The Bible doesn’t only contain amazing stories about miracles for people who were in dire situations. The Bible also contains a clear picture of God as the beginner and finisher of all things. The Bible and Christians together rightly call the God of heaven and earth, Creator God. He is called that because He is credited with creating everything that we can see and even the things that we can’t see. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, talks about the creation of the heavens and the earth and even more importantly Who is behind creation. As we discuss the topic of creation we will look at what the Bible says about creation, where creation came from, what creation reveals about God and what the importance of understanding biblical creation is.
What Does The Bible Say About Creation?
The Bible opens with the first two chapters of the first book of the Bible talking about the creation of all things, but then goes on for another forty-eight chapters to talk about God and His relationship with the humanity He created and then the book of Genesis ends. It is as if the lens of the camera opens quickly in Genesis chapter one verse one like a panoramic photo and then by Genesis chapter three verse one it moves to a much more specific lens as it focuses in on God and His relationship with humanity.
An unknown author once said “The Holy Spirit wasn’t given to man to tell us how heaven came to us, but how are to get to heaven.” As much as the Bible does say about creation it also withholds many things and leaves some things up for debate. We must make sure that we are not camping (majoring) on the unknown parts of the Bible. Instead we can look at them, talk about them, but we never want to allow minor theological debates to divide us. God has called us to stick close to the main and plain Doctrine of creation. Among the things the Bible doesn’t say about the creation of the earth are, how old the earth is, is a day a literal 24 hour period and exactly how old humanity is. Those three topics are among a large number of things the Bible doesn’t say about the Bible, and it’s those things we walk past and observe but refuse to set up a tent and camp there and become defensive over things that aren’t going to help anyone anyway.
In the opening line of Genesis chapter one, verse one we see that creation is about God and without that understanding we fail to see this pattern in all of life. Our lives must be connected to the Creator in order for our lives to make sense. When it comes to the idea of creation, the Bible uses two really cool words to explain the two types of creation. Genesis 1:1 says;
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
The word that is used here for creation or created is the Hebrew word Bara. This means to create something from nothing. Only God is attributed with the ability to create something from nothing. When humans create something we do what is called in the Hebrew Asah. To Asah means to create something from something. It would be like saying tonight I made this carrot soup from freshly ground carrots. You didn’t actually create the carrots, but you made the soup. At the end of the day, the carrots came from a seed that only God is able to create, and humanity can take that seed after it grows a carrot and use it for soup, but we cannot make the seed. When the Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth, it is saying that God created all things from top to bottom. Nothing that was created was created without Him, or He created everything. The Bible also tells us that the earth has a starting point but it’s the specific starting point that we don’t know. When the Bible says in the beginning, it is saying at the starting point, or the idea that God’s great creation does have a starting point.
Where Did Creation Come From?
In the opening lines of the Bible in Genesis one and two the Bible says over and over that creation, above and below and humanity all came from God. The first two chapters of the Bible tell us that God is a prophet who spoke creation into being solely by the Word of His mouth. In Genesis chapter one no less than 10 times does the Bible say that God spoke. God is a speaking God and creation has proceeded from His mouth. Hebrews 11:3 says;
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made with things which are visible.”
The writer of Hebrews is restating what we read when looking at Genesis chapter’s one and two; that the God of heaven and earth is a prophet, meaning God is a talking, speaking God that spoke and still speaks today.
This also means that there isn’t anything more powerful than the voice of God. Through the voice of God all things were created, man became a living being, environments were sustained, things were separated and things were joined. Today in our culture of “-ism’s” it’s important that we clearly understand nothing is more powerful, more life giving than the voice of God. This leads us to the truth that because God speaks it means that He is personal, not impersonal like many critics today say. Many who hate God and who are working to disprove Him, have stated that creation came from impersonal matter. It takes more faith to believe that we came from something that doesn’t speak, think or have emotions, than to say that a personal creation came from a personal God. When we say that God is a person and His creation reflects His personhood, we are not saying that God the Father has a physical body, but that in symbolic fashion He is a God who is personally involved with His creation. God is not an “it”, and His creation doesn’t reflect an “it”, but rather a person. We will cover this more in Session Five on “The Image of God. “
What Does Creation Reveal About God?
When we begin to enjoy music, art and culture what we really fall in love with is the person behind the music, the art and the culture. It’s not just that U2 makes really cool music, that music has come from some really cool guys. The same thing is true when looking into the Creation of all things. God’s creation reflects God. If we were to intently observe creation we would come up with countless truths about just how much our creation reflects our God.
