WITH A PRICE
know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1Co 6:19,20
are not our own. From its very first pages in Genesis to its final Chapters in
the Book of Revelation the Bible makes it very clear that we are created beings.
GOD'S word informs us, "In the beginning God created
the heaven and the earth. 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." Genesis 1:1, Revelation 4:11
Creator and as the One who continues to sustains His creation we are reminded
everything that exist belongs to the LORD. In Psalms 24:1 we read, "The
earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."
are included in the "they" of God's creation. When the Psalmist tried
to understand this, he was forced to cry out for wisdom in order that he may know
how to conduct his life in a way that would please the one who had made him. "Thy
hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn Thy
commandment." Psalms 119:73
also are the Lord's by rights of creation. And as our Creator He alone has claim
to our lives. The scriptures declare, "All things were
made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. For by him
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:" Colossians 1:16 and
is meant by, God created? It means that God was not employed by another to bring
about the creation of the universe. In the LORD'S reproof of Job HE reminds him
of this when HE asks, "Where wast thou when I laid the
foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding." Job
was not employed by another, nor did another assist Him when HE brought forth
the heavens and the earth. There are times when the maker is not the owner, but
GOD, is both maker and owner of all that exist, both seen and unseen. Long before
anythong came into existence, GOD WAS! "And he is before
all things, and by him all things consist. Hath in these last days spoken unto
us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made
the worlds." Colossians 1:17, Heb 1:2
did both undertake and complete what HE started and when all was finished HE remarked
of HIS creation, "And God saw every thing that he had
made, and, behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:31
states, God has made ALL THINGS for Himself. even the wicked
for the day of evil.
Proverbs 16:4. Not only did GOD create all things,
but, He made all things of nothing. Man can only bring about from what already
is. But GOD without any matter at all created and brought into being by the power
of HIS word, that which we now know.
instance, A potter when he makes a vessel, if the clay is not his own then he
can not claim full ownership, though he made with his own hands the vessel formed.
Not so with GOD! When it comes to our lives the Prophet Isaiah tells us, "But
now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we
all are the work of thy hand."
made all without the help another. Proverbs 30:4 declares, "Who
hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his
fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends
of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?"
one assisted GOD, nor did any in the slightest aid him, or was HIS advisor when
it came to the work of creation. GOD alone made all that exist and no one can
share in HIS glory. 1Corinthians 4:7 says, "For who
maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?
now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received
YOU LIVING YOUR LIFE AS IF YOU BELONG TO YOURSELF?
end of part one ------------------
ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS
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