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Jesus in the Old is God in the New

            To try to understand even the basics of the complexities of God, we have to grasp core truths. Not one person living whether it is a learned scholar, a fierce atheist, or a veteran preacher can realistically say they know all there is to know about God. So many religions have a god or many gods stacked with a required list of platitudes that must be completed before the idea of salvation can even be considered. These are not the focus. Jehovah, the Great I Am, the King of kings, is the focus for us as born again believers. If you are not a child of the King, you are gambling with your life and eternity. Today and for many days to come, we are looking at the Jesus in the Old Testament.

 

            If you aren’t a regular church goer or even if you are, you may be thinking, “Hold it. Old Testament was God and plagues, vengeance, and all that. New Testament is love with Jesus saving everybody because He’s like love.” 

            Well, no that is not exactly true. God of the Old is Jesus of the New. As I stated earlier, those core truths must be understood. So let’s look at truth in God’s Word in the beginning.

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

            First, evolutionist theorist, and other like-minded folks scoff and pity us as literal Bible believers. “We live on an old rock that’s billions of billions years old. Our fossil records prove it.” Okay. Relax. This particular argument I know will not be solved here to your liking, Unbelieving Reader, but I just ask you to be open-minded as I am sure you want me and the others to be. Calibrating the mitochondrial clock’s author, Gibbons states,

Natural radioactivity, mutations, and decay degrade DNA and other biological material rapidly. Measurements of the mutation rate of mitochondrial DNA recently forced researchers to revise the age of "mitochondrial Eve" from a theorized 200,000 years down to possibly as low as 6,000 years” (1998).

I am just going to say one thing and maybe one day, I’ll come back to it or better yet, you and Google check it out.  Just one of many other truths that validate the whole cannon of a young earth created by God is that little sediment exists on seafloors. Moving forward.

 

So if we take the first line, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and place it at the core of our belief that we are not just evolved piles of cells, how does that connect us to Christ?

I have to jump ahead to show you.

Genesis 1:26-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth,[a] and the creatures that crawl[b] on the earth.”

27 So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

 

That pronoun in simplest terms is not plural. Look at it again. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. 

Our means more than one. We are talking about, Father, Son, and Spirit.

 

            So ley’s recap:  

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

            Then we have:

Genesis 1:26-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth,[a] and the creatures that crawl[b] on the earth.”

27 So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

            We are created in the image of God. First thoughts?

            The skeptic takes a shot and says, “Yeah! So your “God” created people everywhere. The babies missing toes, fingers, those premature babies that die, the ones who have special needs! Is that the image of your loving “God”?   We are definitely going to look at this issue later in epic detail. I promise. But for now, the answer is, “Yes.”

 

            Now back to the original train of thought. God created the earth and mankind in their image. Does that make everyone a child of God if he’s God, and he made everyone?

            No. Here is why:

 

            John 1:10-13

He was in the world,
and the world was created through Him,
yet the world did not recognize Him.
11 He came to His own,[f]
and His own people[g] did not receive Him.

12 But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be[h] children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born,
not of blood,[i]
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man,[j]

but of God.

The Gospel of John shows that Jesus was walking in the world, the world He created further validated the truth of the very first verse back in Genesis. Look at verses twelve through thirteen:

But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born,
not of blood,
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man,
but of God.

 So not only has God the Father, Christ the Son, and The Holy Spirit created the world, made mankind in their image, but all three have made a way for all created to be known as children of God through the Grace of God by accepting by faith Jesus and receiving Him as Savior.