Lesson 02 第二课

Lesson 2

God created the spirits.

God created the heavens and the earth.

 

Scripture: Genesis [創世記] 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

起初,上帝创造天地。


 1. God created all of the spirits.

·        No spirits existed until God gave them life.

God lived before the spirits were created. God is the One who planned what the

spirits would be like, when He would give them life and what He planned for them

to do. Therefore, God is greater than all of the spirits. God is greater than anyone

or anything.

·        God did not give the spirits bodies when He created them.

The spirits do not have bodies of flesh and blood; therefore, they are not limited in the way they move around. Spirits do not have to use the door in order to enter

into a house. Even if you close the door, the spirits can still come in. Even though the spirits do not have bodies like we do, they sometimes appear as human beings or in some other form that people can see.

The spirits do not have bodies, just as God does not have a body. However, the

spirits cannot be everywhere at the same time as God can. Each spirit can only be in one place at one time just like every person can only be in one place at one time. Only God can be everywhere at the same time.

 

·        God created the spirits to be His servants.

In His Book, God sometimes uses the name, “angels,” for the spirits. Angels are

God’s messengers.

God wanted the spirits to love Him and to obey Him, doing whatever He wanted them to do.

 ·        Because God created the spirits, they belong to Him.

Just as you are the owner of whatever you make, so God is the owner of all that He created.

God was the One who made all of the spirits. He gave them life. Therefore, all of

the spirits rightfully belong to God. 

·        God created the spirits to be perfect.

All of the spirits were good and kind when God created them. They were perfect,

because God created them to be perfect. None of the spirits were evil or unkind when God created them. God cannot create anything evil because God is holy. Everything He thinks, says and does is perfect. 

·        God created the spirits to have great wisdom and strength.

The spirits know and understand many things, and they are able to do great things. However, even though the spirits are very wise and very strong, they do not know everything, and they cannot do everything. Only God knows everything and can do everything He wants to do. God is wiser and stronger than all of the spirits. 

·        God created many, many spirits.

How many spirits do you think God created to be His messengers? God created so many spirits that we are unable to count them. How could God create so many spirits? God could create so many spirits because He is almighty. God can do everything He wants to do.

·        All the spirits lived with God in Heaven.

Heaven is the special, wonderful place where God lives. Although God is

everywhere, all the time, Heaven is the special place where God lives. We don’t

know where it is, but it isn’t here on earth. It is far away, past the moon, the sun

and stars. Heaven is the place where all the spirits lived with God.

·        God gave an important position to Lucifer, who was one of the created spirits. [Ezekiel 28:12-16; Isaiah 14:12]

God didn’t create all of the angels exactly the same. Some were wiser, more

beautiful and more intelligent than others.

The greatest angel was named Lucifer. God gave Lucifer an important position in

Heaven. Lucifer was given a place of great authority and power over the other

angels.

2. God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis [创世纪] 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

起初,上帝创造天地。


 

The beginning was the time when God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit created the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, and all other things that we see around us. The spirits whom God had created watched Him create everything else. As they saw God creating all things, the spirits praised and worshipped God as the almighty and all-wise creator.

 

3. God created everything out of nothing.

We have already learned that no one and nothing has always existed except God. Since there was nothing here in the beginning, what did God use to make the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars and everything else? There were no materials for God to use. Therefore, we know that God created everything out of nothing.

·        None of us can make something out of nothing.

If people are going to make something, we must have material to use to make it. 

·        Only God can make something out of nothing!

What materials did God have in the beginning? Was there anything here before the beginning that God could use to make the heavens and the earth? No! There was nothing to use. God made everything from nothing. Only God could make something out of nothing.

4. God is all-powerful.

How was it possible for God to make everything out of nothing?

God could make everything out of nothing because God is able to do everything

He wants. Nothing is too difficult for God to do.

Look at all the things God has made out of nothing. Is anyone stronger than God? Are you? Is Lucifer? Are any of the spirits? No! Only God has the power to make something out of nothing Is anything too hard for God to do? No! God can do anything He wants to do. God is all-powerful.

 

5. God knows everything.

·        People need to be taught.

There are many things that people do not know until we are taught. Think about

children. Babies can’t walk or talk until they learn. Little children cannot hunt,

fish, build houses, make gardens or cook until they are taught.

Even adults have to be taught how to make things and do things.

·        God has always known everything.

Think about this: Was anyone living in the beginning who could teach God? No!

God existed before anyone else existed. No one was there to teach God.

Did God need someone to teach Him how to make the heavens and the earth? No! God did not need anyone to teach Him. God is not like us. God doesn’t need to be taught. God knows everything. 

·        Only God knows and understands everything. He is greater than all.

God is greater than all that He created. The spirits whom God created do not know and understand everything like God does. People do not know and understand everything like God does. Only God knows and understands everything. God is greater than all.


Questions

1. Who is the only One who has always existed?

2. Where did all the spirits come from?

3. Did God create the spirits with bodies?

4. Did God create some good spirits and some bad spirits?

5. For what purpose did God create the spirits?

6. How many spirits did God create?

7. Where did all of the spirits live in the beginning when God created them?

8. God is everywhere at the same time. Can any of the spirits be everywhere at the same time?

9. What is another name for the spirits that serve God?

10. Who was the most intelligent and beautiful angel created by God?

11. What position did God give Lucifer?

12. Who created the heavens and the earth?

13. Who watched as God created the heavens and the earth?

14. What did the spirits do as they watched God create the heavens and the earth?

15. What materials did God use to make the heavens and the earth?

16. How was it possible for God to make the heavens and the earth out of nothing?

17. Who taught God how to make everything?

18. How did God know how to make the heavens and the earth?

19. Is there any person or any spirit who knows everything like God does?