God’s Creation

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).’

The first verse of the Bible is mind-blowing. Just think about it. God brought into being a universe that had previously never existed. He created matter, space, time and life – all of them intimately and inextricably bound together. Furthermore, the pinnacle of His Creation are the descendants of Adam and Eve, who are made in His own image (Genesis 1:27), and every one of them has a soul that never dies (Isaiah 55:3).

Interpreting Genesis

According to scholastic Biblical timelines, about three-thousand or so years after the Creation, God came to the earth and met with Moses (Exodus 19:3, 9, 20). He told Him to write His Law (Exodus 34:27), the Torah, which was to be obeyed by His chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6), the Israelites. Genesis, the first book of the Torah, endeavours to explain the miraculous creation of the world, mankind and the creatures that inhabit it. For centuries God’s saints have struggled to arrive at a unified understanding of what Moses wrote, particularly the time it took God to create the world! The struggle for understanding this minuscule part of God’s Word continues today. Sadly, rifts and factions have divided God’s people, because of their different views.

Fortunately, knowing and believing the ‘time’ He took to create His universe is not a prerequisite for our salvation – just as knowing the timing and nature of the dissolution of the world is not necessary (Mark 13:32, 33; Acts 1:7). Yes, Christians may be divided about these things, but if they trust Jesus for their salvation, they are united in Him. He is their Father and they are His adopted sons [daughters] (Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5). He loves them, and they love Him. They rest in Him, as He rested after creating the world (Hebrews 4:1-10).

Apparent Ambiguity

So why would God inspire Moses to write the account of His Creation? Furthermore, why would Moses write it with apparent ambiguity?

The sort of questions that arise are: “Did God actually bring the physical world into being over a literal timespan of six twenty-four hour periods?” And: “Did He afterwards rest for a literal period of twenty-four hours?”

Although the Bible declares it took six periods of twenty-four hours for God to create the world and all that He created, could these periods in fact have been much longer? – even thousands of years (1 Peter 3:8)? – perhaps millions?

As far as I can gather, Christians have come up with as many as *nine different interpretations of the Creation account. Clearly, only God knows if any of them are correct. His Word is true. He cannot lie, and yet He leaves us with this quandary. However, it’s obvious He wants us to know that He created the world, and why He did it. Therefore He has given us the Bible which provides answers to those questions we need to know. It also leaves us with some unanswered questions, but none of them are necessary for our salvation.

He wants us to know that He created the world as a temporary abode for men and women, some of whom He has predestined (Romans 8:29, 30; Ephesians 1:5, 11) to be a people for Himself who will live with Him forever in a new world that He will create (Revelation 21:1). He wants these ‘chosen people (1 Peter 2:9)’ to have Him as their King (John 18:37). He wants them to be recipients of His love, and for them to have an everlasting and perfect loving relationship with Him (John 14:21).

So, without **revealing Himself as their Creator, how could they have any understanding (Ephesians 1:18) of His desires and plans He has for them? Therefore He reveals Himself through His Creation, and through His Word the Bible, and particularly through His Son, Jesus, who came to the earth to save them from everlasting hell. The Holy Spirit opens their ears (Isaiah 35:5) for them to hear and He gives them understanding (Matthew 13:23). God draws (John 6:44) them to Himself and sets them apart from the world. He makes them holy, as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15, 16). He makes them spotless, as His Son is spotless; He purifies and cleanses them from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Science [man’s knowledge and the application of that knowledge] plays no part in their salvation, which is a gift received from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Likewise the work of men plays no part in their salvation (v 9). ‘Knowing’ Jesus, and having a relationship with Him is ALL of God. He reveals Himself and draws (John 6:44) His own to Himself. Thus God’s will of desire and will of decree are fulfilled.

His Creation is just the beginning. There’s so much more to come!

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).’

‘Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Revelation 21:2).’

*Nine Views of Creation

https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/creation.cfm

**The Mystery of God’s Progressive Revelation

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2019/03/13/the-mystery-of-gods-progressive-revelation/

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I am a Christian by the grace of God. Ephesians 2:8, 9 Jesus loves me and I love Him. I love my wife, my family and my larger family, the true Church of God.
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