To simplify it, we will look at six ways that God’s creation reflects God. 1) Through God’s creation we see that there is only one God. The Bible doesn’t speak of many Gods. Or other gods, but of only one God who is fully in charge and doesn’t share His position with anyone. There is none besides Him, none beneath Him and none above Him. He stands alone. 2) Through God’s creation we see that God is living. Like we said earlier, life doesn’t spring from and it, or from a rock, but from a person. Because God is living, so also does His creation live. God is not dependent upon His creation to live, but rather His creation is dependent upon Him to live. The Bible says that it’s in Him we live, move and have our being.”
3) Through God’s creation we can see that God is independent. If we would allow this truth to touch our hearts in a deep way, it would forever change us. Because God is independent of His creation, He deals with creation because He wants to, not because He has to. God created all things, and pledged Himself to His creation in such a way, that though He lacks nothing, because He is personal He wasn’t going to leave His creation to its own destruction. Thus, He gets involved within it. 4) Through God’s creation we can see that God is powerful. The Bible declares that God is all-powerful and there isn’t anyone alive today, or who has lived in the past that has power like that. The devil himself doesn’t possess power like that of God. He alone is all-powerful, and not only does He just have power, He does right with the power that He has which is totally different from humanity, who uses power for a wrong purpose. God uses His power to serve humanity who is dependent upon His creation.
5) Through God’s creation we can see that God is a sovereign King. Through creation we see that the stars, plants, seeds, kinds, demons, Satan, water, the mountains, humans, kings and queens are all under the power and rule of God Almighty. Because God created all things, He is over all things. He who created the thing is more powerful than the thing created. Personally, I say to God “you are greater than me, because I have come from You.” The Bible says that God sits in the heavens and does what He pleases. In Revelation 19 He is pictured as being the King above all kings.
6) And lastly, through creation we can see that God is holy. God originally made all things in the earth good and without sin, but through the fall of Adam and Eve the garden and all of God’s creation became bent away from Him. Now this doesn’t mean that God is no longer holy, but rather that God Himself is at work again within the garden of His creation to restore what has been broken down. Though it looks like Eden has been lost, in the end, God will have His Eden. God is holy, and because His originally intention with His creation was that it be holy, we are unable to change the original design. God is holy, and He commands His creation to mirror Him in the earth, and that means we are to become Holy like He is.
What Difference Does The Doctrine Of Creation Make For My Life?
Within some circles in the Body of Christ there are those that spend far too much time arguing over the parts of creation that in my opinion don’t really don’t matter at the end of the day. I love to talk about the Bible and to wrestle with some of the things within it that are unclear. However, to camp there and become dogmatic about certain issues we can know nothing about, makes no sense to me. For instance, some people enjoy arguing about the earth being either a young earth and old creation, or old creation and young earth. These topics are fun to talk about and look into, but because the Bible isn’t totally clear about it, we shouldn’t act as if we have the final answer.
However there are some things that as Christians you must understand when it comes to the Doctrine of Creation. 1) You need to know that God created all things out of nothing. This means that God Barad’ creation. He made something from nothing. 2) You need to know that creation is distinct from God, yet creation is always dependent upon God. This means that though God created all things, He doesn’t need His creation in the same way that His creation needs Him. We as humans are dependent upon God. 3) You need to know that God created the universe to show His glory. It’s easy for us to move into worshiping God’s creation instead of worshipping the Creator who is forever blessed. If we fail to see that God created all things to show His glory, we can end up worshipping the creation and lose sight of the Creator. 4) You need to know that the universe was originally created good. It could be easy for us to assume that since creation is dark and distant from God, that it is a reflection of God. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. God created all things good, but because of sin and compromise, all that God made became tainted with death and decay. God is Holy and doesn’t change, but is rather at work now to redeem what is fallen. 5) And lastly, we need to know that at the end of life in this age, there will be no conflict between God and science. Today, much of science works to disprove God, but when all things on earth are said and done, what God has said in His Bible wont disagree with true science. God is very logical in what He does, and that’s exactly what science is.
Understanding that an intelligent Person created not only everything we see but also our physical bodies gives us purpose and meaning. When we fail to see that everything has been created on purpose, by a Person, we also fail to see the purpose of our lives. Without a Creator we are left to figure out our lives on our own, separated from the God of creation. This means that there is nothing to do with our pain, hardship, joy and hope for life beyond or time on planet earth. The goal of Christianity is to become connected with Creator God, for the purpose of loving Him and loving others while enjoying all things that God has created. God is a powerful Creator, and is very personal in what He creates, so don’t be disconnected from the One who made you and gave you purpose. Turn towards Him today.