Monday, December 22, 2008

Creation: Examples in Greek and Hebrew

John 1: 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

According to John, God made everything both visible and invisible that needed making. But according to this, not everything needed making. Somethings are self-existent like God is. Interesting how the creation story does not discuss the creation of the angels in heaven or of Lucifer, Michael, and Gabriel. Now, do not misunderstand. God did form or organize the spirits, but not from nothing. Why is that important? Because it means that God is not responsible for creating evil. Satan is the father of lies.

Zech 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

God formed or brought into being the sprit of man. We are the spiritual offspring of god. But this doesnt mean it was formed from nothing. In fact the word used for create is "yatsar". According to Hebrew lexicons, yatsar (yaw-tsar') means to mould into a form; especially as a potter; to determine, fashion, form, frame, or make.

The Hebrew word "bara" is often translated "create".
The Hebrew word "asah" is often translated "make".
The Hebrew word "yasar" is often translated "form".

"bara" may include the idea of bringing something into existence or into being like the earth and the body of man. However, the body of man was formed from the dust of the earth. And we know that the Earth was formed from dust in the universe which came together (Col. 1: 17 consist = sunesteken = put together). But the mind or intelligence of man, or spirit is self-existent, and is formed and not made like the physical elements. God is spirit and God is self-existent. Therefore all spirit is self-existent. Like the spirit of Jesus Christ, the Bible says was begotten and not made; the spirits of man were generated from God, formed, brought into being, and not brought into existence from non-existence.

The mind and intelligence of Lucifer is self-existent as all intelligences are. So, when it came to God creating Lucifer, it wasnt a matter of God messing up, or giving a killer a weapon. God knew what Lucifer would become and could have skipped him or designed him better. Lucifer's mind always existed and God did know that mind would rebell against Him, but God gave Lucifer every opportunity to do rightly. God gave Lucifer free agency, but Lucifer always possessed will which is an inherit characteristic of self-existence. Consequently Lucifer alone is responsible for his own rebellion.

This is also how Christ bought us and we are said to be God's purchased possessions. The Apostles said that false teachers would enter into the church and deny that Christ purchased them. What would there be for God to buy if God had made us from nothing. God would already own us. But our will is our own, and all of us have given ourselves away for nothing to Satan. But through the grace of Jesus Christ, we have been redeemed by the price of His blood. And all that God expects now is that we deliver to Him the goods. God expects that we turn over to him what He has paid for in full-- our will, without holding anything back.

2 Pet. 2: 1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

ΠΕΤΡΟΥ Β΄ 2:1 Greek NT: WH / NA27 / UBS4 ἐγένοντο δὲ καὶ ψευδοπροφῆται ἐν τῷ λαῷ ὡς καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν ἔσονται ψευδοδιδάσκαλοι, οἵτινες παρεισάξουσιν αἱρέσεις ἀπωλείας καὶ τὸν ἀγοράσαντα αὐτοὺς δεσπότην ἀρνούμενοι. ἐπάγοντες ἑαυτοῖς ταχινὴν ἀπώλειαν,

= also the/that/[omit] bought them Master denying (transliteration).
= denying that the Master bought them. (the KJV incorrectly refers to the Living God using the word "that" instead of "who". Also, my translation places the emphasis of Peter's words on the denial of being purchased by Christ, in contrast to the KJV version which places the emphasis on a denial of Christ, and then adding the "that bought them" as almost an afterthought instead of the basis of their denial).

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