Genesis Chapter 1: God – The “Who” of Creation

Who is God?

The Who of creation “In the beginning God”

This one verse tells us something about God. This standard Hebrew term that is translated as ‘God” stands for deity “Eliohim” is in the plural form. The plural of majesty or intensity, which means “the fullness of deity” or “God very God”

The verb “created” is singular which refers to a plural God head acting out a singular verb. This gives us the first ever glimpse of the God head.

A) The existence of God

God is. He exists. He has and He will always exist. There is not a beginning or end with God. The fact that anything is here is evidence that He exists. Moses, the writer of Genesis never argues the point. It was never open for debate.

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

Observe 2. The author and cause of this great work, God. The Hebrew word is Elohim; which (1.) seems to mean The Covenant God, being derived from a word that signifies to swear. (2.) The plurality of persons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

B) The existence of one God

As we read this book we must remember that it was written to an original audience for a very specific purpose. Moses was writing to the Israelites in the wilderness. They had lived their lives as slaves in Egypt and they had been exposed to the pagan gods of the land. They would have almost assuredly been exposed to the Egyptian creation myths through the many false deities that reigned there. They would have also not known as much about God because it would have seemed to them that God had left them there for those 400 or so years. This is probably why Moses was raised in the palace of Egypt under pharaoh so he would have a very good knowledge of Egyptian customs and the many gods they worshipped.

This chapter in itself must have been written to correct the worldly thinking to which the children of Israel had been exposed. It clearly sets out to show that the world was not made by some random council of deities but by one single supreme loving God.

C) The pre-existence of God

He not only existed at the creation. He pre-existed at the creation. Before time was there was only God. He was not the result of creation He was the source of creation.

John 1:1-2

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.

Before the earth God already was. Before the earth The spirit of God was.

Before the earth Jesus Christ was. This is stated clearly here in three statements:

1. The Word (Christ) pre existed

2. The Word (Christ) pre existed with God.

3. The Word (Christ) pre existed as God.

He is He was and He will always be.

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

D) The purpose of God

God is not some mystical foreign force.

He is personal. He thinks, He feels, He acts.


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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