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How do the following scriptural references also testify of God's special, personal, direct, and immediate creation of man?

Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

- Luke 3:38

For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.

- Acts 17:28

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

- Isaiah 45:9


  • Solemn - Serious; important

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    And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

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

    - Genesis 1:26-27

     

  • Image - Reflection; likeness; resemblance
    • Roy is employed by a large department store. While working, Roy and the other employees hear the store manager make the following announcement over the store's public address system:

    "Would all administrators, department managers, and supervisors please report to the Board Room for a special directors' meeting. Our local and regional Boards of Directors have assembled and we wish to begin our meeting promptly. Thank you."

      Roy is puzzled and anxious. Soon groups of employees can be seen whispering together. Everyone knows that something important is going to happen, but nobody knows what it is. Suspense can be felt throughout the store.

      How did Roy and the other employees know that something of importance would soon take place?

      When we read of a special, solemn counsel of God being held before creating man, how does this inform us that an event of great importance would be taking place?

      While this story illustrates the importance attached to a special counsel being held, it cannot be compared to the solemn, holy counsel of the divine Trinity. Why not?

    2. His creation by a special, personal act of God. When creating plants, we read, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass" (Genesis 1:1 la). Of the creation of water animals and birds, Scripture states, "And God said, Let the waters bring forth" (Genesis 1:20a). When creating land animals, the Bible says, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature" (Genesis I :24a). Of the creation of man, however, Scripture uses the most personal, direct, and immediate language possible. "And God said, Let Us make man" (Genesis 1:26a); "So God created man... in the image of God created He him" (Genesis 1:27). God speaks of personally forming man's body from the ground, and of personally breathing man's life into him. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" (Genesis 2:7a).

    3. His being created in the image of God. "And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness" (Genesis 1 :26a); "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him" (Genesis 1:27a).


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