I’m starting a Bible study on the book of Genesis, so I’m going to post some thoughts as I make my way through the book.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
First, there was a beginning to everything. Scientists are still debating this, although it appears that most are leaning toward there being a beginning. Regardless, the One who was there provides a detailed record of what happened. There was a beginning. Continue reading
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
I thought it would be good to start off the beginning New Year with a verse on the beginning. This foundational verse reveals much to us about our world and God.
First, God exists. The Bible does not try to prove God’s existence, but rather assumes His existence as evidenced by His creation (Psalm 19:1) and revelation of Himself (Colossians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16).
Second, God existed before the universe was created. He was there before the beginning. He is eternal in His very nature and is separate from His creation (transcendent).
Third, God created all that exists, including the celestial bodies and life on Earth. As is shown in the remainder of Genesis 1, macro-evolution is untrue. God created the different kinds of living creatures; they did not evolve from lower forms of life. The biological processes which are observed today are those which were there in the beginning. Living creatures reproduce after their own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25).
Fourth, there was a beginning. God set everything in order. Although mankind chose sin rather than obedience, God had a plan of salvation through Jesus Christ to deliver us from our sin and renew all things to their original perfection.
Romans 8:21-25 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
This is the ending that God has in store for us started with His beginning in Genesis 1:1.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In John’s writings, he often refers to Jesus Christ as “the Word”. Jesus is the living Word of God. He is the only Person Who lived up to the standards of God’s Word while on the Earth. When He spoke, people heard the Word of God. For these reasons and more, Jesus is truly “the Word”. Continue reading