The Abiding Gift of Prophecy


The Marvelous Origin of Man

That Inspired Record throws a flood of light on all that we behold—above, below, and around us. It takes us back to the beginning. It reveals the origin of things—of our world, of the human race, and of that mysterious disorder we call sin. It sheds a floodlight on the meaning of the present situation in which we find ourselves. It foretells the future to the end of time. AGP 15.5

In the Inspired Word there is given a brief, rational account of the origin of man and the beginning of the history of the AGP 15.6

human family,—indeed, the only authentic and satisfactory account that men possess. The opening statement reads: AGP 16.1

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.

Then follows the record of creation week. The account of the sixth day of that week describes the origin of man: AGP 16.2

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Genesis 1:27.

According to this Inspired Word, man was created by Him who made the myriads of mighty worlds that fill the universe. As related to this world, man was the crowning work of the Creator, grander, nobler, and more marvelous than all else that God had created. Endowed with perfect physical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual qualities, he occupied the highest place in the world over which he was given dominion by his Maker. AGP 16.3

Adam and his companion, Eve, were, before the intrusion of sin, honored and blessed with free, direct association with their Creator and other members of the heavenly family. They were permitted to behold the glory of God, and to hold communion with Him “without a dimming veil between.” In this close association with their Creator, it is but reasonable to believe that they received from Him the information they needed regarding His great purpose in creation, also their relationship to their Creator and to the world in which they were placed. AGP 16.4