Genesis 1v1 The Gospel In Creation
By Ken Humphries
The opening chapter of the Bible stands diametrically opposed to various human philosophies. In regard to these human theories the believer takes his stand, not on the shifting sand of human opinion but on the bedrock of the Bible.
Chapter one opposes ATHESIM: “In the beginning God”
Chapter one opposes POLYTHEISM: “In the beginning God” One God!
Chapter one opposes Pantheism: “In the beginning God Created the heaven and the earth” That separates God from matter!
Chapter one opposes Materialism: “Let us make man in our image”
Man is like God, possessed of a spiritual nature!
Chapter one opposes Evolution: “After his kind” The expression occurs twelve times, it locks each kind into its own category.
Chapter one opposes Naturalism: “In the beginning God created” matter is not eternal, nor is man a machine.
Chapter one opposes Nihilism: God created, God said, God blessed. Man is much more than a machine, determined or capricious, operating in a meaningless closed system.
Chapter one opposes Existentialism: Meaning life is purposeless and miserable. “And God said” (ten times) “And God saw” (seven times) “The evening and morning were” (six times) “And it was so” There is an historical basis for faith; the Bible does deal with concrete facts!
Now it is important that we understand this text and more to the point, that we believe it. Because if the Holy Spirit cannot be trusted in Genesis Ch. 1 about the story of creation, how can we trust Him about the story of Salvation? If we cannot trust the Holy Spirit when He speaks about earth in Genesis Ch. 1 how can we believe what He says about heaven in Revelation Ch. 22. If the Holy Spirit cannot be trusted in Genesis Ch. 1 how can we trust Him in John 3v16?
Now there are four thoughts that should occupy us seriously just here!
1. He Is The God Who Is Presented!
Why do I use the word presented? Because the fact of God is not argued here, the fact of God is not explained here, God is presented as a fact of truth. “In the beginning God” No philosophising, No argument, no explaining, it’s a profound fact and needs believing, the Bible writers never try to prove the existence of God, they simply present the truth that has stood the test of all history, all humans, all heaven and all hell, a truth that stands forever sure.
Sometimes it’s levelled at Christians, Oh you just believe by faith that there is a God! Do you know what? That’s absolutely correct, but by the same token, the unbeliever accepts by faith that there is no God, you see he cannot be omnipresent so he must accept by faith that there is no God, he has never proven there is no God. Teach this dear people, all men and women are believers, I choose to believe in God, the so called atheist chooses not to believe in God!
When the God in whom I believe says He made creation out of nothing I believe Him, when the God in whom I believe says he spoke and it happened, I believe Him. When that same God says he made redemption out of the death of his lovely Son, Jesus Christ, I believe him.
One day Jesus of Nazareth hung on an old rugged cross, friendless, forsaken and alone and died an ignominious, shameful, cruel violent death, a death reserved for rebels, slaves and criminals and a few days later He was worshiped and praised enthusiastically by thousands as the Son of God, something must have happened in between, it did! Jesus rose from the dead and appeared unto many causing many thousands to believe what He had said was true and came true. To believe in God and more than that, to believe Jesus is God’s Son because He has the words of eternal life, they could believe in Him for eternity.
One day the disciples were huddled in fear of their lives in an upper room with doors and windows barred, a short time later they were out in the streets preaching the good news of the gospel, preaching that Jesus was God and that he was crucified for their sins and through Him they could know forgiveness of sin and they could have eternal life, something must have happened in between, it did! Jesus rose from the dead emphasising that indeed He was the way, the truth and the life and that no man could come unto the Father but by Him! This is the greatest news this world has ever heard, you either believe it or you don’t, it won’t be forced upon you but it’s a truth you need to think on and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. You will be saved only through the Lord Jesus Christ or not at all.
“That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10v9).
A. This Is The Basic Assumption Of The Gospel:
(1) This Is A Proven Truth: “God has raised him from the dead”
Its historical, it’s factual, it’s honest, it’s dependable, it’s worthy of our trust.
(2) This Has To be A Personal Trust: “Believe in your heart”
No One can do it for you; it must be your own personal acceptance of Christ.
(3) This Has To Be A Public Testimony: “Confess with your mouth”
Confession confirms your reality.
B. This Is The Blessed Assurance of The Gospel:
You will be saved: That’s Gods way. “I am the way” said Jesus.
You will be sure: That’s Gods Truth. “I am the truth” said Jesus.
You will be satisfied: That’s Gods Life. “I am the life” said Jesus.
One day the Lord Jesus Christ hung on an old rugged cross friendless, forsaken by all, yet within a short period of time there were churches all over the Roman Empire gathering regularly to worship the one who had been crucified, what made the difference? Belief of the truth! Confession of His name!
“But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him” (John 4v23).
The Father seeks to commune with you in worship. He is not looking for your money, your glory, or your strength. He is looking for your heart.
C. S. Lewis said, “It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men.” If you are not worshiping God, but you are serving Him (or so you think), you are making a big mistake. To pray without worship is mockery. To sing without worship is sounding brass. To work without worship is an insult to God. To teach without worship is ignorance. To serve without worship is hypocrisy. To witness without worship is perjury. God wants your worship. Begin the next seven days by reading Psalm 95 through 101. The first day, read Psalm 95 and finish with Psalm 101 on the seventh day.
2. He Is The God Who Is powerful! In the beginning God created:
Now its interesting, the word for created here in the Hebrew is the word “bara” its used only about fifty times in the Bible, and do you know, it always speaks of something only God can do, that is to make something out of nothing. No man can create, only God can do that!
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made out of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11v3). You see, anything we make, we make out of something else, but when we understand by faith that the worlds were framed then we are taking God at His Word and can believe all else He says.
