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The Ministry of Reconciliation

A Faithful Creator
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Essay One
A Faithful Creator
“And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” (Genesis
1:26). If we are to rightly understand God’s plan and purpose for mankind, we must not
forget that it was our Creator’s expressed purpose to make man in his own image and after
His likeness. Is it possible that the eternal suffering or annihilation of the creature was
what God had in mind? “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but
by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.” (Romans 8:20) “Is my hand
shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? (Isaiah 50:2)
“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to
pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: . . . For the Lord of hosts hath
purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it
back?” (Isaiah 14:24&27)
We are God’s Workmanship Created in Christ Jesus
God is not like the craftsman or artisan who lays aside the marred work of his hands in
disappointment and despair. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians
2:10) This promise isn’t limited to Christians, for all are God’s workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus. “For by him (Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)
Therefore, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in
you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)
Job, reflecting on the vanity of the creature exclaims, “If a man die, shall he live
again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt
call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thy hands.” (Job
14:14&15) Job does not base his hope for the redemption of his body on his own
righteousness, but rather on the fact that he is God’s workmanship, and his confidence that
the Creator has a desire to perfect the work of his hands. “But now, O Lord, thou art our
father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Be not
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