Jesus says in the Gospel of St Mark, “Nothing that comes from the outside makes a person common, but the things inside are what make common.” St. Augustine writes in his work, On the Trinity “We do nothing, through the members of the body in our words and actions, by which the behavior of men is either approved or blamed, which we do not anticipate by a word uttered from within. No one willingly does anything, which he has not first said in his heart.”
St. Augustine continues, “This word is conceived by love, either of the creature or of the Creator, that is, either of changeable nature or of unchangeable truth.” In Book 3: 8:14 St. Augustine tells us “In the case of spiritual life itself, no one except God can work charity in our minds, yet men also are able to preach the gospel as an outward means…
In the creation of visible things it is God that works from within. God creates, not from without, but from within. As John says, in 1 John 4:8, “God is love.” God creates from love. This is what we mean when we say God creates. He does not create with the fingers, hands, arms and feet. God creates from within. God creates from love and he calls us to do the same, creating from within, from love.
Much ado has been made of Genesis 1 where God creates the light on the first day, the trees on the third, and the source of the light, which nourishes the trees on the fourth. In our mechanical world, this is impossible. The light cannot come before its source; the tree cannot come before the light. God works on a different plain. KNPB has a show on Saturday’s, The Joy of Painting.
We watch the artist, Bob Ross, on this show, as he draws a landscape. He draws diffused light, (the reds, greens, blues and yellows, of the landscape) first. These lay out the confines of the river or the lake. Then he draws in the land. Once Bob Ross draws in the land he sketches in a few trees. He tries to give the perception of time by drawing in, the sun or stars. With the lake, trees, and time of day drawn in, he finishes off his work with some animal life. This is the same order God creates the world in Genesis 1.
We read in the Gospels that Jesus is the son of Joseph, the carpenter. Joseph is called the carpenter in fulfillment of Zechariah 2: 3 which talks of four carpenters. The Hebrew word for carpenter means an engraver or one who draws, an artist. Jesus is the son of an artist. Jesus is the son of an engraver of worlds, God. Jesus is an artist and the son of the artist, God.