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kre-a'-ter (ktistes, 1 Peter 4:19): The distinctive characteristic of Deity, as the Creator, is that He is the Cause of the existent universe-Cause of its being, not merely of its evolution or present arrangements.

1. God as Creator:

The doctrine of His being the Creator implies, that is to say, that He is the real and the exclusive Agent in the production of the world. For, as Herder remarked, the thought of the Creator is the most fruitful of all our ideas. As Creator, He is the Unconditioned, and the All-conditioning, Being. The universe is thus dependent upon Him, as its causative antecedent. He calls it, as Aquinas said, "according to its whole substance," into being, without any presupposed basis. His power, as Creator, is different in kind from finite power. But the creative process is not a case of sheer almightiness, creating something out of nothing, but an expression of God, as the Absolute Reason, under the forms of time and space, causality and finite personality. In all His work, as Creator, there is no incitement from without, but it rather remains an eternal activity of self-manifestation on the part of a God who is Love.

2. Purpose in Creation:

God's free creative action is destined to realize archetypal ends and ideals, which are peculiar to Himself. For thought cannot be content with the causal category under which He called the world into being, but must run on to the teleological category, wherein He is assumed to have created with a purpose, which His directive agency will see at last fulfilled. As Creator, He is distinct from the universe, which is the product of the free action of His will. This theistic postulation of His freedom, as Creator, rules out all theories of necessary emanation. His creative action was in no way necessarily eternal-not even necessary to His own blessedness or perfection, which must be held as already complete in Himself. To speak, as Professor James does, of "the stagnant felicity of the Absolute's own perfection" is to misconceive the infinite plenitude of His existence, and to place Him in a position of abject and unworthy dependence upon an eternal activity of world-making.

3. Relation to Time:

God's action, as Creator, does not lower our conception of His changelessness, for it is a gratuitous assumption to suppose either that the will to create was a sudden or accidental thing, or that He could not will a change, without, in any proper sense, changing His will. Again, grave difficulties cluster around the conception of His creative thought or purpose as externalized in time, the chief source of the trouble being, as is often imperfectly realized, that, in attempting to view things as they were when time began, we are really trying to get out of, and beyond, experience, to the thinking of which time is an indispensable condition. God's work as Creator must have taken place in time, since the world must be held as no necessary element in the Absolute Life.

4. Christ in Creation:

The self-determined action of the Divine Will, then, is to be taken as the ultimate principle of the cosmos. Not to any causal or meta-physical necessity, but to Divine or Absolute Personality, must the created world be referred. "Of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things" (Romans 11:36). This creative action of God is mediated by Christ-by whom "were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him" (Colossians 1:16).


James Lindsay

2939. ktistes -- a creator
... a creator. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: ktistes Phonetic Spelling:
(ktis-tace') Short Definition: a founder, creator, God Definition: (often ...
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1217. demiourgos -- builder, maker, creator
... builder, maker, creator. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: demiourgos
Phonetic Spelling: (day-me-oor-gos') Short Definition: an artisan, builder ...
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2936. ktizo -- to build, create
... Josephus.]. Word Origin a prim. verb Definition to build, create NASB Word Usage
created (13), Creator (1), make (1). to create. Probably ...
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5079. technites -- a craftsman, artificer
... builder, craftsman. From techne; an artisan; figuratively, a founder (Creator) --
builder, craftsman. see GREEK techne. (technitai) -- 1 Occurrence. ...
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2316. theos -- God, a god
... God, (b) a god, generally. 2316 (of unknown origin) -- properly,, Creator
and of all things (Jn 1:3; Gen 1 - 3). [Long before the NT ...
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2937. ktisis -- creation (the act or the product)
... out of nothing (Lat ). See 2936 () and 2939 ("the Creator") for lengthy discussion
on "creation-facts.". Word Origin from ktizo Definition ...
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935. basileus -- a king
... As King, Jesus Christ has unqualified jurisdiction over all creation --
also being God the Creator. (cf. Jn 1:1-3,49). See 932 (). ...
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Strong's Hebrew
1254. bara' -- to shape, create
... to shape, create. Transliteration: bara' Phonetic Spelling: (baw-raw') Short Definition:
choose. choose, create creator, cut down, dispatch, do, make fat ...
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1254a. bara -- to shape, create
... root Definition to shape, create NASB Word Usage brings about (1), clear (2), create
(6), created (32), creates (1), creating (3), Creator (4), cut them down (1 ...
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3335. yatsar -- to form, fashion
... root Definition to form, fashion NASB Word Usage Creator (1), devises (1), earthenware*
(1), fashion (1), fashioned (1), fashioning (2), fashions (1), formed ...
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October the Fourth Creator and Creature
... OCTOBER The Fourth CREATOR AND CREATURE. ISAIAH xl.9-28. Let me mark the range
of this teaching. ... "The Creator of the ends of the earth ... ...
/.../my daily meditation for the circling year/october the fourth creator and.htm

God the Creator.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN III. God the Creator. James Montgomery. God the Creator.
Praise the High, the Holy One! God o'er all, the first, the last: ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn iii god the creator.htm

The Creator was Known as the True God from the First by his ...
... Chapter X."The Creator Was Known as the True God from the First by His Creation
Acknowledged by the Soul and Conscience of Man Before He Was Revealed by Moses ...
/.../tertullian/the five books against marcion/chapter x the creator was known.htm

October the Third Watching the Creator
... OCTOBER The Third WATCHING THE CREATOR. JEREMIAH x.10-16. ... To many of us the
Creator is remote from His works. He is not immediately near. ...
/.../my daily meditation for the circling year/october the third watching the.htm

