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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2010, p. 136. Only God’s children bear His image. All others bear the image of their father, the devil. That this is so comes out more clearly when we consider what it means to bear God’s image. To bear God’s image is to know God personally and to be righteous and holy. Those who bear God’s image know Him and are like Him. They are righteous and holy, shining forth the glory of the God who created them in Christ. But how do we know that this is what it means to bear...

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With this article we begin a new section on the creation and fall of man. We have talked about God’s act of creating all things. Now we take a look at that special creature that God made in His own image to represent Him and to rule over His kingdom. In this section we will be considering especially what it meant that Adam was created in God’s image, and what happened to man when he fell into sin. There is much debate about this today. Many redefine what it means to bear God’s image. They do so in an effort...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Grand Rapids, Michigan. No one seeking to exegete Genesis 1 would ever come to the conclusion that the days spoken of were symbolic references to long periods of time. This teaching does not arise out of exegesis. It arises out of the carnal mind of men who desire to make the teachings of Scripture acceptable to unbelievers. The matter is not a confusing one. The Scriptures are very clear on the subject. All we need to do is believe those Scriptures, and our view on the subject will be...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2009, p. 10. An unbeliever who has never read the Scriptures or heard them preached can look out at the creation and see that there must be a God. The eternal power and divinity of the Creator are understood by the things that God made (Rom. 1:20). But it takes faith to understand that God created all things simply by uttering the word of His power. A person must have faith to understand this. There is no other way. This...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Chruch in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our God, the true God, is the Creator of all things. The Creator spoke the word, “Let there be light,” and immediately light came into existence where there had been no light. The calling into existence of things that before were not—that is what is meant by creation. Creation out of Nothing Most scientists of this world refuse to believe this. They reject the idea that all that we see around us was created out of nothing. Although they may speak of this present universe beginning with...

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Previous article in this series: September 15, 2011, p. 487. Man by nature has an evil desire to blame God for his own wickedness. A married man, for example, who openly and unashamedly enjoys lusting after other women, might say to someone who objects, “I cannot deny the way the good Lord made me.” Over against such vile statements we must confess that man was not a fornicator when God created him. Rather, God created man good. Man was without sin at the beginning, yet it was possible for him to disobey God. At first he did not have an...

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