We have been covering the key verses in a chapter and all that is reveals. In Part 1 we looked at three small words from Gen.1:1 "IN BEGINNING, GOD." Then in Part 2 we looked at another key word in Gen.1:1 "CREATED."
In continuing investigation of the word CREATION, I want to show that there were only three acts of creation instead of the six days of creation that we have been taught in Sunday School or from a Church service. We saw in Part 2 that the word for CREATION is not the same as the word for MAKE. To make is to form out of pre-existing material and to create is to bring forth something from nothing. In Gen.1:1 was the first act of CREATION.
Genesis 1:1 ESV In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Before getting into the creation of time, space, and matter I would like to share sometime else about the word "God" in Gen.1:1. This is because of the questions coming from those with an unbelieving heart. Questions like, "Where did God come from?"
In Part 1, I shared that the word for God in this verse is ELOHIM, and means The All Powerful One, or the Almighty One. It is important to know that the name ELOHIM is singular in Person but plurality in Godhead. In other words there is only ONE God and He is seen and manifested as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All of this is wrapped up in one word...ELOHIM.
Moses, under the leadership of the Person of the Holy Spirit penned Gen.1:1. In it God allows the reader to assume the existence of God by faith, for He alone is in the beginning of creation and He alone can create.
The Bible assumes His eternity, for He is before all things, the Alpha and Omega, He always was. That is why He is God and we are not. We had a beginning in time and space. There was never a time that God was not and because of this He does not own His creation an explanation of what He was doing for trillions of years before He started His creation processes.
For those who deny the existence of God, must understand that we cannot have something coming forth from nothing. He Himself must have always been, therefore something can come forth from someone who can create. Gen.1:1 starts out with the knowledge of God's omnipotence for He creates the universe and all the things needed within it.
In Gen.1:1 we see God's absolute freedom of righteous choice. This means that He can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants, and it will always be righteous and line up with His perfect nature. Gen.1:1 does not reveal what God was doing in eternity past, it starts out with (according to our limited understanding), His new course of action. Which is not new because it was always in His heart to create the heavens and earth and create man in His image.
Gen.1:1 not only implies that God is All-Powerful but implies that He is All-knowing and displays infinite wisdom. When one studies the nature of the cosmos one can see perfect order of matter, space and time, and a complete harmonious system that relate and need one another. This could only come from a being of absolute intelligence.
Gen.1:1 implies God to be beyond all limit of time and space, since He is before time and space. He created time and space in Gen.1:1, therefore before that act there was no time and space, there was only God. The reason we call the past and future with God "eternity past" and "eternity future" is because both transcend our concept of time.
Gen,1:1 implies that everything existed within God the Father. In one decision He spoke forth existence in the natural of that which only existed within His mind. Gen.1:1 asserts the creation of the heavens and the earth which means all that composes the natural place of time, space and matter was also created.
This one verse reveals the act of creating by an Omnipotent God in giving existence to things which before had no existence. Science of today can only observe things as they are in their existence and attempt to find some origin outside of God. They cannot explain things before their existence. No matter how hard science tries and how many great "breakthroughs they accomplish," they will never be able to touch the beginning or the end. Only God experiences both at the same time.
Therefore, we have the first act of creation.
Revelation 1:8 ESV "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..