A Few Thoughts on God and Creation

What does the Bible say about creation?

1. God created the universe out of nothing.

  • Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Hebrew Bara – translated “created” means “creation from nothing” (Latin ex nihilo – “out of nothing”)

2. God created the universe by the power of his word. 

  • Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26 – “And God said” and “Let there be” or “Let the. . .”
  • Hebrews 11:3 – “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
  • Psalm 33:6, 9 – “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. . . For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”
  • Psalm 148:5 – “Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.”

3. God created the universe to show his glory. 

  • Psalm 19:1 – “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
  • Revelation 4:11 – ““Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
  • Jeremiah 10:12 – “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.”

Take Away: God created the universe out of nothing by the power of his word to show his glory.

What does creation reveal about God? 

God is the only God. God is Trinitarian. God is eternally uncaused. God is living. God is independent. God is transcendent. God is immanent. God is personal. God is powerful. God is beautiful. God is holy. God is a prophet. God is gracious. God is a sovereign king.

Transcendent – majestic and holy, far greater than his creatures.

  • Ps. 113:4 – “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?”

Immanent – near and present, fully involved with his creatures.

  • Acts 17:27–28 – “Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.”

Take Away: Creation is distinct from God, yet always dependent on God.

How did God describe creation after he created it? 

  • Genesis 1:31 – “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
  • 1 Timothy 4:4 – “For everything created by God is good. . .”

Take Away: The universe God created was very good.

Some Major Take Aways on the Doctrine of Creation

1. God created the universe out of nothing by the power of his word to show his glory.

2. Creation is distinct from God, yet always dependent on God.

3. The universe God created was very good.

Above are a blend of notes from Driscoll and Breshears’ Doctrine and Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. All scripture references are from the ESV.  Obviously much more could and should be said about God and creation, but I found these thoughts helpful and I pray they draw you closer to the Creator.

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About Daniel Ray
My wife and I live in Waxhaw, NC. Currently, I am a Sales Manager for a flooring company in Charlotte and also a distance student at UNCG. When I have time I like to hear live music, play golf, run, read good books, hike and ride my mountain bike. My wife and I are sinners saved by grace, trying to walk it out in grace.

One Response to A Few Thoughts on God and Creation

  1. I love this article! Thank you for posting it. I’m just about to teach a class of High School Seniors about God’s general revelation and this is a wonderful reflection upon the message of Creation about the Creator. It’s funny how no matter how many times you study this subject there’s always more to learn!

    Recently I was struck by the fact that Creation reveals a certain fierceness to God that honestly I’d often rather avoid thinking about… the same God that made the delicate and beautiful butterfly, also made the great white shark whose razor sharp teeth rip apart the seal, the grizzly bear that can eviscerate a bull elk with one swipe of its claws, and the Nile crocodile that bites the head off the antelope as it stoops down to get a drink. There is a frightening and terrifying side to Creation that inspires me to awe by the sheer ferociousness of it. “Natural” scenes like these make me uncomfortable, make me wonder “what kind of God is this?”

    Some would chalk these scenes up to the the brokenness of the fallen creation, and surely they would be correct in one sense, for: “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed…We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

    But I think that these terrifying scenes reveal not only the brokenness of the creation, but more so, they reveal deep and important truths about who God is.

    Firstly: That God is awesome. No, I mean frighteningly and terrifyingly awesome! Have you ever been nose to nose with a 400 pound gorilla? Have you ever been swimming with a killer whale? What about stood next to an African elephant? What if you could stand next to the extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex? Shoot, have you ever even seen the ocean? What about heavenly bodies – like stars, black holes, galaxies! God made these creatures. God is not your buddy. He is not your co-pilot. He is Almighty God, Majestic in Glory.

    Secondly: That God is just.The brokenness of the natural world demonstrates God’s inviolable justice. In the beginning the universe was in perfect balance, and harmony. The Spirit of God hoovered over the creation like a mother bird hovers over her nest. He maintained the righteousness, peace and joy of it all. He maintained a special union with it. He is the Beautifier and Perfector. He said to Adam, “In the day you eat of it, you [and since he was the head, all of creation] shall die.” And when the Holy Spirit removed the special union we [and creation] had with God, spiritually we all did die; but also the process of physical death entered into the entire creation. The fall literally threw a wrench in that engine (the Curse) and so animals, plants and men shifted into survival mode: literally kill or be killed. That’s because God’s universe operates according to unchangeable laws like: “gravity” and “it takes protein to stay alive.” When ecological imbalance leads to food scarcity, alternative food sources must be utilized. He is a terrible judge, not terrible because Creation became His enemy (which it did in fact, but He loves His enemies) but terrible because His justice is exacting, His laws are inflexible, perfect, and His demands are absolute, His wisdom is inscrutable, His ways past finding out!

    Thirdly: God is merciful. If I were God, when I saw the first lamb eaten by a Lion, or the first man killed, I probably would have crumpled the universe up and thrown it in the trash can and started over. Thankfully though I am not! In display of His infinite Wisdom, our Majestic God decided (according to His plan) to redeem this fallen creation; and in the process to reveal Himself as the Faithful One – the God who keeps His Holy Word at all costs to creation and ultimately to Himself. He loved His enemy. His plan was in love to recreate this rebel creation, and to make all things new, restoring justice, balance, and harmony from the smallest amoeba to the greatest Blue Whale – and nothing in all of Creation can resist His will and power.

    Fourthly: Christ is awesome! To think that when Christ died, he wasn’t just dying for a few million (billion?) humans; no He was in Himself reconciling all creation to God, and existing as their new head of creation. What a blessed security that provides me! I don’t have to worry about the head of the creation fumbling the ball – He is God! Perfect in all His ways. God is in control, and its going to be all right, no matter what happens.

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