Our Redeemer Is Our Creator

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Isaiah 40:25-31

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. (v. 28)

One of the heresies in the early centuries of the church was the belief that God the Redeemer was different from God the Creator. Some thought that the God who redeemed us in Christ could not possibly be the one who made us, since matter was considered evil and no self-respecting deity would dirty his hands by messing with the stuff of the earth. There must be two gods, they reasoned: a creator and a redeemer, the former inferior to the latter.

This text clearly affirms that our Redeemer is our Creator. Yahweh, the Lord, the redeeming God of the exodus, is the same as the Creator of the ends of the earth. Indeed, it is precisely because God is the Creator of all, that he can and will deliver on his redemptive promises and save us from oppression and our imprisoning chain of sin. Furthermore, the fact that our Redeemer is our Creator means that matter matters to God. Earth is not foreign territory to the one who made all that is and took on flesh and pitched his tent among us. Our loving Redeemer is the selfsame loving Creator. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

PRAYER

Everlasting God, we rest secure in knowing that you who redeemed us made us.