February 4, 2018
In the beginning God. First of all, God created the heavens and the earth from no preexisting material. He spoke all materials into being. His sole Presence at the beginning is necessary for production. If you take his Presence out of this passage then there is still nothing and I am not writing anything on my computer. Because nothing exists without Him. John B Phillips adequately remarks about the authenticity of God’s claim as Creator when he said, “If the Holy Spirit cannot be trusted when He tells of creation, how can He be trusted when He tells of salvation? If what He says about earth in Genesis 1 can be questioned, then what He says about heaven in Revelation 22 can be questioned. If the Holy Spirit cannot be trusted in Genesis 1, how can He be trusted in John 3:16?”
God created the heavens and the earth. Not overly descriptive but poignantly accurate. The atheist is infuriated by this text because it assertively announces God’s existence. The polytheist is left speechless with countless wasted deities as the Bible affirmatively reveals a Lone Deity as the reason for all existence. The One who had no beginning gave everything a beginning. His sole preeminence leaves all others beggars.
Notice plurality of heavens and the singularity of earth. Think about it. There are endless stars, galaxies, formations of suns and immeasurable numbers of planets spinning out there in space. And then there is earth. One place in such a vast expanse of materials and mysteries. What would be formed in the earth would be a spiritual reflective of what God would eventually desire to form in the church. The God who formed the earth as we know it out of darkness also forms the believer in that we are “called out of darkness into marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9) A Universe born was called out of darkness and a church born was called out of darkness. There is no waste in the Word. No void in the blood of the Lamb. No desolation in Grace. A single purpose is seen from the beginning. Listen now…