The Creation

We can tell by reading Psalm 11 that the foundations of our faith are very important. And the book of Genesis is certainly the foundations of our faith and our Bible. Satan knows that if he can create doubt in the foundations, everything else falls apart. So, a lot of organizations and religions teach the book of Genesis as a book of good stories but not as the gospel truth. And when they do this, they make Paul, Peter and Jesus and the other Bible authors out to be liars. We have to remember that "all scripture is inspired by God" (II Timothy 3:16)

The Creation consisted of the following days:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day." (Genesis 1:1-5)

The entire Godhead was present and took part in the creation of the world. We see in the above passages that the Spirit of God was hovering above the waters before the world was created. And Jesus said in John 17:5 "And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was." So we see that all three were present before the world was created.

And they each had a part in the creation of the world. John says in his gospel "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." (John 1:3) And Paul also referred to this when he said "For by Him all things were created, {both} in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:16,17) And in Revelation 3:14, Jesus called himself "the beginning of the creation of God."

Of course we know this because the word from the Hebrew that was translated into God, during the creation sections, was Elohim, which is a plural for the word God. The Hebrew language adds plurals to words by adding the IM to the end(seraphim, cherubim, etc.). This is also why God said in Genesis 1:26 "Let us make man in our image." All were present in the creation.

Why is it people have such a hard time in believing the creation account? Maybe one of the biggest reasons is because most schools teach the Evolution theory rather than the Creation account, even though they have not one shred of evidence to prove it. It takes a lot more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in Creation. I think another reason people choose not to believe it is because a Creator has claim over what he/she has created. People would rather do what they want, when they want and not worry about the ramifications. Also, another reason could be that people today put more faith in Science than they do in the Bible. Science has become more of a god than God himself to most people (it gets more TV coverage). I read in an article once that Science died the day that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was accepted (approximately 30 years after his Origin of Species book was released ). That day marked the beginning of the times in which scientific results need to be politically correct in order to be accepted by the public. We are warned against this in Colossians 2:8 where it says "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8).

Notice that throughout Genesis chapters 1 and 2, it is mentioned over and over again that every living thing makes after its own kind, thus ruling out the theory of evolution. However, Evolution is to big of a subject to be covered here and we will leave to that to some other folks that have already done some good work in the field. There are two websites that are good at addressing this issue – and we will leave it to them (www.drdino.com and www.answersingenesis.com). However, these sites are only recommended for the Evolution/Creation work and not the spiritual or scriptural work. We are going to say from this point forward that we believe the Bible from the front cover to the maps in the back to be the infallible and ever living word of God. He says that Evolution is a farce and I would say He is a pretty good authority on the subject. He is the only one that was present during the creation so he ought to know.

The other thing God created was man and woman and the institution of marriage. "And the LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. And the man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2:22-24). We know that they were created at the beginning of creation because it says in Mark 10:6 "But from the beginning of creation, {God} made them male and female." And the New Testament says this about the joining of men and women. Matthew 19:5-6 says "‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh’? Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." "Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body {with her} For He says, ‘The two will become one flesh.’ But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit {with Him.}" (I Corinthians 6:16,17). Ephesians 5:31-33 says "For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and {let} the wife {see to it} that she respect her husband."

Every human being is created in the image of God and is worthy of honor and respect. Man was the climax of God’s creation and God has chosen to crown him with Glory and Honor and he is to "rule" over the rest of creation. However, kids are being taught in school these days that man is an animal. If that is the case, what makes us better than turtles or skunks? If man is merely an animal, then morality is a thing of the past. The world needs to start looking at every person as a "special creation" of God, put on this earth for specific purposes, rather than just another animal that evolved from the primeval broth. That would cure a lot of moral issues in the world today.

The Old Testament has many references regarding the power God showed in the creation. For example, Psalm 33:6-9 says "By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast." God spoke and it happened. And in Nehemiah 9:6, it says "Thou alone art the LORD. Thou hast made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. Thou dost give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before Thee." And also it says "The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands." (Psalm 19:1)

The New Testament also has a lot to say about the creation of the world also. Paul has told us in the book of Romans that the evidence of the existence of God comes in the creation of the world. There is no longer any excuse for not believing. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Romans 1:18-21)

And in the second book of Peter, we read the following: "and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For {ever} since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.’ For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God {the} heavens existed long ago and {the} earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men." (II Peter 3:4-7). So it is easy to see from the above scripture that since the beginning of creation all is continuing as it was(decaying). Everything started out in a perfect state and has been tending toward decay ever since(Romans 8:20,21). Notice also that people are ignorant of the creation and the flood. In fact, it says they are being dumb on purpose (it escapes their notice). They are choosing not to look at the Word of God. And notice also that God is reserving heaven and earth for fire on the day of judgement.

The New Testament also has a couple of other things to say about Jesus and the creation of the world. The book of Colossians says "For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, {both} in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:13-17). Then, in I Corinthians 8:6, Paul states "yet for us there is {but} one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we {exist} for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we {exist} through Him." And in Hebrews 11:3, it says "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible."

And last but not least: "The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;" (Acts 17:24). So what temple is it that God dwells in now? We will discuss this in a later study.

And just like the passages in Genesis 1:1-5 tells us of the creation of a new world, it appears to almost be the same story as the making of a new creature in Christ. For just as the earth was formless and void, so is the beaten damned-to-hell sinner when he comes to the waters to be immersed. And while he/she is in the water, the Spirit of God is Hovering over the water. And he/she comes up out of the water and God says "let there be light" and there is light. And it was morning and evening the first day for the new-born in Christ. "Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.’" (Ephesians 5:7-14).

 

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