The Creator Is Still Creating

Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.  (JN 9:6-7)

What’s with the mud?

Some commentators say it shows that our sovereign God can work in any way he chooses, and sometimes he works in unexpected ways.  Others think it may reflect Genesis 2:7 “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

In other words the Creator is still creating!

The one who formed the first man out of the earth and breathed life into him was still creating.  He plastered mud on a blind man’s eyes and created new eyes for him.

When Jesus saves us, he doesn’t simply give us a fresh start, he makes us into something we’ve never been before.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Believers are new creations.  Part of God’s new creation to come.  Destined to breathe the air of the new heaven and new earth.  Predestined to be conformed to Christ and shine with the glory of Christ for all eternity.  Destined to conquer sin and walk in all kinds of good works and use our gifts to bless many others.  The Creator is still creating!

This should give us so much hope. We aren’t doomed to live a life of constant failure and falling into sin.

The great Creator is still creating  – making his redeemed more and more into his own likeness every day.  And he often works in our lives in unexpected ways.  The same One who told Peter to go throw his line into the sea and he’d pull out a fish with a gold coin in its mouth has completely unexpected ways of providing for us and blessing us.  Ways we can’t even conceive.  If you had asked Peter, “Where are you going to get the money for the temple tax?” he wouldn’t have said, “I think I’ll go fishing and see if I can pull up any fish with gold in their mouths.”

So be filled with hope today.  If Jesus has saved you, you’re a new creation and he’ll continue to pour out his creative power and energy into your life.  Believe that Jesus will work in unexpected and wonderful ways in your life.

  • lisa

    What a wonderful, encouraging post! Thank you, Mark! One of the coolest things ever is to realize, "Wow, God really is working in my life to change and grow me." Isn't it kind of God to not only justify us but sanctify us and make us new creatures too?

    • Mark Altrogge

      Amen Lisa! Yes – God is so good! Thanks for your comments.

  • Elaine Eshleman

    Thanks for the encouragement, Mark! I appreciate it!

    "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17) What a great verse to remember when the enemy comes whispering his lies, reminding me of the sin that controlled me – the Lord has given us such a gift!

    Reading Jerry Bridges' new book, "The Transforming Power of the Gospel," and it fits in so well with your comment, "This should give us so much hope. We aren’t doomed to live a life of constant failure and falling into sin." Books like Mr. Bridges and this blog are great supplements to my Bible reading – both are so helpful in helping understand and apply God's truth.

    Thanks!

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks so much, Elaine! Jerry Bridges is great – I love him too!

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    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks Anne – I’m grateful this post was helpful. thank you for letting me know.