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November 15, 2018


Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  Of his won will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.


James 1:16-18 (KJV)


To say that God is the author of evil, according to our text, is to err.  God does not have the ability to produce evil or even tempt man with evil.  When God finished this marvelous creation, He determined that it was good. Genesis 1:31 says, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”  When God says something is “very good,” one can assume that it is absolutely perfect.


God provided Adam and Eve with everything they needed, not only to survive, but to be completely satisfied.  The earth at the time did not even have the ability to produce anything that was harmful or displeasing to man.  Notice that Genesis 2:9 says, “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.”  The world did not begin to produce that which was unpleasant and harmful until after man sinned.  Notice the difference in the world’s description after the fall of man: “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee…” (Genesis 2:17-18).

Despite what man’s sin did to God’s perfect creation, God still loved us and even provided a way that our relationship could be restored by the death and resurrection of His dear Son.  Though our sin produced death, and even marred the perfect creation, it was “Of his own will begat he us…”  


Parting thought:

Man’s sin ruined God’s creation, but God’s will has given the hope of restoration.

Nothing can touch the Word of God. Not all the powers of earth and hell, men and devils combined, can ever move the Word of God. There it stands, in its own moral glory, in spite of all the assaults of the enemy, from age to age. 'For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.'“ ~C.H. Mackintosh