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Genesis 1:1

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What is it that keeps us from knowing God? The simple answer is us.

And what would be our next course of action then?

I must decrease, he must increase.

At Genesis 1:1, it states: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." By distinguishing the earth separate from "the heavens", our Creator, Jehovah God, is identifying the earth as very special to him, the unique planet in all the universe for life, from the microscopic to the huge, such as the sperm whale, to his final creative act, mankind, to call earth "home".

Thus, in the opening verse of the Bible at Genesis 1:1, God clearly identifies the earth as of vital importance to him, preparing it over the course of  6 "creative" days (in which each "creative" day is several thousand years long) for us as his final act of creation.(Gen 1:26-28) This is like building a beautiful home, making sure everything is just right before moving in.

At Isaiah 45:18, God says: "For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the [true] God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited: "I am Jehovah, and there is no one else."

At Isaiah 66, Jehovah says: "The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool."(Isa 66:1) Jesus pointed toward Isaiah 66:1, saying concerning swearing: "However, I say to you: Do not swear at all, neither by heaven, because it is God's throne; nor by earth, because it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King."(Matt 5:34, 35)

Jehovah God purposed for the earth to be home for "meek" or teachable ones forever. David wrote: "But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.....The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it."(Ps 37:11, 29)

There are none righteous, no, not one.....

He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.
(Eph 1:9-10)

For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach--
(Col 1:19-22)

Have you read these verses before, and considered their meaning, or do you believe what you were taught by men with an interest in dominion by fear?


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