Together We Stand

Corinthians is the go-to text for Christians who want to talk about teamwork, but the mandate was actually given by God from when, and even before, he created man. In fact, teamwork was built into our very DNA.

Genesis 1:26-27 states we are created in God's image, a thought to keep in mind as we look at some keywords for the purpose of this exercise. These words I want to consider are "Let us make God created..."

So here we have God (one member of the Trinity) talking to the others and he/she says "Let" (the proposal). In this form it is a suggestion or statement of intention. Next up is "us" (the who) which is plural, thus indicating more than one entity is present. We then progress to the words "make man" (aim/goal) which presents the desired result. Finally we have the phrase "so God created" which indicates that the proposal was agreed upon by the who, whom then worked to achieve the outcome: teamwork.

Now let us refer back to the Bible text and the details of the proposal, specifically the criteria that man was to be made in the image of God. Now consider that the very creation of man was one which was a group task. How then can we function in the image of God if we fail to act as part of a loving team or community? By acting as part of a respectful, loving team in harmonious pursuit of a goal is in itself an act of honor to the creator, for we are doing what we were created to do: to reflect his image.

Now some may feel this is a tenuous idea, so let's examine the mandate given to man and woman by God after their creation. Genesis 1:28 contains the command of God, and also the remit of man and woman that they are to be fruitful and multiply. It is the multiply aspect that I am most interested in at this time.

Simple biology tells us that we need more than one person in order to reproduce, and seeing as God considers free will a pretty big deal, I cannot envisage for a second that in his telling man and woman to reproduce he was encouraging or condoning one party forcing either their will or their body onto another. We were to work in harmony by respecting, agreeing, and consenting; and by our doing so we would not only become one, but we would also be of one purpose. Thus his very command to multiply is implicit in saying teamwork was a requirement of our roles here on earth.

It is also possible to make a case for the fall of man being a team effort, instead of what has historically and erroneously been presented where the woman solely is to blame. A reading of Genesis 3:6-7 presents us with the moment that the man and woman sin. In this we read that the woman eats the fruit, and then presents it to her husband who is with her. In this moment her husband has the ability to say no and refuse his consent in this course of action, but he does not; he and his wife remain of one mind, and it is upon the man eating the fruit that verse 7 says "their eyes were opened." Consider for a moment that nothing happened to the woman until the man ate the fruit, what are the implications of this?

Now let's look at what happens after they have eaten the fruit. The text goes on to say that God came down looking for the man and the woman but they were hiding, and so God confronts them about what they had done, and what happens next is the first example of division and disunity between men and women in the Bible. "It was the woman you gave me..." (Gen 3:12) and with one finely constructed sentence the man seeks to firstly distance himself from the woman and to blame God for the predicament that he finds himself in.

Men and women were not created to be divided, we were created with a unified purpose and for a common goal. As Christians wishing to reflect the image of God to a fractious and broken world, we must find unity with one another and with our God. Back biting, sabotaging one another's efforts, gossiping, and causing problems within the church is not reflective of a loving God who with a clear mind and purpose set out to achieve a goal, but rather is an indicator of how far from God we really are.

Tabitha Purple is currently serving as a pastor in the Netherlands Union. She also blogs on where she frequently discusses practical theology and life with a creative emphasis.

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Until more people understand the true translation of the word “desire” in Gen 3:16 they will be at a loss on how to deal with gender conflict & the WO mess.

Most churchgoers are still handicapped with ROM 8:7 mindsets.

SDA church is only a place where Adventists have an opportunity to become mature Christians, not institutional, conventional mindset, worldlings. (1 JN 4:5)

"The text goes on to say that God came down looking for the man and the woman but they were hiding, and so God confronts them about what they had done, and what happens next is the first example of division and disunity between men and women in the Bible. "

“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Gen 3:9 KJV

What’s the word say? He called to Adam the vice-regent, not the woman. Here again is a crystal clear example that the word is completely malleable to an agenda that will destroy the spiritual truth of the bible. The blame you make a point to point out that it is the man at fault that caused the disunity, but actuality it was Adam’s love for his wife that caused him to fall. Adam chose her over obedience to his creator.

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Paul in Rom.5 :12 blames things ultimately on Adam from whom came woman. I suggest you are correct. He loved her and in addition likely not bad on the eyes! :slight_smile:

Thanks Tabitha,
Good article. It appears you see the need of the “creation week” at some point in time. Yes, the woman was for company and a helpmate! Then “their eyes” were opened.
Blessings in your ministry!

Good article but I think you missed an opportunity to further emphasize the aspect of teamwork. In whose image was man to be created? In OUR image. This emphasizes teamwork and unity. God has one image despite being a trinity.

Now that is funny! :joy::joy::joy::joy:

Adam is vice regent? :joy::joy::joy::joy:

This paragraph should be sent via email by every Church member to the whole GC team. Maybe, just maybe, if they receive tons of copies, at a certain point something will click.

Though I am very doubtful, because this GC team appears determined to figh forcefully to subvert the Church establish balance of power, and they are determined to steal from the Unions the authority currently in place. It’s nothing but a “coup d’etat”… a “very spiritual” one, done with lots of prayer… and this time with beards around their faces in their 4th attempt to disunite the Church.

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When Satan declared to Christ, The kingdom and glory of the world are delivered unto me, and to whomsoever I will I give it, he stated what was true only in part, and he declared it to serve his own purpose of deception. Satan’s dominion was that wrested from Adam, but Adam was the vicegerent of the Creator. His was not an independent rule. The earth is God’s, and He has committed all things to His Son. Adam was to reign subject to Christ. When Adam betrayed his sovereignty into Satan’s hands, Christ still remained the rightful King. Thus the Lord had said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will.” Daniel 4:17

. Satan can exercise his usurped authority only as God permits. {DA 129.4}


In what world do we see Adam as vice regent without Eve? :thinking:
Were they not both given the same tasks and responsibilities by God at creation? :thinking:

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