The Bible begins with these four words: “In the beginning God …” The whole Book presupposes His existence, informs us of His nature and character, reveals His will for mankind (His own creation), and informs us of man’s unique position as the crown of God’s creative work.
Man was created in the likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). The implications of this are staggering, not the least of which is the fact that man will live forever – somewhere.
This will undoubtedly sound strange to some who have never read the Bible or been initiated into the things of God, but it’s true! It’s a basic fundamental teaching of practically every religion on Earth. When a man dies – it’s not over! The body certainly does die; we’ve seen it many times. But the spirit, the real essence of who man really is, continues on during the “afterlife,” for eternity, forever.
The real question is not, “Is there life after death?” But rather, the question is, “Where will one exist after death?” And, for the Christian, the answer is clear: We will be with the One who created us, the One who was “in the beginning”!
God, who created man in His own likeness and image, desires fellowship, communion and conversation with man. [It should be understood that the use of “man” here is “mankind” and would include women as well as children.] We all have the privilege of communing with God, the Creator of all things!
In reading Genesis, one will notice that God spoke to mankind (1:28, 2:6, 3:8), and He will still speak to us today! In Isaiah 1:18, we read, “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord.” James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Sadly, some people have never experienced fellowship or communion with God. They feel as if God is a “ten million mile away God.” But that’s not the way God wants it to be. No. He’s a “right here, right now” God. The hymn writer captured that beautifully when he wrote, “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”
You too, can have fellowship with this Eternal God. He created you with that capacity and that desire! Draw near to God and He will draw near to you!
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Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 35 years, including the past 18 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.