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Resting on that 7th Day in Creation

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Benjamin, Sep 21, 2022.

  1. Benjamin

    Benjamin Well-Known Member
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    Have you ever pondered why, or maybe even if, God would need to rest? I mean, was He tired? Does God have to put a huge amount of effort in His works, enough that it calls for Him to rest?

    Can we determine that He at least sometimes puts not only effort but everything into His work of love, such as undertaking the task of creating His universe with us in it? It, this work was important to Him. He certainly put a lot of love into the completion and fulfillment of His divine plan even while foreknowing the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son was necessary to complete it.

    God is still working, He is always working, whatever time is to God He is on call and working 24/7 – 365 days a year, hearing our prayers and being our Lord, - which would make it hard to get any rest at all in the sense that we know it.

    Wonder if He was working on anything before the creation, if so, what would it be? Seems kind of boring without us.:Biggrin

    Does He use angels to do some of this work? Why no do it Himself unless He is busy

    #1 Benjamin, Sep 21, 2022
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  2. Deacon

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    A ruler “rests” on his throne; that’s where his real work is done.

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  4. Marooncat79

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    Gods “rest” is a picture for us. Remember Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man

    the fact that God rested means He stopped creating which is what the rest is from
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  5. Alex2165

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    Seeking Christ
    Holy Scripture often applies certain physical attributes to GOD, but only symbolically.

    The Day of Rest - the Sabbath, GOD established not because He was tired and need rest, but He established it for us, so we would work six days for ourselves, but Seventh Day we would dedicated to our Lord GOD.

    Benjamin wrote:

    "Wonder if He was working on anything before the creation, if so, what would it be? Seems kind of boring without us.:Biggrin"

    GOD'S spiritual realm has no time as we know it. GOD is from everlasting to everlasting. Means He has no beginning and no end (Psalms 93.1). Because of it there is no before or after in eternity, but it seems only present. There is no reference point to start beginning or end, or anything in the middle of it.

    Psalm 90.2

    2.Before the mountains were born, or You did give birth to the Earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are GOD. (Psalm 90.2) (Isaiah 43.10.13, 48.12) (Habakkuk 1.12) (Micah 5.2) (John 1.14, 8.58, 10.30, 14.28, 17.5.24) (To Ephesians 1.4) (To Colossians 1.15.17) (2Timothy 1.9) (To Hebrews 1.1-2.6).

    In order to understand His creations in human terms, we can symbolically start from the very First Creation. So, Who was the First created?

    Colossians 1. 15

    15.And He (Jesus Christ) is the Image of the invisible GOD (Father), the First-born of all.

    Hebrews 1.6

    6.And when He (GOD Father) again brings the First-Born (Jesus Christ) into the world, he (David) says, "And let all the angels of GOD worship Him." (Psalm 97.7)

    Revelation 3.14

    14.And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the Faithful, and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of GOD says this:

    Revelation 22.13

    13.I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

    Benjamin wrote:

    "Does He use angels to do some of this work? Why no do it Himself unless He is busy."

    To Hebrews 1.2

    2.in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, Whom He appointed Heir of all things, through Whom also He made the world.

    Colossians 1.16-17

    16.By Him (by Christ) all things were created, both in the heavens and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities, all things have been created by Him and for Him.

    17.And He (Jesus Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

    We see here hierarchy of creation.

    No one created GOD Father, he is from everlasting to everlasting.

    GOD father created Image of Himself - Jesus Christ, very First His Creation.

    Then through His Son GOD Father created the rest of the world, spiritual and physical worlds.

    This means that Jesus Christ by the power of GOD Father created numerous angels and entire spiritual world.

    And after that Jesus Christ by the power of GOD Father created entire physical world, and He involve in every aspect of its entire history.

    John 14.9

    9.Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, how do you say, 'Show us the Father'?”

    John 12.45

    45.”And whoever sees Me, sees Him Who sent Me.”
  6. 37818

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    Exodus 20:11. Denoting this creation. [Job 38:4-7. (Matthew 25:41)] Ephesians 3:9, John 1:3, John 1:10, Colossians 1:16-17.
  7. Alan Gross

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    God is "all act;" if one may so say; having nothing passive in him;
    and therefore must be active and operative;

    "My Father works hitherto, and I work", (John 5:17)

    in which words there is a term fixed, unto which God had worked,
    the then present time Christ spoke them;

    but none from whence he began to work: he had not only worked in providence until then,
    since the creation, and not only at the creation, but from all eternity;

    his active and eternal mind had always been at work;

    the thoughts of his heart were always employed in devising, forming,
    and settling things that should be done in time;

    and as the three divine Persons were taking infinite delight and pleasure in each other,
    so in the foreviews of what would be done by each of them in time,
    for the setting forth and the manifestation of their glory.

