Creation Cards and the Gospel
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The features of the creatures of creation are clearly incredible with designs in colors, textures, personalities, and abilities that are especially suited to enable each creature to thrive and survive whether it is in the hot, cold, or temperate climates where they are designed live. Whether it’s a Nudibranch that steals its defense mechanisms from the animals that it eats, or a primate called the Aye-Aye that plays the role of a woodpecker (since there are no woodpeckers in Madagascar), or a gibbon that can turn 370 degrees in its shoulder joint without tearing its muscles or shutting off the blood supply—everywhere we look the creation displays amazing design, order, predictability, regularity, symmetry, and beauty!
Many creatures look like a piece of art. Of course a piece of art requires an artist.
All of the creatures on planet earth display design, which, of course, requires a Designer.
A “life form” or creature must have a “Life Former” or Creator. If there is an Artist/Designer/Creator who fashioned all of the creatures on planet earth, then we all would quite naturally want to know who this Artist/Designer/Creator is!
The Bible is the only ancient history book that tells us exactly who the Artist/Designer/Creator of the Universe is. The first book in the Bible, Genesis, begins in its very first verse with these words:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
This brings up a legitimate question: Who is this God Who created the heaven and the earth?
The Bible is divided into two major parts. The oldest Scriptures are called the Tanakh or Old Testament (Genesis begins the Tanakh or Old Testament) and the newer Scriptures are called the New Testament.
There are three places in the New Testament where we are specifically told who the Artist/Designer/Creator is:
The Gospel of John chapter one
The book of Colossians chapter one
The book of Hebrews chapter one
• Gospel of John 1:1-4: "In the beginning was the Word [speaking of Creator Jesus “Yeshua”, the Messiah], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
• Colossians 1:15-17: "For by him [speaking of Jesus “Yeshua”] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist [hold together]."
• Hebrews 1:1-2: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom [Jesus] also he made the worlds;"
Something deep down inside our hearts tells us that this is true. We may not want to believe it for various reasons, but we know that there must be a Creator for all of the marvelous creations that we see.
So the Bible identifies and names the Artist/Designer/Creator and His name is Jesus or in Hebrew, Yeshua. Jesus is the eternal Son of God the Father. Some things about the God of the Bible are hard to understand, they are true, but we must believe them by faith because there is no way to prove them with a scientific experiment. There are many people who do not believe that there ever was an Artist/Designer/Creator and that all of the beautiful, incredibly, complex creatures that we see got here by means of a mindless [no God], accidental, random, chance process over millions of years. They believe that somehow everything created itself with no God involved at all. People believe this by faith since there is no scientific experiment that can prove that this idea (“molecules to man” evolution) is true.
The Two Big Choices:
Were all of the wonderfully complex creatures that we enjoy the result of evolution (mindless, accidental, non-purposeful, non-directed, non-intentional, random, chance processes over millions of years),
Did God the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through the agency of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, create everything as described in the Bible? Both Evolution and Creation are faith-based systems of origins (How did everything get started: How did it get here?). There is no scientific experiment that can prove either Creation or Evolution to be true, so both ideas are based on faith—faith in eternal matter/energy or faith in the eternal Creator God.
Everyone: Atheist (no God), Agnostic (maybe there is a God or maybe not) or Theist (God is alive and well) believes by faith in something eternal. Everyone believes by faith either in eternal God or eternal matter/energy. Since the Bible tells us that Jesus is the Creator, and since there is no way to prove that He is not the Creator; Jesus, as the Creator, would be the only one Who would have the right and the authority to be the Redeemer/Savior of His creation—which is us!
But why would there be a need for a Redeemer/Savior? Why would people need to be saved, and to be saved from what? The God of the Bible is holy (Exodus 15:11). He is righteous and just (Psalm 97:2). Because He is righteous He cannot tolerate sinful, wrong actions and attitudes (Habakkuk 1:13). God is holy and we are not holy. We all are sinners in rebellion against our Creator and His holiness. No person is righteous like God, not even one person (Romans 3:10).
• Have you ever told a lie, even a “white” lie?
• Have you ever not told the truth to your father or mother or teacher?
• Yes all of us have lied to someone about something one time or another in our lives—we are not righteous like God!
• Have you ever stolen something?
• Have you ever stolen a cookie or a pen that did not belong to you? What about a piece of clothing? Have you ever stolen someone else’s ideas or cheated on a test?
• Have you ever told someone that you did something, but you did not really do it?
• Yes, we have “all sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
• We are not Holy as God is holy and “without holiness no one shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
2 Corinthians 7:10a—When our Lord enables us to realize how unrighteous and unholy we truly are in contrast to His pure holiness our response by His grace should be deep sorrow: “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation….” When we become aware of our sinful condition we understand that it separates us from our Holy Heavenly Father. The result of our sin is that there is eternal judgment against us. Knowledge of our sinful state should make us sorrowful and lead us, by God’s grace, to repentance (to turn and go in the opposite direction).
Hebrews 9:26-28—About 2000 years ago Jesus came to earth “to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered [on the cross] to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
So the next question is “How do we get this godly holiness since we are unclean sinners?”
