By Mark A. Finley
One of Satan’s great delusions at the end-time is to deceive God’s people on the subject of Creation, and distort their understanding of many other basic Bible truths. The devil is a deceiver and a liar. His lies regarding Creation carry with them seeds of error that make the entire Bible, in the eyes of some, no more than a book of myths and fables.
Each one of us is created in God’s _____________________________________________________.
Sin has defiled the image of God in the entire human race. Our sins have separated us from God (Isa. 59:2). Our natures are fallen (Jer. 17:9). But through His Holy Spirit, the heart of a loving God longs to re-create His image in us.
2. What promise does our Lord give to those who commit their lives to Him?
Write the meaning of this promise in your own words:
If God did not create us in the first place, He cannot re-create us. If God did not have enough power to make the world in the beginning, He certainly does not have enough power to transform our lives. We can thank God that all His creative power is available to re-create us into His image.
3. Throughout the Bible God is called the Creator of the heavens and the earth (Isa. 40:28; Eccl. 12:7; 1 Peter 4:19). If He did not create the world in the first place, what hope do we have that God will re-create new heavens and a new earth? Read the two passages below and share in a single sentence what they mean to you.
4. Is there anything impossible for God to do?
It is ___________________________________ for God to _____________________________.
The book of Genesis begins with these words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). If the very first words of the Bible are not true, then we cannot have confidence in any of the Bible. Thank God they are true; for God cannot lie.
5. What does the psalmist say regarding the truthfulness of God’s Word?
The psalmist declared God’s Word is __________________ and it is ___________________in heaven.
The opponents of God’s Word cannot change the fact that it is true and settled in heaven. No so-called “scientific theories” can alter the truthfulness of the Bible.
6. Why is God worthy of our worship and supreme allegiance?
God is worthy to be worshipped because He ______________________all _____________________.
The seventh-day Sabbath is God’s eternal sign of His creative authority. If He did not create the world then the Sabbath has no meaning at all. The fourth commandment commands us to “Remember the Sabbath” (Ex. 20:8). Satan would love to destroy the Sabbath by introducing the deception that God is not the Creator. But whenever we worship God on the seventh-day Sabbath, we declare our allegiance to our Creator God.
7. How is God’s last-day message for this planet linked to the Sabbath commandment?
In light of God’s final judgment, whom does this first angel call us to worship?
We are to worship Him who made _____________________ and ___________________________.
The last battle in the long-standing controversy between good and evil is over the commandments of God. The Sabbath, the symbol of Creation, is at the center of the conflict.
Our loving Creator can re-create our hearts. One day He will create a new heaven and a new earth. Each week, as we worship Him on His Sabbath, He reminds us of our worth in His sight. Creation is the eternal truth that reminds us He can still work miracles in our lives and that His Word is true to every generation.
Next month’s study, “Eden’s Echoes of Eternity,” will examine our weekly legacy from creation.