    Pick one of these to make an O.P. about, "What God Has Been Doing".

    con't here: Table of Contents

    BOOK I:
    Of God, His Words, Names, Nature, Perfections, and Persons.
    1. Of the Being of God.
    2. Of the Holy Scriptures.
    3. Of the Names of God.
    4. Of the Nature of God.
    5. Of the Attributes of God in General and of His Immutability in Particular.
    6. Of the Infinity of God, His Omnipresence and Eternity.
    7. Of the Life of God.
    8. Of the Omnipotence of God.
    9. Of the Omniscience of God.
    10. Of the Wisdom of God.
    11. Of the Will of God, and the Sovereignty of It.
    12. Of the Love of God.
    13. Of the Grace of God.
    14. Of the Mercy of God.
    15. Of the Long-Suffering of God.
    16. Of the Goodness of God.
    17. Of the Anger and Wrath of God.
    18. Of the Hatred of God.
    19. Of the Joy of God.
    20. Of the Holiness of God.
    21. Of the Justice or Righteousness of God.
    22. Of the Veracity of God.
    23. Of the Faithfulness of God.
    24. Of the Sufficiency and Perfection of God.
    25. Of the Blessedness of God.
    26. Of the Unity of God.
    27. Of a Plurality on the Godhead; or, A Trinity of Persons in the Unity of the Divine Essence.
    28. Of the Personal Relations; or,
    Relative Properties Which Distinguish the Three Divine Persons in the Deity.
    29. Of the Distinct Personality, and Deity of the Father.
    30. Of the Distinct Personality, and Deity of the Son.
    31. Of the Distinct Personality, and Deity of the Holy Spirit.

    BOOK II:
    Of the Acts and Works of God.
    1. Of the Internal Acts and Works of God; and of His Decrees in General.
    2. Of the Special Decrees of God, Relating to Rational Creatures, Angels, and Men; and Particularly of Election.
    3. Of the Decrees of Rejection, of Some Angels, and of Some Men.
    4. Of the Eternal Union of the Elect of God Unto Him.
    5. Of Other Eternal and Immanent Acts in God, Particularly Adoption and Justification.
    6. Of the Everlasting Council Between the Three Divine Persons, Concerning the Salvation of Men.
    7. Of the Everlasting Covenant of Grace, Between the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    8. Of the Part Which the Father Takes in the Covenant.
    9. Of the Part the Son of God, the Second Person, Has Taken in the Covenant.
    10. Of Christ, as the Covenant-Head of the Elect.
    11. Of Christ, the Mediator of the Covenant.
    12. Of Christ, the Surety of the Covenant.
    13. Of Christ, the Testator of the Covenant.
    14. Of the Concern the Spirit of God Has in the Covenant of Grace.
    15. Of the Properties of the Covenant of Grace.
    16. Of the Complacency and Delight God Had in Himself, and the Divine Persons in Each Other...

    Of the Eternal Works of God.
    1. Of Creation in General.
    2. Of the Creation of Angels.
    3. Of the Creation of Man.
    4. Of the Providence of God.
    5. Of the Confirmation of the Elect Angels, and the Fall of the Non-Elect.
    6. Of the Honour and Happiness of Man in the State of Innocence.
    7. Of the Law Given to Adam, and the Covenant made with Him in the State of Innocence...
    8. Of the Sin and Fall of our First Parents.
    9. Of the Nature, Aggravations, and Sad Effects of the Sin of Man.
    10. Of the Imputation of Adam's Sin to all His Posterity.
    11. Of the Corruption of Human Nature.
    12. Of Actual Sins and Transgressions.
    13. Of the Punishment of Sin.

    BOOK IV:
    Of the Acts of the Grace of God, Towards, and Upon His Elect in Time.
    1. Of the Manifestation and Administration of the Covenant of Grace.
    2. Of the Exhibitions of the Covenant of Grace in the Patriarchal State.
    3. Of the Exhibition of the Covenant of Grace Under the Mosaic Dispensation.
    4. Of the Covenant of Grace, as Exhibited in the Times of David,
    and the Succeeding Prophets, to the Coming of Christ.
    5. Of the Abrogation of the Old Covenant, or First Administration of it,
    and the Introduction of the New, or Second Administration of it.
    6. Of the Law of God.
    7. Of the Gospel.

    BOOK V:
    Of the Grace of Christ in His States of Humiliation and Exaltation,
    and in the Offices Exercised by Him in Them.
    1. Of the Incarnation of Christ.
    2. Of Christ's State of Humiliation.
    3. Of the Active Obedience of Christ in His State of Humiliation.
    4. Of the Passive Obedience of Christ, or of His Sufferings and Death.
    5. Of the Burial of Christ.
    6. Of the Resurrection of Christ from the Dead.
    7. Of the Ascension of Christ to Heaven.
    8. Of the Session of Christ at the Right-Hand of God.
    9. Of the Prophetic Office of Christ.
    10. Of the Priestly Office of Christ.
    11. Of the Intercession of Christ.
    12. Of Christ's Blessing His People as a Priest.
    13. Of the Kingly Office of Christ.
    14. Of the Spiritual Reign of Christ.

    BOOK VI:
    Of the Blessings of Grace, and the Doctrines of It.
    1. Of Redemption by Christ
    2. Of the Causes of Redemption by Christ.
    3. Of the Objects of Redemption by Christ.
    4. Of those Text of Scripture Which Seem to Favour Universal Redemption.
    5. Of the Satisfaction of Christ
    6. Of Propitiation, Atonement, and Reconciliation, as Ascribed to Christ.
    7. Of the Pardon of Sin.
    8. Of Justification.
    9. Of Adoption.
    10. Of the Liberty of the Sons of God.
    11. Of Regeneration.
    12. Of Effectual Calling.
    13. Of Conversion.
    14. Of Sanctification.
    15. Of the Perseverance of the Saints.
  8. Benjamin

    Benjamin Well-Known Member
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    Thanks for the thought provoking explanations, I knew you guys would have some goods ones and some interesting takes. I would have to take exception with the opinion that seems to suggest that Jesus was created in relation to being the First-born of us All, however I do believe that in a sense God entered time through Jesus as the Mediator between God and man which act in itself signifies a start of something new.