The 3 creations to a glorious eternity

God reveals Himself in the Bible as Creator.  In this blog we want to discuss the remarkable logic of God’s 3 creation events.

# The first creation event, Genesis 1

  • The first creation is a ‘prototype’ (a preliminary stage or event) that God spoke into existence in six days.  It is the natural universe we live in, but God warns that it is temporary.  It exists only to give each person time to accept or reject God’s invitation to be part of His Family.
  • 2 Peter 3:10-13 explains the demise of this present universe.  ‘[T]he day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare….   That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat….’

# The second creation event, the Cross 

    • On the cross Jesus paid the penalty for sin.  Those who accept it, become part of God’s Family, the Bride of Christ.  Jesus is the Bridegroom.1  We read, ‘The bride belongs to the bridegroom’ 2 (to differentiate, we use capital letters: Jesus, the Bridegroom and the Bride of Christ).
    • We see an analogy to this when God created a bride, Eve, for the bridegroom Adam.  Just as Eve was created out of Adam’s side, the Bride was ‘created’ out of Jesus’ pierced side.

# The third creation event, Revelation 21:1

After God’s big bang [the massive fire which will destroy the present heavens and earth], He creates a new heaven and earth:

    • ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.’ 3
    • ‘Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.’
    • ‘…the new heavens and the new earth that I will make…’ 5

The final act

  • Finally the great wedding will come, ‘Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready….’
  • The Family: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, the Bride and the holy angels will all live together on the new earth.
  • Everything will be bright and shining in the glorious light of the Lord.  Eternally!

Conclusion

The Bible is a ’Creation’ book.  Our Creator God created the first heaven and earth.  Then He ‘created’ the Cross which led to the creation of the Bride, the Church.  Then comes the creation of the new heaven and earth where the redeemed, the Bride of Christ, will live eternally with the Bridegroom.

References

  1. Matthew 9:15
  2. John 3:29
  3. Revelation 21:1
  4. Isaiah 65:17a
  5. Isaiah 66:22a
  6. Revelation 19:6-7

The most controversial sentence ever written

The first verse in the Bible is a short and powerful sentence:

‘In the beginning God [Elohim, the plural form of God] created the heavens and the earth.’  Genesis 1:1

Scripture is the link between the invisible and the visible, between the supernatural and the natural.  This first verse explains it: an invisible powerful God created the heavens and the earth.  We know about it because we have the truthful Word of God.  This means that the Holy Bible, the Word of God, is man’s precious revelation from an Extraterrestrial God about Him and why He created the universe.

What do we deduct from this very first verse?

(Do not forget that we are privileged to have the rest of the Bible’s 66 books to fill in the gaps of the short creation account.)

We know from history that this verse has generated the most heat ever in families, societies, countries, and the world at large.  Why?  Its claims sound a bit like science fiction.  Could there be a real God who created the universe in six 24-hour days?  All of it?  No wonder it is often regarded as ‘myth.’

God is not alone in the creation business.

Actually, He was not alone all along since He is eternal.  He was never created.  As said, the word for God in Genesis 1:1 is plural.  We meet the Holy Spirit in verse 2, ‘…and the Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters.’  In addition the New Testament gives more information about the third person involved in the creation: Jesus. 1

Time began with creation.

Before that, there was no time.  It is logical, since the sun and moon function as time keepers.  Also, there was besides the Trinity, nothing else.  No space, no matter.  Hebrews 11:3 tells us, ‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.’ 

It introduces God’s creative abilities.

This first verse in Genesis that introduces God’s creative abilities, is proof that the Holy Spirit inspired Scripture.  Moses (regarded as the writer of the Pentateuch) grew up in Pharaoh’s court in Egypt.  The Israelite slaves spent many years building store cities, pyramids, monuments, et cetera.  Moses understood very well that construction takes time.  So creation of the physical universe in six days does sound a bit far fetched.  Yet he wrote inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The first creation prepares us for another creation.

‘Behold, I will create a new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.’ 2   This first creation is just a prototype.  The real thing is coming.  It will be preceded by a massive fire such as the world has never seen.  It will destroy every element of the natural universe, ‘…The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare….  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.’ 3   Then God will create the ‘final’ one.  The new heavens and earth will be supernatural and eternal.  Therefore there will be no need for the elements that make up our present natural universe.  The coming miracles are a ‘fact.’  We don’t need to doubt it.

  • Countless billions of people will be resurrected.  ‘Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.’4  Only the God that Genesis 1:1 introduces, has the ability to do that.  It calls for a powerful Lord to first create the universe from nothing, then destroy it by fire and again make something completely new.
  • The new heaven and earth will be made of something we don’t know.  It will not consist of atoms, molecules, et cetera.  It will be ‘God stuff.’  Revelation 21 does talk of gold, precious stones, the street of gold, the water of the river of life and the tree of life.  Yet they will be eternal and never wear out.
  • Jesus’ resurrected body is flesh and bones (no blood) and already exists for 2,000 years.  Does He have DNA?  Nobody knows.  1 John 3 tells us that we will be like Him.
  • The world pokes fun at the ‘pie in the sky’ we expect.  Yet the pie in the sky will be the New Jerusalem.  It will descend out of heaven.  The throne of the Father and the Son will be in the New Jerusalem and billions of resurrected saints, together with the holy angels, will serve God.
  • What a wonderful future waits for God’s loyal, faithful followers.  And where did this wonderful adventure or journey begin?  With Genesis 1:1,  ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  Glory, glory to our King, is all we can exclaim!

