In the Beginning (part 4)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3).

Introduction

The opening verses of Genesis focus our attention on the Creator of all created things. Here we see the beginning of the universe and God’s plan for making a habitation for man. Those who refuse to acknowledge the Creator are in spiritual darkness and void of true understanding of how life began on earth.

Before anything else

God existed before the universe was created and is the origin of life. Logic tells us that there had to be a cause that brought all things into existence. For the ungodly it is the so-called big bang, but for the believer it is God. Some look back to a primordial slime, but we look back to the Lord divine.

God is eternal, meaning that He has always existed. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27) … “Understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (Isaiah 43:10). If we had a time machine to go back into the eternal past, we would find God there, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2). If we could turn it and travel into the distant future, God would still be there, “Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting” (1 Timothy 6:15-16).

Those who trust in the eternal God, the Creator of all things, receive everlasting life from Him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) … “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Clearly then, those who reject the existence of the Creator, or rob Him of His glory by believing in evolution, cannot have life eternal.

Creation is not God

God created the universe; therefore creation (nature) is not God. The opening verse of Genesis dismisses atheism as nonsense. It destroys pantheism (belief in many gods) at its root. It mocks the evolution myth in all its forms.

God designed and made the universe for His own glory. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2). All the flowers and plant life reveal that He is a loving and caring God. “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30). The sea knows who its Master is. “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:39-41).

Creation is a vibrant and observable testimony of the existence of God. “There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:3), because it has for over six thousand years revealed that He is its Designer. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). This then makes every person born into this world accountable to Him.

Divine order

God is not a God of chaos but of order, for He transformed the basic building blocks into something wonderful and beautiful. There was no chaotic or accidental big bang, but a God of order bringing into being all things through His spoken word. The Holy Spirit did not haphazardly explode life into existence, but calmly and purposefully moved upon Creation.

This is the way God works in our lives too. We come to Christ through faith as the Spirit of God moves upon us, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God … Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:3,5), and He creates something that did not exist before, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). He switches the light on in our souls that were one time spiritual dark and dead, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). From that moment He illuminates our pathway to His Kingdom. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105) … “The LORD is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1).

Conclusion

The Eternal Creator is the origin of both physical and spiritual life. Those who reject Him as Creator also reject Him as Saviour. Since every person’s life is in His hands, they do well to prepare themselves to meet Him. “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:10-12). Only by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ can a person be assured of everlasting life. “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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

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