Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Hello readers, new blog today, and for this blog, I will be talking about Genesis 1. The first things we learn about God. Genesis 1 is where we are introduced to God, and where we learn some key truths about God that will be unchanging through the whole of the Bible. Genesis 1 and the creation account are perhaps some of the most attacked chapters in the word of God. It’s so attacked you’ll struggle to find professing Christians who even believe it. But I believe it. Believing that God is and who God is starts in Genesis 1, Hebrews 11 begins with creation, and how can you have saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ when you reject the very first things God chose to reveal of himself to mankind. So many of us are so guilty of making a God who we want to be, rather than believing in the God who is.
How can you claim to be saved and reject Genesis 1? If you do, something is bad wrong with you. Genesis 1 is the most important chapter in the Bible. You know why? Because if that’s not true, nothing else is. Genesis 1 is the very first thing God tells us about himself and what he did. Genesis 1 tells us where we come from and what our purpose was. Without Genesis 1 we have no context for our existence. Jesus believed Genesis, and he said in John 5:46,47 “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” You know why Jesus believed Genesis? Because he is the God of Genesis 1:1, and he’s not about to contradict the very first thing he said to man.
You may think you can accept other parts of the Bible and Genesis isn’t that important, but that is not true. You may have an attitude where you take the bits you like and the bits that suit you and leave the rest, but that’s just reflective of the fact you do not truly believe that God has said, and what God has said, which is what Biblical faith is. If God could not get Genesis 1 right, how can anything else be right? If he can’t keep his story straight from the very first sentence, how on earth can you trust him with your eternal soul based on a promise he made? If someone that can’t keep their word and who you can’t trust makes you a promise, you’ll probably not believe it. God is only as good as his word is, and if his word is no good, the rest is sunk.
“In the beginning God”. What a statement. God predates time. He created time. All we know is time because we are in time and subject to time, each one of us, but God is not in time, he is outside of time. Sorry, all that New Age mumbo jumbo is just garbage. God is separate from his creation, he is separate and distinct from time, space and matter. And just think, before time, God already was, because God is the I AM. This is a statement that immediately asserts the authority and supremacy of God. Before the heaven and the earth and this world that we are in, before any of us existed, before anyone saw or knew anything, God already was, because God is.
God was at the start. You weren’t. I was not. And the fact he was there at the start immediately puts us in our place. As we learn some key truths about God from God himself in his word, the thing I realize quickly is how guilty we are of creating a God in our mind that does not exist, that is not the God of the Bible who defines who and what he is for himself. If we could just grasp these truths about God it would set us straight as we continue as we get to know who we are dealing with. Really, all the Bible is, is a revelation of God to man as we read through the Bible. As we read through the Bible we learn more and more about who God is and what work God is making here on this earth and with this world we are all in.
“God created”. The fact God is Creator is the something we learn in the very first chapter in the Bible. It’s a statement, not a suggestion, not a mistranslation, not something for us to dispute and debate and allegorize away into nothingness. If God is not Creator, he does not have the authority that only the Creator can have. How can he tell us what is right and wrong if he did not make all this himself? The fact he is Creator shows he has POWER. And the fact God can create, and does create, and will create is what our salvation and eternity relies upon. You only get to the new heaven and new earth which he creates because he first of all created a new person in you when you got saved. God did create, he does create, and he will create. If you do not believe what he has already created, if you do not believe him for the past, how will you believe him for the present and the future?
Oh and by the way, that new creation in you takes just as much power as the Genesis 1 creation. If the Genesis 1 creation is impossible, so is your salvation. How much power does it take to create spiritual life in you where you were spiritually stone dead beforehand? I guess we believed the evolution lie so much we really thought life could make itself from death, but that’s how stupid we have made ourselves. We are so stupid it can only be because we were educated into that stupidity, God never made you that stupid. Everything we see in nature, and everything that is logical and rational and scientific tells you that something cannot and does not come from nothing, and life cannot and does not come from non life.
Genesis 1 is different from evolution because it’s not a fluid truth like the narrative of evolution, with fluid beings and a fluid past and a fluid truth, no, it’s a statement of truth. We see absolutes. The very first statement in the Bible is an absolute statement of absolute truth. There’s no question mark there, there is a full stop there. It is God’s statement, the statement from the One who was there when none of us were there. I am going to deal with absolutes in a bit because in Genesis 1 we are introduced to absolutes, because God is the God of absolutes, but let’s just hold fire on that one for a second.
God created. You know where the word creature comes from? Create. Everytime you use the word creature, remind yourself that woven into your very language is a knowledge of a Creator. And because God is the Creator, and you are the creature, God is far above us. We suppose to know what he’s thinking, and what he means, and what he intends, and we dare to speak on his behalf with no fear, how utterly darkened in our minds have we become? If you think back to your beginning, the funny thing is, you weren’t even there at your own start. You didn’t get a say in your own creation, your memory only starts as a child, you had zero control over your conception and the beginning of you. And yet you think you know where you’re going when you don’t even know where you came from? But at the beginning of you was God.
You know, it’s only God that makes anything good or anything better. We see in verse 2 without form, void and dark. That’s you without God. That’s any life without God. And here is the next thing we learn about God. “The Spirit of God moved upon”. We learn that God is a Spirit. We learn that the Spirit of God was present at Genesis 1 with God, and was God. Because God, we learn from the Bible, consists of Father, Word and Holy Ghost, and these three are one. So when you cite the Spirit as a justification for your sinful life and denial and disobedience to God’s word, just know that you do not have the Spirit of God. And without the Spirit of God MOVING, nothing will happen. When we will abandon our dead religion for faith in the moving of the Spirit of God? We just see a wonderful oneness of God immediately at the start of the book, it to me is staggering that Christians think the Spirit of God can be divided against the word of God. My goodness, look at them working in perfect harmony together to create something that was perfect and very good. The only perfect and very good in your life is going to come from the combined work of the Spirit of God and the word of God in your life. God is One.