I mean, what a mighty and powerful God we have!
So long as the church pretends or assumes to preach absolute values, but actually preaches relative and secondary values, it will merely hasten the process of disintegration. We are asked to turn to the church for our enlightenment, but when we do so we find that the voice of the church is not inspired. The voice of the church today, we find, is the echo of our own voices. When we consult the church we hear only what we ourselves have said. There is only one way out of the spiral, and the way out is the sound of a voice, not our voice, but a voice coming from something beyond ourselves, in the existence of which we cannot disbelieve. It is the duty of the pastors to hear this voice, to cause us to hear it, and to tell us what it says. Fortune Magazine, January 1940.
The voice of God is a friendly voice. No one needs fear to listen to it unless he has already made up his mind to resist it. A. W. Tozer.
There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us well nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not always hear because of the noise, hurry, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on. Frederick William Faber.
God made it all, it’s His wonderful power at work and there it stands in all its naked force as a testimony to the keeping power of our God, it is God who keeps the stars in place, it is He who keeps this world spinning on its axes, and we need to let the world know about this wonderful and powerful power.
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1v5).
One preacher said, “God stepped out from behind the curtain of nowhere and stood on the platform of nothing and made everything by His Word”.
You see when we believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, it is that same Jesus Christ who keeps us by His mighty power and we need to let the world see and know that power working through us.
What has happened?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, (or creation) old things pass away; all things become new” (2 Corinthians 5v17).
“New lamps for old,” you will remember was the cry of the old schemer who wanted to get his hands on Aladdin’s wonderful lamp. The old Arabian story tells how Aladdin discovered a battered old lamp that, upon being rubbed, produced a genie of great power and of complete subservience to the owner of the lamp. With the genie’s aid Aladdin became very rich and powerful and married the most beautiful princess in the land. Aladdin’s wife did not know the secret of the lamp, so when she heard the cry, ‘new lamps for old’ she gladly exchanged the old lamp because to her it was most unsightly.
“New lives for old!” is what God offers to all who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, who is the only way back to God from the dark paths of sin. Only with God it’s not a con game, it’s a thrilling and blessed reality. With this new life comes not a genie, but the Holy Spirit of God to make all things possible to those who believe. New live is the very essence of the Gospel for God does not patch up the old, he transforms and makes completely new.
The text in 2 Corinthians gives us two very powerful insights into what actually happens at New Birth.
A. A Tremendous Change Wrought In A Person By Christ!
1. His New Position: In Christ!
2. His New Personality: A New Creature!
3. His New Potential: All Things…New!
B. A Tremendous Challenge Brought To A Person By Christ!
If: Therefore if any man be in Christ!
You see, there’s the rub, if any man be in Christ he/she will display the
Characteristics of Christ (The word man there is used in the generic sense, meaning man or woman) There is a miracle takes place from the inside out.
You cannot but see and hear the absolute transformation which comes.
You may well say, I know some so called Christians who do and say things to their own I would not do to a dog, still you want me to believe there has been a change. No dear friend, I would have to say to you very clearly, if there is no change there is no Salvation!
Whatever you may have seen and heard from others, remember it’s the fake, it’s the hypocrite who proves the real thing, and you cannot have a counterfeit unless you have the real thing. I tell you what though, why don’t you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and show us how true Christianity should be lived; a breath of fresh air is always helpful.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity;
O thou Spirit Devine, all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
3. He Is The God Who Is Purposeful! “Created the Heaven and the Earth”
There is a reason God made our world and the universe. There is!
A. He Made It For His Pleasure: Revelation 4v11:
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
No doubt we often praise God for our precious Salvation, I believe I am correct in saying we seldom ourselves or hear others praise Him for creating us, yet in Heaven we will surly know the joy of having been created as we have never sensed or known here on planet earth. There are no songs of evolution in Heaven, only songs about creation; our Lord Jesus Christ is the origin and source of all creation. “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1v3). It is our blessed Saviour, who causes all things and all creatures to exist, is this not the reason the elders bow down and worship Him, they acknowledge God as the source and sustainer of the universe and indeed of all life. These were the amazing scenes John witnessed in Heaven, our dear Lord Jesus Christ is worshiped as the creator of the earth upon which He will soon pour out His divine judgement, His enemies have raged against Him but He will stand on that day triumphant as the one who is to be worshiped by all.
B. He Made It For His Praise: Romans 11v36:
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.”
What exactly does that mean? Well, it means as the Psalmist said “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord, praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150v6).
Everything that was created was made to praise the Lord; humankind was made to praise and worship the Lord. God made the fish to swim in the water, God made the birds to fly in the air, God made man to praise His holy name. Take a fish out of water and a bird out of the air they are no longer in their natural habitat for which they were created, when redeemed man moves out of his walk with God He is no longer able to praise and worship as he was saved to do.
A. W. Tozer said: A real Christian is an odd number, anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge. Praise the Lord!
C. He Made It For His People:
“God Giveth us richly all things to enjoy” 1 Timothy 6v17:
You see, when God made something He would step back and say, that’s good or that’s very good, when He saw man and saw he was alone He said, that’s not good, so He made man a mate, you see its God’s plan that mans good is uppermost in His mind and on His heart. When all was done and dusted, He gave the whole earth over to man and gave Him dominion over it all that He may enjoy it richly. What does Satan do? He wants us to think negatively about God, he wants people to think that God is not a good God and is some kind of kill-joy. Dear people, let me tell you with all the unction and function of my being, God has your best interest and mine at heart, yes God made all things for His Glory and for our good.
“No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84v11).
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labours increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercies,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limit; His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
4. He Is The God Who Is Personal! “Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest” (Matthew 11v28).