After all, from Him and through Him and to Him
are all things (Romans 11:36). It is as if something foreign entered into creation. There is only one
answer, and that is, it too came from God, which is what Scripture tell us.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all
these things. (Isaiah 45:7 KJV)
If you will, picture God creating His universe and then injecting evil, a foreign substance, into it, much
like a doctor injecting a foreign substance (vaccine) into the human body. Only God could do this, for if
it came from any other source, then God is not truly God and the ultimate Sovereign of His creation.
Consequently, it would mean that He could not prevent something contrary to His will from entering
into His creation that could alter the ultimate destiny He has set for His creation. I realize this is a
challenge for many that have been taught otherwise, but this challenge can be overcome once we see
that God not only created evil but also created the ancient, crooked serpent, the devil, as a sinner in
order to fulfill His purpose and plan for all mankind and creation.
For the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose,
to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 NASB)
In other words, the devil was created by God as a sinning, lying being, not as a perfect being that fell in
sin. Do not take this to mean that God is evil or that He misses the mark. No; it is as if God created a
being totally opposite in character to Himself to be His and our adversary for His purpose. For more
explanation, please see the next issue #03-09121, May 6, 2009, The Crooked, Ancient Serpent .
However, the good news is that God has provided the antidote; His name is Jesus, the Son of God.
The Upward Call: #03-09120
by: Stuart H. Pouliot