God’s Creation Work

According to the bible, the Six-Day Creation represents the six-thousand years of God’s salvation work, the spiritual creation of God’s people. God is working for the last six thousand years to make us into a new creation who resemble God. About this creation work of God, Jesus Christ said:

John 5:17 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”

God is working all these ages to create us into the image of God. Even though we are unholy and sinful unworthy to receive salvation or eternal life in heaven, since we are created into a holy people of God through the creation work of God, we can be the royal priesthood of God in heaven, reigning with God forever and ever.

A New Creation

Apostle Paul teaches us that God is making us into a new creation that we may be holy just as God is holy.

Colossians 3:10 Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him. (ERV)

Ephesians 2:10 God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do. (ERV)

Through the creation work of God, we are made into a new creation resembling the image of God.

1 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

The Process of the New Creation

However, the process that we are created into the image of God is not easy. To make us into a new creation, God is working as workman. In this process, God puts us in a many different situations to test us and to shape us.

In the time of Moses, God set the Israel people free from the slavery of Egypt, and led them to the land of Canaan. Before allowing them the land as inheritance, first God tested them and shaped them as people of God by putting them into many different situations. Through this process they were made into a new creation worthy enough to be called the people of God.

Until they are completely made into the new creation, God was working over and over again, leading them through the desert.

Deuteronomy 8:2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

The New Creation Through the Words of God

Spiritually, it is the same. God put us into a spiritual desert. Sometimes, we are put into a plentiful circumstances, and other times a lacking ones. We go through many difficulties and sufferings in wealth, health, relationship, preaching, faith, etc. And God is searching our heart to know if we are depending on the words of God or not.

When we come to completely rely on the words of Go, obeying the commands of God, we can be the new creation and enter into the kingdom of heaven, our spiritual home Canaan.

Refined Like Silver or Gold

Sometimes we are compared to silver or gold refined by God. We are like gold and the words of God is like fire. We are refined through the fire that is words of God (Jeremiah 5:14) that we may become pure like gold or silver.

Proverbs 17:3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.

Isaiah 48:10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Made Into Pottery

Also we are compared to a lump of clay made into articles of a house for various purposes. When a potter make a jar with a lump of clay, he uses water to make it easy to shape the lump into various forms. Without water it is almost impossible to shape the lump into a desirable form.

It is the same with us who are the lump made by God. God is shaping us with the words of God, that is, water. (Ephesians 5:26) We can be made into a creation desirable for the purposes of God when we have the water that is the words of God in us.

Conclusion

Ceaselessly, God is creating us into the image of God even now. When the creation work becomes complete and we are made holy just like God, then God will allow us to enter the heaven. Until the process is over, we diligently obey the commands of God, making effort to resemble God in every way.

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