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God’s Creation of the Body

It’s 7 AM. Your alarm just went off, and after hitting snooze as often as time allows, you roll out of bed and take the first slow steps of a new day. Before leaving for work, you make coffee and toast, and say goodbye to your family before heading out the door. In just a few sentences, you can see how often a man uses his body to perform normal tasks. He uses the large motor skills  in his legs and arms to get out of bed, the fine motor skills in his hands to butter his toast and steadily lift his cup of coffee to his mouth, being careful not to burn his tongue. Throughout this routine, his brain sends and receives neurons to and from the various parts of the body as it performs its tasks and responds to the world around it. This example of a regular morning routine is but a drop in the sea of the ways we use God’s beautiful creation of the body. 

When one thinks about the components of the human body, what quickly comes to mind is its simple and visible parts, like the arms, legs, head, and so on. What we easily overlook is how complicated and intricate the human body really is. The human body includes 206 bones, 78 organs, around 600 muscles, and on average, a staggering 7 billion billion billion (that’s 7 x 10^27) atoms, all of which work perfectly together to make a living, breathing human body. Even unbelieving scientists who have studied the body will tell you that the human body is incredible, even though they may not acknowledge God as its creator.  

Spiritually, we understand that God created the human body to be perfect when he created Adam and Eve. He created man in his own image, shaping him after his own likeness to have dominion over the earth (Gen 1:25-27). However, when man fell in Adam, he lost that glorious perfection and became sinful in mind and body. A once glorious creation became corrupt, and although physically impressive, ultimately the human body and soul became black with sin and prone to every evil thing. We so often sin with our bodies by corrupting them even further, taking them for granted, and ignoring Scipture’s ceaseless warnings against the danger of falling into these constant sins (BC Art. 14). 

It would be easy to spend the rest of the article outlining how specifically man sins against God in the corruption of his body, because the sins he commits are endless and everywhere present in his daily life. Instead, let’s briefly look at two of God’s beautiful attributes that are reflected in his creation of the body, and how they lead us to a greater knowledge of and love for Him. 

First, we see God’s power. What other explanation can there possibly be for how man was created? There is no legitimate earthly explanation for how man came to be, and to think that a living, breathing creature with a mind and will was made by chance is unbelievable. In the creation of man we see God’s powerful hand creating diverse beings with innumerable intricate components that all play a part in how a man functions each day..  

Secondly, we see his love. It is amazing to see how carefully God made each and every one of his children to be unique to themselves, each equipped with the gifts they need to fulfill the tasks which God has laid before them. “And unto one he gave five talents,to another two,and to another one; to every man according to his several ability” (Matt. 25:15). The parable of the talents reminds us that in love, God gives his children each different measures of talent, and whether they be many or few, they are to be used to glorify God’s name and strengthen the body of Christ. It is easy for us to see that God has given to some obvious physical, mental, or spiritual gifts. Sometimes it is less easy for us to see how God fits us in the body of Christ because we feel like we lack the gifts that others have. In these times of sinful doubt, we must call to mind  that each of us is an important part of the body of Christ, no matter what or how many gifts we have received. With this assurance, the child of God uses his talents, knowing that God has given him a wonderfully created body able to use the gifts he’s received. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” Colossians 3:23. 

When we stop just for a short while to consider the power and love of God in his creation of our bodies, we are reminded to glorify him continually. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made”(Psalm 139:14) and look forward to the day when our sinful bodies will be made perfect in eternal heavenly glory. 

 

Archivist’s note:

This article was submitted to a Beacon Lights writing contest, with the prompt to “Explore an aspect of creation that you find especially beautiful or interesting. Describe how that aspect leads you and Christians in general to a greater knowledge of the Creator.” The article above was selected as one of the top 5 submissions in its category.