Conclusion

It is important to know that Genesis 1:1 is true.  Scripture hangs on it, God’s reputation rests on it, and the hope of billions of Jesus’ followers are based on it.

PS!

Who created God?

To answer it, we rely on Scripture.

It tells us that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit existed eternally.

We know that everything that was created has to have a cause.

God is uncreated, so He has no cause, nobody created Him.

The universe came into existence, so it has a cause.  The cause is God.

References

  1. John 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16; and Hebrews 1:2
  2. Isaiah 65:17
  3. 2 Peter 3:10,12
  4. Daniel 12:2

Why Genesis 1 leads to big benefits

Scripture clearly outlines a chain of events that are dependent on God as the Creator of the heavens and the earth in 6 days.  It is only because God is the all-powerful Creator that He could steer history towards the big benefits He promised, in the following way:

Creation, Fall and Promise of Restoration

  • God created the garden of Eden.  He put Adam and his wife there and allowed the serpent, the devil, to test their loyalty and love for God.
  • Adam failed and both he and his wife, Eve, were expelled from the Garden so that they would not live forever in their fallen state.
  • At the same time, the omnipotent Creator promised a Saviour to restore them, ‘…He [the coming Messiah] will crush the head [of that ancient serpent, called the devil, or Satan].’ 1  The work of the Messiah would be to bring anyone who desires it, back to Eden.  Eden is a type of the heavenly Kingdom.  By the work of the promised Messiah people will once again have the blessed relationship with the Father and walk and talk with Him as they did in the garden.

The all-powerful Creator steered history to accomplish the goal of Genesis 3:15.

  • God called Abraham (to be the father of the eventual Jewish nation) and promised him that he will be a blessing to the whole world (it happened through his offspring, Jesus). 2
  • God promised king David that He will establish one of his offspring to rule eternally (it would be Jesus). 3

The momentous event to fulfil Genesis 3:15 arrived.

  • The angel Gabriel went to Nazareth and announced to a virgin called Mary, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; His Kingdom will never end.’ 4
  • Only because God is the Creator, could the angel tell Mary, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.’ 5
  • Through the ages people scoffed at the idea of a virginal conception.  They forget that the Most High showed His omnipotence in the six days creation of the universe.

The resurrection

  • The resurrection of Jesus was only possible because God is the omnipotent Creator of Genesis 1.
  • There was a titanic clash between God and the ancient serpent to prevent the resurrection of Jesus, but Scripture shows God’s superior strength, ‘That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.’ 6

The arrival of the Holy Spirit empowers believers

  • John the Baptist promised, ‘He [Jesus] will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.’ 7   The authority God the Father gave to God the Son, Jesus, after His accession, is the reason we can be baptised with God the Holy Spirit.  He enables us to learn to live in victory over the serpent’s lies and accusations.

Jesus’ omnipotence as Creator and Saviour finishes God’s plan. 

  • Jesus not only forgives our sins when we repent.  The New Testament tells us of His omnipotence as Creator. 8
  • The book of Revelation shows how Jesus wraps up this present creation on our behalf.  It begins with a magnificent scene in Revelation 5.  A mighty angel asks in a loud voice, ‘who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’   The scroll sets the end of this creation in motion and therefore represents our future inheritance, the new heavens and earth.
  • Apparently there is nobody worthy to open the scroll.  The tragedy of it struck the disciple John and he cried his heart out.  Then, “…one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.  He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’ 9

The promise of Genesis 3:15 is finally fulfilled.

  • In Revelation 6-8 Jesus opens the seals, the trumpets and the bowls that are necessary to establish God’s Kingdom on earth.  Only then can the glorious New heavens and earth, the New Jerusalem, the Bridegroom and the Bride’s banquet, and the eternal reign of peace, finally come.  At last Satan is completely crushed and banished to the lake of burning sulphur where he will be tortured for ever.
  • Just imagine this glorious scene!  ‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb….  The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants [we, the faithful followers of Jesus, resurrected and renewed] will serve Him.  They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 10 

Conclusion

All this is only possible because the message from Genesis 1 rings loud and clear: God is powerful, He promises (speaks) and He fulfils.  Cut Genesis 1 out of the Bible, and you lose the rest of the revelation of Scripture.  Without God, the Omnipotent Creator, there is no power to do what needs to be done.  Only God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit who were all involved in the six days creation event, have the power to see that what God promised, will come to pass.

References

  1. Genesis 3:15, Revelation 12:9
  2. Genesis 12:2-3
  3. 2 Samuel 7:12-16
  4. Luke 1:30-33
  5. Luke 1:35
  6. Ephesians 1:19-21
  7. Luke 3:16
  8. John 1:1; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2
  9. Revelation 5:5
  10. Revelation 22:1,3,4