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The Message

First Man

First Man – A living soul

From the dust of the earth, a Man was created, and with the Spirit of God, the giver of life, this first Man became a living soul. God already prepared all the things that he needed, like the place he had to live, such as the beautiful garden, plants, trees, vegetables, a friendly animal kingdom, the sun to shine the days and the moon to brighten the nights,  what more can a man ask for as everything was already made available for him? Then, God put Man in the garden to carry on His purpose to Worship Him and to obey His Will. Many may think God created Man to idolize Him and to follow His command. Why would God do something to uplift Himself? Why did He make a man that cannot obey His commandments? A man was created in God’s image, and many may wonder if Man was perfect as in God’s perfection.   Why did it happen that the model of Man is vulnerable to sin? Can God be deceived, too? Are we weak to begin with?

Man’s life in the garden was to be depicted by worship, which means Love, honor, or reverence, and to follow the Will of God, to be obedient to His commands. God did not create Man to be enslaved. He wants us to be humble and respectful of His Will. We know God is always good and wants Man to fellowship with Him in the garden.   TheMann was not an ordinary man, and  God did not put him in the garden to be a worker and keeper of the park but as a son who had complete authority over it. He had dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves on the earth. 

We should not forget that God put a man in the garden to begin a life fellowshipping with Him with reverence and humbleness to obey God’s command, emphasizing not to eat the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Something super important to follow for the sake of the future of humanity. The worship and obey, which harmonize with the purpose and expectation, did not make it according to plan due to the power and strength of our freedom, which is the gift of free will. The first Man’s disobedience was why we were in this wicked situation, or maybe this was the plan. God is all-knowing and will not interfere with our free will, and it makes better sense for us now to willingly come to Him without being forced. God wants us to be cheerful in giving ourselves to Him and enjoy fellowshipping with Him by meditating day and night, day or night, as our Sabbath rest.  

God alone and no one else besides Him knows what is good for us and is not suitable for Him. Therefore, we must heed not to offend Him and enjoy the most we can with Him through trust, confidence, humility, and obedience. The words of Moses to Israel came from God and can also be considered and observed by a modern man at his ability and his own expense. James said that If you obey every law except one, you are still guilty of breaking them all. We have a saying that if we can do a thousand favors for someone and miss one, we lose all the credit for what we did. We are only good at our last performance. Moses said these things to Israel: “If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in His  ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you, in the land that you are entering to possess.” Though Moses’ Laws are not relevant to Christian living, Christians are not under the law but under grace. 

Would it be difficult to love God, acknowledge His existence, worship, and obey Him? Secondly, is it hard to love our neighbors as we love ourselves? I believe it is not! If we will embrace that Love, that’s all we need. Love will keep everyone together, and nothing to fight for. Love must be defined as respect for one another and your family.

God created Man in His image, and His Spirit made Man a perfect creation in God’s most fundamental spiritual nature. To be precisely the same as God, Man must be like Him, and to make it in His likeness, we need Love and Obedience, among others. What we want others to do, we should be doing it too. God is Love, merciful, graceful, faithful, and truthful. Can we be like Him? To seek God, you must come to Him through worship and obedience. To know God is through loving Him and respecting and obeying His Will. To become like Him, we must follow Him. Jesus said: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jesus’ commandment of Love carries all that is in the  Ten Commandments of God. To be like God, we can imitate Jesus.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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