Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Having a body, but no spirit leaves us living in darkness. So God placed a spirit, our “inner man” or “spirit man” within each of us. This spirit gives us the ability to communicate with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It is this “inner man” that is “born again” or becomes a “new creation” or “new man” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!). This inner man is our conscience that tells us right from wrong, light from dark. Before becoming a new creation in Christ, this inner man does not have the full capacity to know the right way to go. After becoming a new creation, we have full access to the Holy Spirit, who will lead us and teach us how to live pure and righteous lives.
Genesis 1:6-8 and God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Not only does man have a spirit and a body, but he also has a soul. The soul in the determining factor in so many of our decisions. It represents our will, mind and emotions. I believe the “sky” represents the soul. The “dry ground” is our physical body. Jesus is represented by the water above the sky, the “living water” from heaven that our spirit man so desires to connect with (John 7:38 Whoever believes in me (Jesus), as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”) . The seas represent our emotions. The Bible speaks of this in James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Our spirit man or inner man knows that there is a higher power outside of ourselves that is to be worshiped as our Creator. Look at people groups from all over the earth. Even those who have never heard of the Christian God or Jesus worship a higher power or source of life.
It is the “sky” or our minds that bring man’s logic, will and emotions into the picture. When we want to be our own god or ruler of our universe, we control the “land” or our bodies and do whatever we want. It is only when the “light” from the “living water”, separate from our mind, renews our our inner man that we can truly communicate with God and understand our purpose in life, and receive full and complete love and abundant life (John 10:10 … I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). It is our choice whether we allow our inner man or our soul to control our body. The body can do nothing by itself.
Genesis 1:11-13 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
When Jesus renews our spirit or inner man and we become a “new creation in Christ”, the Holy Spirit works within us. We are to bear the “fruit of the Spirit”: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We are to be seed spreaders. The parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-9) speaks of someone spreading seed on the path, the rocky places, the thorny ground and good soil. As we live day by day, we are to be speaking to others about Christ. Some will totally ignore us, some agree and try to follow Jesus until hard times come to them. Others will be enthusiastic, but will get so caught up in their daily life that Jesus gets pushed out of the way. But some will grab hold of the seed we have planted in their thoughts and will become seed spreaders themselves by coming to Christ.
You’ll notice that there were various kinds of plants and trees, each producing seed according to their kind. We don’t all have to worship God in the same way. If God didn’t like diversity, He wouldn’t have created such a beautiful, diverse world. He loves all types of worship music, teaching and preaching, sitting quietly, and dancing and shouting. He likes the King James version, New International, and on and on. If you remember, the Bible was not written in the King James version. It was written in Hebrew and Greek if I recall correctly. The Holy Spirit is not limited to one type of writing. He can speak truth to you through a child’s simple statement. Different people are drawn to God in different ways. We must not be so dogmatic as to think that our way is the only way to either worship the Lord or to serve Him.
Genesis 1:14-16 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
God told Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15:5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”). Just as the stars give light in the night to show the way, so we as Christians are to be lights in this world. We are to show others the way to Jesus, to a fulfilling and purpose-filled life. We are to be different from the darkness around us. Those in darkness, who cannot seem to find the good in the world, who have an emptiness in their hearts, can be drawn to the light we possess. If we will only let the light of Jesus shine in our lives, those who are hurting and see no hope will be drawn to Jesus like a moth is drawn to the light.
We are to be signs to mark seasons and days and years. As Christians, we should know our Bible enough to be aware of what is happening in the world today and how that corresponds to what the Bible says is coming. As we read the Word and compare it to today’s circumstances, we can show others the way and point them toward the truth so they will not live in fear, but place their hope and trust in the Lord.
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