Name: Marcus Stanley Course: CWV - 101 Date: June 30, 2019 Instructor: Andrew Mooney Benchmark - Gospel Essentials At some point in life, it is natural to think about existence. This may include questions surrounding the existence of God, humans, the world, and all that is found on earth. Although science entertains and fascinates the mind of a human, there is essentially only one answer to all of these questions – God. To elaborate, the same loving God who created the world in six days (rested on the seventh), is the same God who created man and woman. He’s the same God who sent his only son Jesus to suffer an awful death for the sins of humanity. He’s also the same God who defines love. The Bible talks about the creation account (how the earth and humanity came to be), the existence of God (who He is and always was), and the restoration in humanity (the solution to human problems and sacrificial act of God’s son). God Genesis 1:1 is the simplest and most basis form of who God is – the creator. In the beginning, there was nothing. God was the only form of existence, and then he created the world. God is good and all good things come from Him. John 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” God is love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him should not parish but have eternal life.” This means that he loved humanity so much that he sent his son to die so that we may have eternal life 1
living with Him in Heaven. He is forgiving and compassion. Micah 7:18-19 says, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” God’s creation is everything. Everything on earth, all that surrounds the earth, and humanity are God’s creation. Of all his creation, God loves his children the most and watches our for their needs. Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Lastly, he has supreme power and control over everything (CWV-101 Lecture 2).
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