PASTOR DON'S CHRISTIAN ED NOTES
The Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth
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Sunday, October 5, 2008 -

We’re continuing to look at the first phrase of the Apostle’s Creed - “We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth...” Today we focus on the last part of that phrase - “....maker of heaven and earth.”

GOD IS MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH - It’s not accidental that from the heart of militant secularism springs a fervent attack on the doctrine of creation. And it’s also not accidental that the Bible opens and closes around the grand theme of God as maker of heaven and earth.

It only takes one verse before the Biblical revelation establishes God as the maker of all that is - Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Five words and you’re there. God is the Creator. At the end of the book, the subject still hasn’t changed or waned - Revelation 4:10-11 - “.... the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, [11] ‘Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.’”

I imagine the shapers of the Apostle’s Creed took into account that they should highlight those truths about God that will still be the themes of our worship as far into eternity future as we can see. God is still praised as Father, as Almighty (Revelation 4:8), and as Creator of all things (Revelation 4:11).

Let me hurry through some of the implications of the fact that God is the maker of heaven and earth:

1) Because God is maker of heaven and earth all things are His and we are merely stewards. Evolution allows for ownership. The strongest get the most stuff and have it as long as they can hold on to it. Creation only allows for stewardship - Psalm 24:1 - “The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.”

If everything is the Lord’s, how much is mine? It is a lie against the truth of the Scriptures and Creation itself to live as though I am the owner of my material domain. Selfishness isn’t just selfish. It’s a denial of God’s creative rights. That’s why God tells the people who don’t follow His laws regarding stewardship they are robbers.

2) Because God is maker of heaven and earth, Christians should give God praise for each day of health and each moment of strength. Psalm 8:1 - “O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!”Only the relentless pressure of the spirit of the age has caused our minds to think of daily life as something that just happens to those who are lucky. You don’t carry good health around with you as though it were a possession of your own body. One abscessed tooth will shatter that myth forever.

3) Because God is maker of heaven and earth this world will follow the course of it’s Designer. God has not created this world and then left it to itself. The Bible says He sustains this world and will bring it to its designed destiny.

There is a very special place in the Bible where the history and meaning of the whole universe is summed up in twelve words: Romans 11:36 - “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”

First,“From Him” - that’s creation. “In the beginning...” This is where everything has its roots and origin and source. Second, “Through Him” - that’s God’s sustaining power. We are stewards. Life is a daily gift. Our hearts go out in thankful praise. And then third, “To Him” - that’s the finish line. That’s where everything is heading. It’s all going back to the Creator. Every knee will bow and tongue confess the Lordship of God the Son, Jesus Christ. This is the assured hope of the doctrine of God as maker of heaven and earth.

4) Because our God is maker of heaven and earth we are created in His image. Only creation tells us who we are and what is wrong with us. This is where this gets very close to each one listening this morning. Not only can you not explain life without the Creator, life won’t work without the Creator.

The first step to a properly ordered and meaningful life is to acknowledge the Creator’s design for why you are here in the first place. To live life ignoring the Creator is like trying to put a complicated puzzle together without the image on the box. The image tells you what you are trying to put together and what it’s supposed to be when it’s finished.

This is such an important theme in the Bible. Everything hinges on the Creator’s intent and design being surrendered to. This applies to homosexuality and same sex-marriage. The arguments don’t hinge on some obscure passage in Leviticus in the same category as mixing two kinds of material in a garment or boiling a young goat in it’s mother’s milk. Go back to creation. See how God created mankind male and female. See how Jesus defined and endorsed the Creator’s design in heterosexual relationships.

It is simply wrong to argue our case from our fallen desires and distorted concepts of our rights and freedoms rather than the Creator’s will. If sexual relationships are the design of a creator then, in the same way a composer protects a song in our world, they are copyrighted by their creator. The same can be said about abortion and a host of other blind rejections of the Divine Creator’s rule over His creation.

But our confident hope lies in the fact that the Creator isn’t finished with His Creation. He didn’t give up on it. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, God the Son to redeem - to recreate and make new what will otherwise be hopelessly lost and ruined.

These are the great hopes bound up in believing in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.