The Nature of God
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the
earth. And the earth was without form, and void;
and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And
the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, let there be light: and there was
light" Gen 1:1-3.
In the opening of Genesis, we find God involved in a great
conflict. Things have transpired which were not according
to His nature, and which He could not tolerate. John tells
us that "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all"
1 John 1:5b.
This is very revealing. It denotes the underlying conflict
that has existed throughout the Bible between light and darkness,
between life and death. The great battle is between persons
who embody within themselves these things. God having in Himself
that blessed, uncreated, and unending life and light. Satan
having the power of death, and being the ruler of the darkness
of this world.
Here we find them engaged in a conflict because darkness
has invaded and assaulted God's creation, "the world
was without form and void, and darkness pervaded it and covered
the face of the deep." There was nothing significant
or meaningful about that disorganized mass and chaos. It was
contrary to God, who is a God of creation, order, and light.
Approaching the waste that the world represented, and the
darkness that engulfed it, the Lord did not speak in some
soft and muted voice, but with authority, "LET THERE
BE LIGHT," and as a result there was light, and darkness
Most of us realize the fact that physical conditions are
figurative of the spiritual. That is to say, natural things
are a parable of the Spirit. Therefore, this natural circumstance
in Genesis represents far more than a physical disruption;
and is far deeper and more comprehensive than the world being
without form and void, and darkness covering the face of the
Paul recognizes the moral state of man and his fallen condition
as representative of this physical state of waste and chaos.
In fact God has written over all creation in capital letters
"VANITY!" Nothing good can come out of this old
creation, which Jesus terminated in His death.
Darkness pervades intermittently throughout the Old Covenant,
but at last, in the New Testament, God comes in the person
of His Son, and in Him is light. There is a striking resemblance
between the opening verses of Genesis, and the first chapter
of John. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God and the Word was God" John 1:1. It was a
word of light that God spoke into the midst of darkness.
When Satan approached our Adamic parents in the garden, he
misrepresented the character of God. Irrespective of their
knowledge of God's will, which the Lord had faithfully given
them, Satan, by his stealthy diplomacy spoke half truths that
resulted in their favorable response to him. Not only did
they listen and entertain what Satan had said in terms of
the lie; but they received it internally. In other words,
they swallowed a lie; the lie entered into them and changed
them in their very constitution and being. In biology, we
call this a mutation; a transmissible alteration.
Man was altered; he lost something, he forfeited that which
was essential to the realization of God's purpose in creating
him. That loss was the Spirit of sonship which God had breathed
into Adam. When Adam responded to the enemy, he lost that
vital organ which related him to God - "the spirit of
God had said to him, "for in the day that you eat of
it, you shalt surely die" Genesis 2:17. First it was
sin, then it was death, and now it is darkness and alienation
"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles
walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the
understanding darkened, being alienated from
the life of God through the ignorance that is
in them, because of the blindness of their
heart: Eph 4:17-18.
This is a commentary of what happened to Adam, descriptive
of what happened in terms of a mutation, or an alteration
in his moral structure. In other words, Adam was altogether
different after his consorting with Satan than he was when
God created him. He lost that vital organ - "the spirit
of life" - from his human spirit, and now he is dead;
he is blind and no longer related to God.
His mind is at enmity with God. Notice that there was no
quest in the heart of Adam after his separation from God.
It was God who took the initiative. I often think of God,
who out of loneliness created man and then comes into the
garden in the cool of the day. Literally, this is in the spiritual
time of the day (the word for cool is "ruac" which
means breezy, the wind, the breath). God came in the breezy.
He came by the Spirit, and He cried out in the garden and
said, "Adam, where are you?"
This is the cry of a Father for His son to be reunited to
Him. But there was in Adam that devastating damage and impairment
that did not allow him to respond. He had lost his receptivity
for God, he was dead in trespasses and sin. Furthermore, the
Scripture says his understanding was darkened.
The moment that Adam acted in disobedience, the lights went
out within him. Everything became pitch dark. Not only so
with him, but every child born thereafter was born into a
moral midnight with no sight or feeling after God.
"For you were once darkness, but now you are light
in the Lord" Eph 5:8a.
"Nevertheless, when (he) shall turn to the Lord,
the veil shall be taken away" II Cor 3:16.
That is, when ANYONE shall turn to the Lord. We cannot turn
to the Lord apart from the agency and the instrumentality
of the Holy Spirit. No man can find Christ except the Spirit
reveals Him to him. Revelation is a necessity at the very
outset; then you will see Christ, and when you see Christ,
simultaneously you see yourself and your need for Him.
The need today, as in the beginning, is light.
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that
are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not, lest the light
of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not
ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves
your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded
the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our
hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory
of God in the face of Jesus Christ" 2 Cor 4:3-6.
Light has come embodied in our Lord Jesus Christ. Darkness
cannot stand this light. It is becoming increasingly brighter
as the day of His return approaches. He is light.
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
an holy nation, a people for possession, so that you
might speak of the praises of Him who has called you
out of darkness into His marvelous light" 1 Peter 2:9.