God the Creator.
115. LM Fergus. God the Creator. 1 The Spirit moved upon ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/115 god the creator.htm

The Creator, God.
... RELIGION OF NATURE. 176. " The Creator, God. 176. CM Zinzendorf. The Creator,
God. 1 Lord, when thou said'st, "So let it be," The ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/176 the creator god.htm

God the Creator.
123. CM Watts. God the Creator. 1 Eternal Wisdom, thee ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/123 god the creator.htm

Jesus, Creator of the World
... No. 60 Jesus, Creator of the world. THE SACRED HEART Jesus, Creator of the
world (Auctor beate saeculi). Unison or two-part chorus ...
/.../the st gregory hymnal and catholic choir book/no 60 jesus creator of.htm

Veni Creator Spiritus
... No. 199a Veni Creator Spiritus. Veni Creator Spiritus ... Moderato. 1. Veni Creator Spiritus,
Mentes tuorum visita; Imple superna gratia Quae tu creasti, pectora. ...
/.../the st gregory hymnal and catholic choir book/no 199a veni creator spiritus.htm

Man the Image of the Creator, and Christ the Head of the Man ...
... Paul's epistles... Chapter VIII."Man the Image of the Creator, and Christ the Head
of the Man Spiritual Gifts. The Sevenfold Spirit Described by Isaiah. ...
/.../tertullian/the five books against marcion/chapter viii man the image of.htm

Creator (19 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia CREATOR. kre-a'-ter (ktistes, 1 Peter
4:19): The distinctive characteristic of Deity, as the Creator...
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Succoth-benoth (1 Occurrence)
... At present the only suggestion which can be made is that Benoth is for ban wath,
ie ban'(i) mati, "creator of the land." Both the Semitic and the bilingual ...
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Succothbenoth (1 Occurrence)
... At present the only suggestion which can be made is that Benoth is for ban wath,
ie ban'(i) mati, "creator of the land." Both the Semitic and the bilingual ...
/s/succothbenoth.htm - 9k

Father (11359 Occurrences)
... 9. (n.) The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the
Trinity. 10. (vt) To make one's self the father of; to beget. 11. ...
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Persian (4 Occurrences)
Aryan Religion 2. Avesta and Rig-Veda 3. The Creator II. ...
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Unreal (3 Occurrences)
... natures kindred to your own; and we bring you the Good News that you are to turn
from these unreal things, to worship the ever-living God, the Creator of earth ...
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Faithfulness (91 Occurrences)
... his readers that those who suffer as Christians and in accordance with God's will
should "commit their soul's in well-doing unto a faithful Creator" (1 Peter 4 ...
/f/faithfulness.htm - 58k

... or as having a beginning, as the Babylonian and Greek gods had, but thought of Him
as the ever-existing One (Psalm 90:1, 2), and free Creator and Disposer of ...
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Infinite (8 Occurrences)
... or as having a beginning, as the Babylonian and Greek gods had, but thought of Him
as the ever-existing One (Psalm 90:1, 2), and free Creator and Disposer of ...
/i/infinite.htm - 15k

Bless (174 Occurrences)
... (2) In the foregoing instances the Creator is regarded as the source of blessing
and the creature the recipient, but the order is sometimes reversed, and the ...
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Creator (19 Occurrences)

Matthew 19:4
He answered, "Haven't you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
(See NIV)

Acts 14:15
We also are but men, with natures kindred to your own; and we bring you the Good News that you are to turn from these unreal things, to worship the ever-living God, the Creator of earth and sky and sea and of everything that is in them.

Romans 1:25
who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:9
and to show all men in a clear light what my stewardship is. It is the stewardship of the truth which from all the Ages lay concealed in the mind of God, the Creator of all things--

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,

1 Peter 4:19
Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator.

Revelation 10:6
And in the name of Him who lives until the Ages of the Ages, the Creator of Heaven and all that is in it, of the earth and all that is in it, and of the sea and all that is in it, he solemnly declared,

Genesis 14:19
He blessed him, and said, "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth:
(See NIV)

Genesis 14:22
Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have lifted up my hand to Yahweh, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,
(See NIV)

Deuteronomy 32:6
Do you thus requite Yahweh, foolish people and unwise? Isn't he your father who has bought you? He has made you, and established you.
(See NIV)

Job 36:3
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Creator.

Ecclesiastes 12:1
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw near, when you will say, "I have no pleasure in them;"

Isaiah 27:11
When its branches are dry they will be broken off; the women will come and put fire to them: for it is a foolish people; for this cause he who made them will have no mercy on them, and he whose work they are will not have pity on them.

Isaiah 40:28
Haven't you known? Haven't you heard? The everlasting God, Yahweh, The Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't faint. He isn't weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

Isaiah 43:1
And now, thus said Jehovah, Thy Creator, O Jacob, and thy Fashioner, O Israel, Be not afraid, for I have redeemed thee, I have called on thy name -- thou 'art' Mine.

Isaiah 43:15
I am Yahweh, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."

Isaiah 45:18
For thus said Jehovah, Creator of heaven, He is God, Former of earth, and its Maker, He established it -- not empty He prepared it, For inhabiting He formed it: 'I 'am' Jehovah, and there is none else.

Isaiah 65:18
But joy ye, and rejoice for ever, that I 'am' Creator, For, lo, I am creating Jerusalem a rejoicing, And her people a joy.

Amos 4:13
For, lo, the former of mountains, and creator of wind, And the declarer to man what 'is' His thought, He is making dawn obscurity, And is treading on high places of earth, Jehovah, God of Hosts, 'is' His name!



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