17 (as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist (Romans 4).
Which is easier for God to accomplish, creation or salvation? Trick question — they are both the same, for they are both the same, though one is physical and the other spiritual. In creation He called into being that which does not exist; in salvation He gives life to the dead. In creation He made everything out of nothing; in salvation He brought life out of non-life. To be saved is to have a broken image of God made new by the One who made it in the first place.
Made in the image of God, man is able to “create” many things — but because he is finite man, those things he “creates” are always made out of something. In the spiritual realm he makes the mistake of thinking he can also “create” spiritual life through the doing of spiritual things, i.e. good works. But to God that sort of spiritual life is like a fake Rembrandt, and while others may be fooled, He sees right through it and scoffs at the absurdity of it. The walls of God’s heaven will never be lined with fakes.
Lord, we thank You for creating spiritual life in our dead lives. Continue, This Day, to create more and more of Your life within us that today we might glorify You more than we did yesterday. Amen.