The word create means to cause to come into existence; bring into being; make; to originate.
We are all familiar with the story of creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1). And God went on to create the light on the first day (Gen. 1:2-5); the separation of the waters on the second day (Gen. 1:6-8); the creation of plant life on the third day (Gen. 1:9-13); the creation of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day (Gen. 1:14-19); the creation of fish and fowl on the fifth day (Gen. 1:20-23); the creation of land creatures and man on the sixth day (Gen. 1:24-31); and finally on the seventh day God rested from all His marvelous and wonderful works of creation (Gen. 2:1-3).
Every thing that God created were very good. Man particularly was the crown jewel of His earthly creation. Man was made in God’s image and in His likeness. He possesses the highest kind of life, he possesses self-conscious life. He was to subdue the earth and fill it (Gen. 1:28); he was encouraged to eat of every tree of the garden except the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil; he was to name all the animals (Gen. 1:29); and was given a helper who was his wife (2:18-25).
Everything went well until Satan, the arch-enemy of God came into the world to corrupt all things God has created. This was after Satan the Devil was expelled from heaven because of his rebellion and revolt against God.
Having corrupted everything, the disobedience of man caused enmity between God and man and man became separated from his Creator.
God is perfect, holy, and righteous but man is none of these, therefore, man can no longer walk with God for two can only walk together if they are alike (Amos 3:3). So, there is this great need to make man to be like God and to be reconciled with God. To get this to happen man must either be punished to the satisfaction of God for his sin (Rom. 6:23) or must be forgiven by God for his sin. (Eph. 2:8,9). For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Our God is a just God and His justice call for the punishment of all mankind who have sinned (Rom. 3:23). Our God is merciful and gracious and has offered salvation and reconciliation to those who will accept His Son Jesus Christ as their Master and Savior.
So, in His love, for God is love (I Jn. 4:8): God invites sinners to repentance in order to be justified: “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden (with sin), and I will give you rest (salvation)” (Matt. 11:28).
“Return, backsliding Israel, says the LORD; I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful, says the LORD; I will not remain angry forever”. (Jer. 3:12)
“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16).
“He who believes in Him is not condemned” (Jn. 3:18) “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 3:2).
Recreate means to create anew, to restore, or to put fresh life into something (Isaiah 65:17, 18).
Man is not the only moral and intelligent being in the universe, there are angels too. In creation, angels like everything else in the universe, were made by God the Father through Jesus Christ in the energy of the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1,2; 2:1; Neh. 9:6; Jn. 1:1-3; Eph 3:9; Col. 1:16). Angels, like humans, were created by a special act of God. “Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created”. (Psa. 148:2,5).
Each angel is therefore a direct creation from God. This is perhaps why they are referred to as sons of God (Gen. 6:2,4; Job 1:6; 2:1). The word “son” seems to indicate a direct creation of God, as Adam is called the “son of God” (Lk. 3:38). Believers are also called “sons of God” or “children of God”, as they are recreated in Christ individually as sons of God (Jn. 3:3; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:8-10; 4:24; I Jn. 3:1,2).
The number of angels, once completed at creation, was forever fixed. This is assumed because we never read of God creating more of them and Jesus said they do not reproduce themselves (Mt. 22:30). Further, since we are told they cannot die (Luke 20:36) we conclude the original number of angels will never increase or decrease in size. For these reasons they must be considered a company of beings, and not a race.
We are told that one-third of God’s angels rebelled with Satan against God. They became fallen angels or sinners. Because they are a company but not a race Jesus will have to go to the cross each time to save a fallen angel.
As for humans we are a race of humans (Adamic race) because we all came out of one man Adam. All Jesus have to do to save us is to go to the cross once for all time. (Rom. 5:12, 16, 18). The sacrifice Jesus made by dying for sinners produces enough grace to cleanse us all of all our sins and reconcile us to God.
The number that will be saved is fixed and once this number is reached there will be no more saving of people. Revelation 7:9-10, “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
The saved shall never die again and neither can they procreate again. They are not married and shall not be given in marriage. They shall be like angels in heaven. They shall become a company of human and no longer a race of humans. “And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living foundations of water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:15b, 16, 17).
Those who are not saved either through their procrastination, ignorance, idol worshipping, hatred of the Son of God Jesus or His followers shall be eternally condemned to hell or the lake of fire.
How Can I Be Saved?
The Phillipian jailer asked the same question, “And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Let us look at what the Bible says about salvation:
“The soul who sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:4).
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”. (Acts 4:12), take note, not Mary, Mohammad, Joseph Smith, Moses Orimolade, Oshofa, etc.
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12)
“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him” (Heb. 2:3)
“Salvation belongs to the LORD”. (Ps. 3:8)
“Our God is God of salvation; and to God the Lord belongs escapes from death”. (Ps. 68:20)
“And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David”. (Luke 1:69)
“You shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob”. (Is. 60:16).
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you” (Is. 60:1)
“The Spirit of the LORD GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” (Is. 61:1,2). See also Is. 53:4-8).
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able to”. (Luke 13:24).
“That whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”. (Act 1:21)
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matt. 3:3)
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel”. (Mk 1:15)
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call”. (Acts 2:38, 39)
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Holy Spirit.” (John 3:3-6).
God had began to create people anew into His kingdom, the kingdom of God. The new creation is done individually that is, on one’s merit of grace. The person giving the new birth (born again) is the Holy Spirit of God upon the recommendation of Jesus Christ and the approval of God the Father.
As much as this is difficult for me to say, the first condition for being born again is that you must have been pre-elected for salvation by God the Father. This was done by His infinite wisdom and foreknowledge of us. I will advice you not to struggle with this but to just submit yourself to God. God is sovereign and all wise.
The second step is to repent and confess your sins to God and do away with those sins and pray for strength and grace to continue in righteousness.
The third step is to believe in Jesus and ask Him to redeem you from all your sins. Jesus will do this and will trade His righteousness for your sinfulness. He will bear your sins as if He is the one who had committed them. Since He has paid the penalty for the sins of all those who believed in Him, God now sees you as a saint, a righteous person who has never committed any sins in his life. Because you are no longer a sinner, you are reconciled with God by adoption through Jesus Christ. Remember your new birth is by God the Holy Spirit through God the Son and by approval of God the Father. Welcome into the household of God. Did I hear you say thank you God? Yes, me too. Remember you are now a new creation, old things are passed away. No more going back into the world or behaving as one of them. You are now a citizen of heaven and the New kingdom of God awaiting the manifestation and the glorification of the children of God.
While waiting for this before the “falling asleep in death” or the rapture, you must work the work of Him who saved you. Ask God to use you in His vineyard. Join fellow redeemed ones in carrying out the work of assisting others to know Christ as you have, so that they too can be saved. Remember what God said “My people perish for lack of knowledge and could not advance because they lack understanding”. (Isaiah 5:13; Hosea 4:6). You now have the power as a redeemed one to spread the knowledge and understanding of salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ. God will bless, protect, and be with you as you do this in Jesus name. Amen.