Things Seen -- Were Not

   Hebrews 11:3,  “...Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  “The worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  The apostle states that these things were not made out of a pre-existent matter; for if they were, that matter, however extended or modified, must appear in that thing into which it is compounded and modified, consequently it could not be said that the things which are seen are not made of the things that appear; and he shows us also, by these words, that the present mundane fabric was not formed or reformed from one anterior, as some suppose.  According to Moses and the apostle we believe that God made all things out of nothing.

   At present we see trees of different kinds are produced from trees; beasts, birds, and fishes, from others of the same kind; and man, from man:  but we are necessarily led to believe that there was a first man, who owed not his being to man; first there were beasts, etc., which did not derive their being from others of the same kind; and so of all manner of trees, plants, etc.  God, therefore, made all these out of nothing; His Word tells us so, and we credit that Word.  Revelation 10:6, “And sware by Him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, an ...

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