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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. Since God already prepared all things the man 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 the 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 create a  man that cannot follow His commandments?  A man was created in the image of God and many may wonder that Man was perfect as in  God’s perfection.   Why did it happen that the perfection 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 a slave.  He wants us to be humble and be obedient to His Will. We know that God is good all the time and He wants the Man to fellowship with Him in the garden.   The Man was not an ordinary man, and  God did not put him in the garden to be a worker and keeper of the garden, but as a son who had full authority over it.  He had dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. 

We should not forget that God put the man in the garden to begin a life fellowshipping with Him with reverence and humbleness to obey God’s command, with the emphasis not to eat the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Something that is super important to obey for the sake of the future of mankind. The worship and obey which harmonize to 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 disobedience of the first man was the reason we are into this wicked situation or maybe this is the plan, to begin with. 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 what is not good for Him. We have to take heed not to offend Him and enjoy the most we could with Him by trust and confidence, humbleness, and obedience.  The words of Moses to Israel came from God and can also be considered and observe by a modern man at his own ability and at 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 we can do a thousand favors to someone and missed one, we lost all the credit of 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, to 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 just embrace that Love, that’s all we need.  Love will keep everyone together and nothing to fight for. Love must be defined to mean respect to one another and definitely include respect for your family.

God created Man on His image and His Spirit that made Man a perfect creation in the fullest spiritual nature of God.  Man to be exactly the same as God is to be like Him, and to make it in His likeness, we need the 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 have to come to Him through worship and obedience. To know God is through loving Him, to give respect and obedience to His Will.  To become like Him, we must obey 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

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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