God is the giver of life.

"I have made you the father of many nations' - in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and call into existence the things that do not exist." - Romans 4:17

    Who is that God made "the father of many nations'? Abraham. And Abraham was justified because he believed God, when He said that. What catches my attention here is that God is a giver of life to the dead and can call into existence the things that do not exist. I love that!

    God "gives life to the dead". And in Abraham's eyes, he was "as good as dead, since he was about hundred years old" (Rom. 4:19) when God told him that he would be the 'the father of many nations' back in Genesis 15, but know this where there is death, God can give life! God is able to voluntarily and does so without compensation, grant permission the ability to live. Where there is the cessation of life God is able impart to life once more. Is this not what He did with Lazarus? Is this not what God did with His own Son, Jesus? And is it not what He did for Abraham and Sarah when she was deprived of life in her womb? Yes.

   God does not just give life to the dead in a physical sense but also in a spiritual one. Ephesians 2:1-3 states, "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience - among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind." At one time, because of sin, you were spiritually dead. Your soul was deprived of life.

   However, God gives us life through His Son, Jesus Christ. Paul continued in Ephesians 2:4 and 5,"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved." God gives life to us who are spiritually dead by making us alive with Christ. Why would He do that? God would take us who are spiritually dead and make us alive with His Son because He is 'rich in mercy' and because 'the love with which He loved us" is a 'great love'. Isn't that glorious!

     God can "call into existence the things that do not exist".  God is able to command life where life can not be found. He can take what does not exist and summons whatever into existence. He can convoke the presence of life where life is absent. 

    Lets take Genesis for example. Genesis 1:1 & 2 tells us that "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep." Nothing according to this account existed before God created it. Nothing. And He did not stop there, but by His spoken word, where the earth was empty, was now full of life (Genes 1:3-31). He literally brought into existence all things where nothing existed! 

   That takes faith to believe. The author of Hebrews in 11:3 states, "By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible." Thus, it takes faith believing that God could create what seen out of what we do not see. It takes faith believing that God can summons "into existence things that do not exist".  Nonetheless, that is the greatness, the power and the glory of God. He is able to give life to the dead and bring into existence things to that do not exist from what is invisible. 

   

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