The Cells That Make Up Your Body

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"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Gen. 2:77And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
When God brought forth man on the earth, there was a great difference between man and all other creatures. Intellectually and spiritually man was made higher than all other earthly creatures, and man had a responsibility to perform as the image (or representative) of God.
The human body is the most marvelous structure in all of God's creation, and the cell is its vital living unit. The human body contains about 50 trillion cells! Also, every living thing, including trees and vegetation, is made up of cells. Most cells can be seen only through a microscope, yet each is separate and distinct. The membrane around each cell is so thin that it would take 2,500,000 to measure one inch. Yet it is still quite capable of not only keeping its cell separate from all others, but it determines what substances will pass back and forth through it.
Each cell is dependent on every other cell, and an amazing organization controls them all. This is of utmost importance, for life depends upon all cells working smoothly together. God has wisely provided a nervous system that takes care of this. Every cell is a specialist in its own field—bone, skin, muscle, liver, hair, etc.—and a cell made for its particular function is not able to do the work of another kind of cell.
Just think what you are made of! A single protein molecule (part of each cell) contains thousands and sometimes millions of atoms, all arranged in precise order. Remember that this is just one of thousands of molecules in one cell, and then add to that the innumerable atoms that make up the body and all its parts. Your mind could not grasp the total number, for there are just so many of them! No wonder the psalmist could say, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works" (Psa. 139:1414I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14)).
If God has taken all this interest and minute detail in making man, it is certain that He must be vitally interested in how each human life is used. Furthermore, He has given man a never-dying soul and completely provided the way, through faith in Christ, whereby eternity may be enjoyed in the wonders of heaven. Have you, by faith in Him, found the joy of the "exceeding great and precious promises" (2 Peter 1:44Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)) assured to every person who believes? "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (1 John 5:1313These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)).