The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#65 SAY What?                                                                                           April 2, 2008

The written Word of God, originated from God.  He authored His Word.  God’s Word is perfect because it is from Him.
People, however, use words haphazardly at times.  Sometimes we are not accurate with the words we say and use.  One example is the use of the word “create”.  Two definitions for “create” are “to bring into existence” and “to make from nothing”. 
God, and only God, can create.  The problem is that most of the time when you hear “create” it’s not in the context of God. People are accustomed to just “throwing the word out there” because it has become accepted speech. There are no other creators.  When people make something, they already have something to start with.  Even with an innovation, or an invention, the inventor started with something.  It is improper to call it a “creation” or “creating”. 
This misnomer has become so popular; it has become a part of accepted language and speech in our culture.  Don’t you just hear this word used repeatedly?  Even our Presidents have included the word “create” without having God, the Creator, in the context:  President Carter said, “Neighborhoods define the weave that has been used to create a permanent fabric”.  President George W. Bush said, “Small businesses create the majority of new jobs in America….”
There are a number of words that can be properly supplied in place of “create”; such as innovate, generate, make, etc., etc.  Man is not in the business of creating, and every reference to “create” must have God in the context.  There are ways God lets us know who He is and one is through the titles He gives Himself.  He refers to Himself by different names in His Word and one of those is Elohiym, the Creator.  This word is used in the very first verse in the Bible.
Genesis 1:1:  In the beginning God (Elohiym) created the heaven and the earth. 

Here are a few more occurrences.
Genesis 1:27:  So God (Elohiym) created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. 
Jeremiah 32:27:  Behold, I am the Lord, the God (Elohiym) of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?
Isaiah 45:18:  For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God (Elohiym) Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited:  I am the Lord; and there is none else.
Psalm 14:1:  The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God (Elohiym).
Psalm 46:1, 10:  God (Elohiym) is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Be still, and know that I am God (Elohiym): I will be exhalted among the heathen, I will be exhalted in the earth. 

In considering our present administration and where the word “create” is used, we can read about some of what God has created.  The book of Ephesians has a number of references.
Ephesians 2:8 – 10:
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 3:9-10:
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things:
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.
Ephesians 4:22-24:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Man can irreverently misuse the word “create”, but for we Christians and for those who want to know, this word truly applies only to the One True God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  As we have seen from the Scriptures, He created spirit, thereby making available a wonderful Father-son relationship as His children, because of what He has created.
So when we drive by a hair shop with the name “Creative Cuts”, or we see or hear the terms “creative writing” or “creative thinking”, we will not only know they are inappropriate words being used, but we can be reminded of the One True Creator, our God and loving Heavenly Father. 

Many thanks to Mr. David Schebell who wrote this issue of: From Our Home To Yours.

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