Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet God, the Eternal Creator

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

The Bible contains over 783,000 words, has 1189 chapters, making up 66 books that were written by 40 authors over a period of 1500 years. What or Who is the featured Person of the Bible? God the Creator, Redeemer and King. Genesis 1:1 sets the tone for the Bible in revealing to us God's power, creativity, intelligence and glory. Notice the following thoughts from Genesis 1:1 -

1. One God. 

We see this spelled out in the singular title "God". Not many gods, but One God. This is the most fundamental assertion of scripture, that there is only One God and no other. (Isaiah 43:10-11) God's name in the Hebrew of this verse comes from a root meaning "Mighty One". Further study reveals that the name translated "God" is what we can refer to as a "plural of majesty", meaning that God is majestic and most glorious, worthy of worship. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) This Singular God exists as Three Persons: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 2; Proverbs 30:4; John 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

In the New Testament, Jesus Himself, God in human flesh, stated that loving the Lord God is the greatest of all the commandments. (Mark 12:30). Salvation is defined as believing in the One God and His Son Whom He sent to be a man who lived, died and raised from the dead. (John 5:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

2. This One God is Eternal. 

When you see that phrase "in the beginning", the verses is indicating what God created first - time. He is the Lord of time, which means that He is eternal. God is described in the scriptures as inhabiting eternity and having no beginning nor ending. (Isaiah 43:13; 57:15) 

3. This One Eternal God created time, space and matter, and is thus the Eternal Creator. 

Notice what Genesis 1:1 says next: "created the heavens and the earth." Space and matter round out this most basic description of the visible universe. God "created", meaning He made the visible Heavens and earth out of nothing. The fact that He stretched out the heavens is recorded nearly 20 times in the scriptures and describes quite accurately what is the observable, ever expanding universe. (see Psalm 33) 

The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 explains the above truth of Genesis 1:1 in the following way in its article on "God":

"There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe."

Closing thoughts:
We aimed today to meet God in Genesis 1:1. In surveying the passage and discovered its rich truths, we can offer the following summary: The One Eternal God is the Creator God. To God be the glory!

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