The Bible is written for the inhabitants of earth.
As we begin to read the Genesis account of creation we can note that it is from an earthly perspective.
It is written from the point of view of one who is standing on earth looking up.
We read about sunrise, sunsets, seasons, years, interstellar orbits and rotating planets.
Only thing specifically concerning man were placed in the Bible. God’s Word is not a book about angels, demons, or Satan, though they have a passing reference only as they interact with God’s dealings toward man.
This is not a book about geography, biology, archeology, or astronomy. It is a book about God’s grace to fallen man.
This book is not inferior to man or his science.
It is God’s Word! The very mind of Christ!
It is completely without error.
Doctrinal purposes for God’s creation
1. The sovereignty of God
God’s creation of the natural world was according to His own will and ordained for His purpose.
Gen 1:5 – The naming of the elements of creation shows His sovereignty. naming something in the Middle East was a mark of power or lordship. Names were not merely labels but descriptions with some force to them
2. The omnipotence of God
“Bara” (created) This shows God’s will and shows Him to be the only Creator of the universe.
3. The purpose for creation
The purpose for creation was to have fellowship with man. Christ was the means by which creation was formed and by which it is held together(Col 1:15-18)
4. The providence of God
This illustrates the character of God by His ongoing care and concern for creation.
Theories of creation.
1. Supernatural vs. evolutionary.
The super naturalist says the creation occurred in a way that is completely foreign to anything we might see today.
Genesis 1:31-2:4 indicate that God completed His creative work.
There are also those Christians who believe that God may have acted through evolutionary means to bring about creation. While it is true that God often works through what we think of as a “natural process” man was never a part of this kind of process. Man was created. He did not flop out of some scum filled water hole to develop into what he is today. The very fact of the evolutionist argument should show its fallacy. For example, if it is true that man eventually evolved from a monkey, then why are there not naked people who have evolved wandering out of some jungle somewhere fully evolved. For that matter why have we not found people who are partially evolved. A friend of mine from the Dominican Republic told me that at a young age someone told him that monkeys were created by the devil. Although untrue, because Satan could never create, only manipulate, this theory of evolution is straight from his lips.
An appearance of history
The description we have of God’s creative work seems to imply a creation with an appearance of age. This is really seen in the creation of man. On the day that Adam was created, he was one day old, but scripture seems to define him as a full grown man rather than a baby. The implication is that he was created with an appearance of age. The same is seen in animals and plant life. we are told that God created trees yielding fruit that had with hem the seeds for reproduction. This obviously answers the age old question of “who came first?” and in this sense the answer is the chicken came first. The Biblical answer would be that God created egg laying chickens who looked and acted like those who had been hatched and grown to adulthood.
2. A conclusion
There is only one God and that is the God who created us. He is the God of every man even if every man refuses to acknowledge it.
We should also realize that He is currently involved with His creation. We see this especially in the picture of His Spirit given to all His children on conversion. Our great God having one planet, in all this vast galaxies, and star systems full of stars and dead planets (which I feel are another example of His love for man) God is concerned with this one little blue planet and what happens on it. We have all heard the theories: That if the earth was one or two degrees off its axis we would float into space. The fact that this planet just happened to be the right mixture for man and plant life. That this planet just happened to be the right distance from the sun. Look at all the other planets around us, they scream at us the wondrous works of our loving Father.
Yes there was a big bang. God said it and bang it was.
God created everything. It is never questioned. It is never debated by Moses.
Like the earth, we were once in darkness. We were once without form or void, without God in our lives and without hope.
God sent His Son to be the Light of the world
This Light saves from the darkness
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.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Joh 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
Joh 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Joh 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Joh 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
Joh 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
This Light delivers from the darkness
Psa 107:10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
Psa 107:11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
Psa 107:12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
Psa 107:13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Psa 107:15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
Isa 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
This Light condemns
We were once in that darkness. Without hope (void) The unsaved man can’t comprehend this Light. The unsaaved man wants no part of this Light
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
because the unsaved man has been blinded
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
This Light exposes the darkness
God divided the light from the darkness. We are called to keep ourselves seperated from the darkness. We can’t leave the world but we can keep the world out of us.
1Jo 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1Jo 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
We are also called to walk in the Light
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
This Light calls His chosen
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
The Spirit of God hovers over us like a mother hen, waiting for us. He will not force Himself upon us
Jesus Christ came to die for us. He died for all but not all will accept Him.