God is the loving ruler of the world
The first point of the Christian message is that God is in charge of the world. He is the ruler, the supreme president, the king. Unlike human rulers, however, God always does what is best for his subjects. He is the kind of king you'd like to be ruled by.
He made the world
God rules the world because he made the world. Like a potter with his clay, God fashioned the world into just the shape he wished, with all its amazing details. He made it, and he owns it.
He made us rulers of the world under him
He also made us. God created people who were something like himself, and put them in charge of the world--to rule it, to care for it, to be responsible for it, and to enjoy all its beauty and goodness. He appointed humanity to supervise and look after the world, but always under his own authority, honouring him and obeying his directions.
You can see this represented in the illustration above: God is the ruler (the crown) and humanity is created to live in and rule God's world under God's loving authority.
How the Bible puts it:
``You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.'' (Revelation chapter 4, verse 11)
|It all sounds rather ideal--God in heaven, people ruling the world according to his directions, and everything right with the world. But everything is very obviously not right--with us or the world.|