The Word is not Dead

Genesis 1:28

“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”

Luther’s Commentary
“God was content with the earth and the heaven which he had created by the Word. He created not nor intended to create new heavens or new earths, nor new stars nor new trees. God nevertheless still works. He forsakes not nature, which he once made ‘in the beginning;’ but he preserves and governs it to this day, by the power of his Word. He has ceased from his creation-work, but he has not ceased from his government-work. The human race began in Adam. In the earth began by the Word the animal race, if I may so speak; in the sea, the race of fishes; and in the air, the race of birds. But the human race did not cease in Adam, nor did all other races cease in the first created animals of their kind. The Word originally spoken upon the human race still remains in all its power and efficiency. The word, ‘Be fruitful and multiply,’ ceases not nor ever will cease, nor the words, ‘Let the sea bring forth fishes,’ nor ‘Let the earth bring-forth beasts and the air birds.’ The omnipotent power and efficacy of the original Word still preserves and governs the whole creation.”
“Most clearly therefore has Moses established the great truth, that ‘In the beginning was the Word,’ John 1:1. And as all creatures still increase and multiply, and are preserved and governed, still in the same way as they were ‘in the beginning,’ it manifestly follows that the Word still continues and lives, and that it is not dead! When Moses says therefore, ‘And God rested on the seventh day from the work which he had made,’ his words are not to be considered as having reference to the general course and laws of nature nor to their continuous preservation and government, but simply to the ‘beginning;’ that God ceased from creating, ordering and ordaining all things, as we generally speak, and from creating any new creatures or new kinds of animals, etc., etc.”
“When God said, ‘Let us make man,’ he then created me also. For whatever God willed to create that he did create when he spoke the word. All things did not then appear indeed on a sudden before our existing eyes. For as the arrow or the ball from the cannon, in which is the greatest velocity attached to the works of men is in one moment directed to its mark, and yet does not reach that mark without a certain interval and space between, so God rushes, as it were by his Word, from ‘the beginning’ to the end of the world. For with God there is no before nor afterwards; no swift nor slow; but all things to his eyes are at once present. For God is simply absolutely independent of and alone, and separate from all time…These words of God therefore, and God said, ‘Let there be,’ ‘increase and multiply,’ etc., create, constitute and ordain all creatures, as they were, as they now are, and as they will be unto the end of the world.”
Martin Luther. Luther on the Creation: A Critical and Devotional Commentary on Genesis [1-3] (Kindle Locations 2558-2592).

One thought on “The Word is not Dead

  1. Time is such a man-made, and man-experienced, invention. What we call a ‘day’, when viewed from a more distant perspective, is just a turn of the earth on it’s axis. A year is a trip around the sun. We like to divide it up into minutes and hours and weeks, but it essentially is just the progression of sequential events.

    However, how can we understand it from God’s perspective? How do we understand God being outside of separate, sequential events? Viewing all of history, present and future simultaneously? i don’t think we really can, other than to say He is omniscient, all-knowing, having all foreknowledge. How do we understand His demeanor towards us, when He knows each event, good or bad, that will occur in our entire lifetime (open theism not withstanding)? Is He disappointed in ‘real time’ with what he knew from eternity? How do we understand free will considering all events are seemingly already set in how they will occur? I guess, even there, we have to say it was all pre-known though it occurs/occurred by our free choices. How ‘free’ are most choices anyway? To the unregenerate man, his choices are severely limited to sinful ones. We have more options after salvation, but they are still dictated to us by many criteria.

    So much philosophical issues wrapped up with all this. Which brings me to one last question: what is the relationship between theology and philosophy?

    Your turn.

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