STUDY NO. 1. GOD AS THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS
Introduction. It is logical to start our course of studies with the first verse of the Bible. That does not mean, however, that we shall ignore what is said in the rest of the book. Even though it was written by many different men, at different times, the Bible is all inspired of God, which means that the writers put down exactly what God wanted them to. See 2 Timothy 3:14-17, and 2 Peter 1:21.
Some of the things found written in the Bible, the word of God, on the subject of creation:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”, Genesis 1:1.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3,
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; Romans 1:20
” But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.” Hebrews 1:8-12.
In the first verse of the Bible we learn that God is the creator of all things. This means that by His mighty power He brought everything there is into being. This is a truth which the Christian gladly accepts, although he cannot explain it. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”, Hebrews 11:3. Men can make things out of materials which are already there, only God can make things come into existence in the first place. Because He is creator, God deserves to be recognised, honoured, and worshipped by His creatures, and as believers we should say with the apostle Paul, “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen”. Romans 11:36.
Here are some of the things we learn about God as the creator, from this and other verses:-
AS CREATOR HE IS THE SOURCE OF ALL THINGS
There is nothing in the universe that He has not created. There are just three things that go to make up the universe. These are time, space, and matter, which involves energy. We find these things mentioned in Genesis 1:1, quoted above, “In the beginning” speaks of time; “heaven and earth” speaks of matter; and the fact that heaven and earth are separate implies space.
AS CREATOR HE IS SOVEREIGN OVER ALL THINGS
The word “sovereign”, when used of God, means that He is the Eternal King, whose will is always done, whose word is law, and whose rule is absolute. Since everything owes its existence to Him, then all should recognise Him and bow to His authority. The universe belongs to Him, and He will do as He pleases with it. When the early disciples prayed to God in Acts 4:24, they used a word for God which means “Sovereign Lord”, who had made heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all that in them is.
AS CREATOR HE IS SEPARATE FROM ALL THINGS
He is closely involved with His creation, but He is not part of it. He is eternal, but the universe was made “in the beginning”. He is infinite, but creation is only as vast as He made it. Pantheism, (the basis of New Age religion), teaches the false idea that “all is God and God is all”, and is totally opposed to the teaching of the Bible.
AS CREATOR HE IS SUPPORTER OF ALL THINGS
God has not abandoned His creation, for it is one of the means by which He displays His glory. It is by Divine power that all things are maintained as God decrees. As Nehemiah said in his prayer to God “Thou, even Thou, art Lord alone; Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and Thou preserveth them all;” Nehemiah 9:6. Every part of creation receives His personal attention. The Lord Jesus taught this when He said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” Luke 12:6.
AS CREATOR HE WAS SATISFIED WITH ALL THINGS
We read repeatedly in Genesis chapter 1 that “God saw that it was good”, and at the end of His six days of work, God pronounced all things to be ‘Very good”. See Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31. Notice that we have said “was” satisfied with all things, for when sin entered the world, they were no longer “very good”. Such a situation cannot satisfy God, so then He began to work out another aspect of His purpose, that of bringing salvation to those ruined by sin.
There is another very important truth to be learned about God from Genesis 1:1, and that is that God is the Tri-une God, which means that He is One God, and yet in Three Persons. The book of Genesis, like most of the Old Testament, was written in the Hebrew language. Those who understand that language tell us that the word for “God” is a plural word, whilst the word for “created” is singular. Note also Genesis 1:26, “let us make man”, and Genesis 3:22, “the man is become as one of us”. So right at the beginning of the Bible this basic truth about God is presented to us.
It was not until the Lord Jesus came, however, that this fact was fully known. He is God manifest in flesh, (1 Timothy 3:16), and by His coming God was revealed in the fullest possible way. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him”. John 1:18.
From the New Testament we learn that the three persons of the Godhead hinted at in the Old Testament are God the Father, the Son of God, and the Spirit of God. By the use of the word person, Christians do not mean one who is separate from another, as we normally use the word of men and women, for this would mean there are three Gods. Rather, the word person in this context means one who is in relationship to another, yet distinct. This guards against the false idea that God is composed of three parts, which together make a whole.
Our safest course is to keep strictly to the language of Scripture in this matter, so we shall finish this particular study by quoting the words of Scripture, to show that each of the persons of the Godhead possesses full Deity, and is called God.
GOD THE FATHER
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him”. 1 Corinthians 8:6.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent”. John 17 :3.
THE SON OF GOD
“But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom”. Hebrews 1:8.
“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life”. 1 John 5:20.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD
“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost………thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God”. Acts 5:3,4.
“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth………if a man love Me, he will keep my words: and My Father will love Him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him”. John 14: 16,17,23.