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CHAPTER 4 OF CREATION Parts One through Three
CHAPTER 4 OF CREATION
Parts One through Three
The third chapter of the Confession is a statement of foundational truths regarding creation. These foundations give sense to all that has happened since. Without these foundations, everything else is rendered unintelligible. The world is confused about so many things, in part, because the world rejects the foundational truths about creation.
The Confession explains the who, why, and when of creation.
Who? God did it (Genesis 1:1)—it didn’t happen by itself.
Why? God created all things to put His glory, His power, wisdom, and goodness on display (Psalm 19:1-3).
When? Although no date is known for certain, God created everything in the space of six days (Genesis 1:31-2:2), not millions of years.
The Confession also reminds us that at the beginning, God’s creation was all “very good” Genesis 1:31) Any and all corruption that exists subsequent to creation did not exist until Adam and Eve sinned, and God’s subsequent curse was pronounced (Genesis 3).
God’s creation of man was the pinnacle of His creative works. God created mankind in the very image of God—the only created thing so made (Genesis 1:26-28). God created mankind, male and female (v.27), with reasonable and immortal souls. Man was created to know God, that we may live in righteousness and true holiness. Man was created with the innate knowledge of God and of His law, having the power to obey it and the ability to disobey it.
In addition to having God’s law written in their hearts, God gave our first parents one specific commandment: not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17). As long as that law was kept, man would live in joyful communion with God, having a delegated dominion over the creation (Genesis 1:26 & 28). When that law was broken, however, man plunged himself and all his offspring into judgment.
Though this sin and the judgment that has followed us ever since is disastrous (Romans 5:12-21), it was part of God’s eternal plan to deliver man from sin, that God might reveal His mercy (without setting aside His justice); that He might showcase His grace (Ephesians 2:7).
The Bible clearly teaches, and the Confession affirms, that God has always existed, even before time began. This is why the Bible begins with the words: “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1). Everything has a beginning. Everything but God, that is. He was already eternally self-existent when everything else that exists began.
Everything else began, when God created all things out of nothing at all.
The reason God created all things was to reveal the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness.
God created all things “in the space of six days.” The only reason to distance oneself from a six-day creation, as recorded in the Bible, is to place so-called science above God’s Word. I say so-called science because the word science means knowledge. The world’s scientific knowledge, however, keeps changing, often contradicting its previous positions. The Bible has not.
God has revealed Himself in scripture and in creation. Since both are from Him—and He cannot contradict Himself—if they disagree, it is because we are misinterpreting either nature, or God’s Word, or both. Which has changed more in the last 2,000 years, science or the Bible? How about the last 100 or even 50 years?