Musings on….Good ~VS~ Perfect Part 1

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This 2 parter had been sitting in drafts for a while, so enjoy…..Ge 1:10God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

Ge 1:12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Ge 1:18and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. Ge 1:21God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Ge 1:25God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Ge 1:31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

We see what God did here in the beginning, and we see that He says It was good.

What does the word ‘good’ mean?

Does it mean we were created perfect?

Does it mean God created something sinful?

Were we sinful from the start?

If we are made in the image of God, were we made perfect like God?

Or were we made perfect? And if we were made perfect, how did Adam sin?

Was it programmed into Adam to sin? Is that called free will?

If God created us to have sin in us. Is He still God? Is God the creator of sin, evil?

And what about the fallen angels? Did God created sinful angels?

The word good is 02896

Definition
adj

  1. good, pleasant, agreeable
    1. pleasant, agreeable (to the senses)
    2. pleasant (to the higher nature)
    3. good, excellent (of its kind)
    4. good, rich, valuable in estimation
    5. good, appropriate, becoming
    6. better (comparative)
    7. glad, happy, prosperous (of man’s sensuous nature)
    8. good understanding (of man’s intellectual nature)
    9. good, kind, benign
    10. good, right (ethical) n m
  2. a good thing, benefit, welfare
    1. welfare, prosperity, happiness
    2. good things (collective)
    3. good, benefit
    4. moral good n f
  3. welfare, benefit, good things
    1. welfare, prosperity, happiness
    2. good things (collective)
    3. bounty

 

And comes from the root 2895

Definition
 

  1. to be good, be pleasing, be joyful, be beneficial, be pleasant, be favourable, be happy, be right
    1. (Qal)
      1. to be pleasant, be delightful
      2. to be glad, be joyful
      3. to be better
      4. to be well with, be good for
      5. to be pleasing
    2. (Hiphil) to do well, do good, act right, act rightly

 

It is in the book of Genesis 37 times.

Does good mean perfect?

There are 20 different translations of perfect just in hebrew. And none of them are 02896.

From here

1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God i saw that [it was] good.

(i) This sentence is often repeated, to signify that God made all his creatures to serve for his glory and for the profit of man: but because of sin they were cursed, yet the elect, by Christ are restored, and serve to their wealth.

and

1:26 And God said, s Let us make man in our t image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

(s) God commanded the water and the earth to bring forth other creatures: but of man he says, “Let us make…” signifying that God takes counsel with his wisdom and virtue purposing to make an excellent work above all the rest of his creation.
(t) This image and likeness of God in man is expounded in (
Ephesians 4:24) where it is written that man was created after God in righteousness and true holiness meaning by these two words, all perfection, as wisdom, truth, innocency, power, etc.

Lets go to Ephesians 4:24:

4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which g after God is created h in righteousness and i true holiness.

(g) After the image of God.
(h) The effect and end of the new creation.
(i) Not fake nor counterfeit.

From Here:

Verses 26-28 Man was made last of all the creatures: this was both an honour and a favour to him. Yet man was made the same day that the beasts were; his body was made of the same earth with theirs; and while he is in the body, he inhabits the same earth with them. God forbid that by indulging the body, and the desires of it, we should make ourselves like the beasts that perish! Man was to be a creature different from all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth, must be put together in him. God said, “Let us make man.” Man, when he was made, was to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Into that great name we are baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. It is the soul of man that especially bears God’s image. Man was made upright, ( Ecclesiastes 7:29 ) . His understanding saw Divine things clearly and truly; there were no errors or mistakes in his knowledge; his will consented at once, and in all things, to the will of God. His affections were all regular, and he had no bad appetites or passions. His thoughts were easily brought and fixed to the best subjects. Thus holy, thus happy, were our first parents in having the image of God upon them. But how is this image of God upon man defaced! May the Lord renew it upon our souls by his grace!

So looking at his it made me think of ‘the image of God’

and how much are we made in the image of the Great Creator?

Next up: Image of God

Kristina

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2 responses »

  1. Read your Westminster, girl! 🙂
    ~~Now, the catechsim is not the bible, I took from the bible, but give me the number of the cat. and i will put it here!

  2. I know it is not, and I knew you would say that (so good answer). Didn’t mean to imply it could *better* answer you, but I only had 2.5 seconds, so that is all you got. 🙂

    The nice thing about counsils, creeds, and confessions is that it can save us the need to reinvent the wheel all the time. But still, my little Berean, look it up in Thee Book, yes.

    Summary of classic Ref’d view: Yes, A&E were created perfect–in God’s image, endued w/knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. Perfect, however, meaning perfectly innocent (WLC Q.21). But with the possibility to change, to fall. Free will. They are the only ones who ever had it. Ever. Because whoever you obey, his slave you are. They obeyed Satan, and immediately lost their freedom.

    No, God is not the author of sin (Jas. 1:13-17). Adam wasn’t “programmed” to sin, or God would be the author of sin. Yes, God knows all from before the foundations of the earth, but somethings are mysteries: if He’d have had to “make” A&E sin, then He, by sovereignly letting Kristina and Ashley sin would be “making” us sin, and that’s impossible.

    Chapters 3-5 of the WCF are hugely helpful, I think. They’re not long. Then come back w/more questions. 🙂

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