There is good news: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Our Creator Himself, Messiah Jesus, Who created us and all of the incredible creatures that roam the earth, is our Redeemer/Savior!
• Romans 5:8-9:
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood [sacrifice on the cross], we shall be saved from wrath through him.” The righteous and holy Lord Jesus was the necessary blood sacrifice so that God could take away our sins and put them on Jesus and give us, as a gift, His righteousness and holiness.
• Ephesians 2:7-10
“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. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained [prepared] that we should walk in them.”
• 2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he (God the Father) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who (Jesus) knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
• When we receive the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior our sins are washed away (past sins, present sins, and future sins) and we are given the holiness of God as His pre-paid gift to us.
1 Peter 1:16: “…it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
• Colossians 2:13
“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened [made alive] together with him [Jesus], having forgiven you all trespasses.”
At the point in time when we receive the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior ALL of our trespasses (sins) are forgiven. This word “ALL” includes everything and excludes nothing!
As God the Father looks at us through God the Son, Jesus, we are holy—our sins are forgiven, they have been washed away by His blood sacrifice on the cross of Calvary!
“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
• Revelation 1:4-6
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
• Revelation 4:11
The Bible speaks of our Creator and says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
• Romans 10:9-11
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."
Since I am a sinner according to the Bible (I lie, cheat, steal, lust, and basically do not obey the Ten Commandments) and if salvation is by grace through faith and is a totally free gift then how do I get my sins forgiven and obtain eternal life with Holy God?
Most people say, “Well, I live a pretty good life, I do good deeds, I go to church on Sunday morning.”
The Next Question:
• Will going to church,
• Helping people in need,
• Doing good deeds,
• Giving money to charities,
• Obeying my parents,
• Staying off drugs,
• Not watching immoral things on my computer, help get me to heaven?
• There is nothing that we can do: going to church, doing good deeds, being an ideal husband, wife, child, brother, or sister etc. that will help us somehow become more acceptable to our Holy God so that He will invite us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.
• All of these things are human-generated works, but salvation is a free gift and not a result of human-generated good deeds.
• Let us not forget Ephesians 2:8-10: "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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained [prepared] that we should walk in them."
Salvation is a free gift! We can do nothing to earn a “free gift.” If we do good deeds (work) to get a gift it is no longer a gift—it is a wage that is earned. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
• To become the owner of a gift (something that we have in no way earned) we must receive it.
• We must receive the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator/Redeemer, as our personal Savior!
• Since our salvation is completely and totally given to us as a gift from our Lord by grace through faith, then it essential for us to know Who we must place our faith in and what we must believe.
• What really is the GOSPEL or the Good News?
The Apostle Paul explained: “I declare unto you the gospel… By which also ye are saved…. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen… he was seen… he was seen… he was seen…” (1 Corinthians 15:1b-5ff).
The Good News is that Jesus died for our sins and His death was prophesied (foretold) in the earlier Scriptures before He was born (see Psalm 22). One of these passages is from the Prophet Isaiah: “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him [Messiah Yeshua] the iniquity of us all”(Isaiah 53:4-6).
What is the evidence that Jesus died?
He was buried!—1 Corinthians 15:4a
It was also prophesied that He would be raised up from the dead: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10).
• Luke 24:1-9
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest."
What is the evidence that Jesus was brought back to life at the Resurrection?
~1 Corinthians 15:3-6: “That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep [died since seeing Jesus after the Resurrection].”
~1 Corinthians 15:7-8: “After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen seen of me also [the apostle Paul].” The evidence for the resurrection is that Jesus was seen, He was seen, He was seen, He was seen after His death and burial!
• Are you trusting in your good works to help get you to heaven or are you trusting in the finished work (death and resurrection) of the Lord Jesus Christ?
• If you believe that Jesus died and rose again and are trusting in His work and His work alone for the forgiveness of your sins then you have been given the gift of eternal life. You are saved from the eternal punishment unforgiven sins deserve! Your sins are forgiven!
• John 5:24: “Verily, verily, I [Jesus] say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
As John 5:24 says ,when we fully trust in the Lord Jesus:
• We have [present tense] everlasting life.
• There is no future condemnation.
Is it possible to know for sure that my sins are forgiven and I have eternal life?
1 John 5:11-13: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
• John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Our Creator has provided a way for us to have our sins forgiven and to come into eternal fellowship with Him. Jesus, our Creator, said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
• Acts 4:12: Speaking of Jesus the Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
• John 8:23-24: “And he [Jesus] said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
• Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
• Acts 16:30-31: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
A pattern for a prayer asking for Salvation:
Heavenly Father, I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is your only Son [John 3:16]. I believe that He came to earth from heaven and was born of a virgin, putting on human flesh. I believe that Jesus lived a sinless life and was crucified and died to take the penalty for my personal sins and sinfulness. I believe that He rose from the dead on the third day after His death and that His resurrection proved that You, Heavenly Father, were satisfied with His sacrifice. Please forgive my sin: I now receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. In Jesus Name, Amen
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