Discipleship

The Master of Design

THE MASTER OF DESIGN

Benjie Bensing

Created from Dust.  Photo Credit: heisgrace.com

Created from Dust. Photo Credit: heisgrace.com

When God created the universe, and everything on it, He did it so in such a fashion and such an intricate design that He Himself approved it: “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31 ESV

Had it been flawed just a teeny, tiny, bit – it would not be good. His very embodiment of perfection is exhibited in His creation.

Man is the zenith of God’s handiwork, the ultimate representation of His image, the recipient of His inexpressible divine glory. “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 NIV

Adam became the first living being – someone with flesh and blood – who possess an intellectual capacity. As the first living person, he possess all the genes or the blueprint necessary to create another living person. In other words, Adam possess all the DNA, including all genetic variations, of all humanity.

As a male, he has the X-Y chromosome; females on the other hand have two (2) Y chromosomes. It was necessary for Adam to be created first so that Eve can be formed from him. If Eve had been created first (with 2 Y-Y chromosomes), Adam (with X-Y) cannot be formed from her.

According to one website http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ “Before the completion of the human genome project, many scientists were expecting to find 100,000 or more genes in our genome. This was based on the assumption that because we are one of the most complex creatures on Earth we should have lots of genes. However, it turned out we only have around 24,000 genes. This is a few more than a chimpanzee or a mouse, but nothing spectacular. Even more surprisingly, scientists discovered that large parts of our genome is made up of DNA that doesn’t code for genes.”

When Adam disobeyed the LORD by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he became corrupted. At the cellular level, physiological changes were taking place. Adam’s once immortal body now becomes mortal; subject to old age and decay. His genes started to mutate making him susceptible to disease, weakness, pain, fear, frustrations, stress, etc.

What is mutation? According to one online dictionary:

“2. the changing of the structure of a gene, resulting in a variant form which may be transmitted to subsequent generations, caused by the alteration of single base units in DNA, or the deletion, insertion, or rearrangement of larger sections of genes or chromosomes. “Mutation is, ultimately, the only way in which new variation enters the species.”

And yet there was hope; God did not leave Adam and his wife Eve. While they were banished from the Garden of Eden, away from God’s presence, God’s plan to rescue them out of His love for them was put into motion. True, the ground was cursed and Eve’s maternity benefit has just been downgraded in that she will now feel the increased pains of childbearing; but there was hope.

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive”. 1Corinthians 15:22 ESV

One day, “the seed of the woman” according to Genesis 3:14 will strike the head of the serpent. A strike in the head signifies a fatal blow that can cause death. The seed of the woman is Jesus Christ. Mary conceived Jesus without the aid of a “biological contributor. ”

And since Jesus is the “last Adam,” He is the “exact copy” of Adam’s DNA before it was corrupted. In other words, Jesus possess in Him the only remaining copy of Adam’s DNA in its original state, as it was on the day of Adam’s creation.

“Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.” Romans 5:18 New Living Translation

Through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, He is able to made perfect all those who will believe in His name. The intricacies of such a grandiose plan of redemption could only be accomplished by a master designer, one who is sovereign and is in absolute control over his created works.

Adam’s corrupted DNA will be restored, reverted back to its original state, “in a flash – in a twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet, we will be changed.” 1Corinthians 15:53-54

That is something we all can look forward to.

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