“And God said”. So we’ve learnt in the beginning God, we’ve learnt God created, we’ve learnt the Spirit of God moved, and now we learn that God said. And what he said created light. You want light? Go to what God has said. That’s where the light is. If you want light for any part of your life, you need but go to what God has said. Faith is believing God said. It is believing that God has said, and what God has said. And that brings light to the heart and mind of every believer. Do you need light in this dark world? Do you need light for your thinking and decision making? Do you need the light of life? Go to the word of God, and there you will be introduced to the light of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The word of God is what lights our heart. For those that don’t believe Genesis 1, guess what, Paul used Genesis 1 when he wrote this in 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” So Jesus believed Genesis, and so did Paul… and yet you don’t? Guess you know more than these two. Our very salvation is pictured in Genesis 1 because it is just as literal a creation as the first one. If Genesis 1 is not literal, YOU are not literal. You come from a literal man, Adam, that God created. God SAID he created him. Why do you not believe? Why do you not believed that “God said”?
“And God saw.” Did you know God sees? If you realized God saw, you might not be doing half of the things you are doing and think you are getting by with. God sees everything. The final verse of Ecclesiastes says this “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” How can he do that, because he sees, and he sees your heart. He sees into who and what you truly are. And his word reflects just how well he sees us. God doesn’t need glasses, his vision is perfect. Guess where God sees? Past, present and future. He sees everything. He sees through your lies. He sees through your deceit. He sees who and what you truly are and that’s why you hate what he says, because what he says is based on what he sees. When nobody else sees, when nobody else knows, God does. You may not get justice in this world, but God saw what happened. We need to start seeing things like God sees them. We need to start seeing hell, death, wrath, judgment. We need to start seeing the souls that God has given us to reach. We need to start seeing like God sees. God is our vision. Jesus Christ gave people sight, and he can give you sight. Giving sight was yet another miracle that proved Jesus Christ was God.
What did God see? He saw that the light was good. God sees what is good and what is not. He sees what is light and what is darkness. See, our judgment, and our truth, and our right and wrong should come from what God sees, because God sees things better than we ever can and ever will. And then get this “God divided”. So we’re learning a lot about God. And in the fourth verse of our Bible we learn that God divides. If you are saved you will understand the truth that God divides. If you get saved, you will experience the division that being saved brings. It will divide you inside yourself, it will divide you in relationships with family and friends, it will divide you against this ungodly world. Note, it is God that divides. Just believe God and obey him, and that division will happen, because the light is divided from the darkness. Jesus Christ divided people, he divides people, and he will divide you as well. He wants to divide you from your new life and your old life, and he divides between holy and unholy, right and wrong, clean and unclean, heaven and hell, sheep and goats, wheat and tares. God divides.
I had mentioned absolutes before. These statements are so absolute. Light is good. And light is divided from darkness. Something that is darkness is not, and never will be light. Darkness will never ever be good. Sin and disobedience is NEVER fine with God. There isn’t a situation where it’s ok. See, professing Christians don’t believe in absolute truths because they don’t believe in the absolute God. Absolute means at all times and under any circumstance. An absolute truth is unchanging regardless of time, era, context, place, culture, whatever. For example, it doesn’t matter what you think, believe, where you were raised, whatever, murder is ABSOLUTELY wrong. Many people don’t believe in the absolute God of his absolute word of absolute truth. See, if it’s your son, fornicating is ok. If it’s you it’s ok. We don’t believe in absolutes, we like our special set of rules, we like our truth, not THE truth. The fact God is an absolute God is tied to the fact God divides. The absolute God absolutely divides. God instilled absolutes into his creation. Here’s an absolute, the only way you will ever be saved is through Jesus Christ. It will never be another way, doesn’t matter what time, what place, what condition, what circumstance.
“And God called”. Get this. God is who calls sin sin. God is who calls right right. God is who calls wrong wrong. God is who calls things for what they are. It doesn’t matter what you call it, if God calls it sin, it is sin. What matters ultimately is what God calls you. If he does not call you saved, you are not saved. We are called saved in Christ Jesus, and we are saved on the basis of his shed blood and his risen life. God calls things what they are. When God calls something sin, or wrong, or disobedient, that is what it is. You can twist and toss and turn and manipulate all you want, but what matters is simply what God has called it. We should call things as God calls things.
So in this blog we have seen truths about God that are fundamental and established and the first things we know about who God is. We know he was in the beginning, we know God created, we know God moved, we know God said, we know God saw, we know God divided and we know God called. Do you believe the very first things God said about himself to you? Do you believe that he is and that he is who he says he is? Do you believe what he said he did? If not, how can you believe what he says for you today. If you can’t believe him for the past, how can you believe him for now. That’s right, you can’t. And that’s why people that deny Genesis 1 are denying every other part of the Bible in their professing Christ lie of a life as well.
Show me where someone denies Genesis 1, and I’ll show you someone who is denying God in every other part of the Bible too. And you deny him, and guess what, he will deny you. You be ashamed of him, you be ashamed of the God of Genesis 1, and he will be ashamed of you. That’s pretty scary. What matters at the end of our lives is what we did with the truth of God’s word that was given us. Faith is believing the word of God. Abraham did, everyone else in Hebrews 11 did, and so must you. You cannot get to all the other truths of the Bible but through the very first chapter of the Bible. It is not optional, but mandatory for your saving faith today. If you can’t submit to God’s authority in Genesis 1, how on earth would you ever submit to him in repentance of sin and saving faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)