Saturday, October 6, 2012


This we believe


5. Creation

Genesis 1:1-2:3

When we open our Bibles, the first thing we read about is creation.

The basic facts

• This universe is not self-existent or eternal (Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 6:6)
• It derives its existence from the true God alone (Genesis 1:1; Revelation 10:6)
• He made all things from nothing, by the power of His Word (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 33:6,9)
• He did not need to do this – it was an act of His free and sovereign will (Acts 17:25;
Revelation 4:11)
• He did it for His own glory (Colossians 1:16; Romans 11:33-36

Some points to note about Genesis 1

• Some things God created were fundamentally new (1:1,21,27; 2:3)
• All else He ‘made’ (fashioned or formed from existing material – 1:7,16,25; 2:3)
• He did the whole work in six days (a ‘day’ being one revolution of the earth upon its
axis – 1:4,8,19,23,31; Exodus 20:11)
• The whole work was perfect – precisely what god wanted it to be (1:31)

Some points to note about the creation of man

• This was preceded by a divine counsel (1:26)
• Man was God’s crowning creation - and distinct from the animals (1:26)
• He was made in God’s ‘image’ (1:26)
• The were male and female from the beginning, and the whole human race has
descended from a single human pair (1:27; 2:4-25)
• Upon him rested a blessing, and to him was given a mandate (1:28)
• To them were given creation ordinances of: procreation and marriage; the Sabbath;
and work (1:28-2:25)
• They had a sufficient knowledge of God’s will (Romans 1:19; 2;15; Genesis 2:16-17)
• He was capable of obedience, but also of falling (Genesis 3)

Some points to note from other parts of the Bible

• It was through Christ that everything without exception was made (John 1:1,3,10;
Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2)
• He also upholds the whole universe together (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3)
• The Holy Spirit is the agent of creation (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30)
• From the very beginning the things God has made display His eternal power and deity
(Romans 1:20)

In the final analysis, we believe this because God has revealed it (Hebrews 11:3)

Today’s Lesson:
We can know our creator! We rejoice to be able to say 2 Corinthians 4:6!

Note: There are now many resources available that demonstrate that the
evolutionary model cannot be substantiated by the known facts, and that the
Biblical account is the only explanation of the universe that can account for the
evidence. Some good websites to start with are:
• Answers In Genesis
• Biblical Creation Society
• Center for Scientific Creation
• Institute for Creation Research
• True Origin Archive

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