First Things pt 1: First Glimpse of God

We started a new series on Sunday called “First Things” which looks at the first 4 chapters of the book of Genesis. When reading the Bible, the first time a subject is mentioned it provides a fundamental understanding of that subject which is further developed in the rest of Scripture. So the opening chapters of the Bible carry a lot of weight on the subject of creation, the first couple, temptation, sin and more!

For instance, Genesis 1 is the account of creation. Understand that the creation story is not written like a science book. Instead, it is a song designed to tell the facts of creation with beauty, imagery and repetition. This is no made up story, but a concise and poetic version of how everything began. Chapter 1 gives us our First Glimpse of God, who created it all.

The Creation story does not answer our questions about “how” the creation happened (“Was it a literal 7 days?”,“Did He use evolution in creation?”, “Was there a big bang?”), but it does tell us “why” God made the heavens and earth and the reason behind His special creation of mankind. Our first glimpse of God shows Him to be infinitely intelligent, wise and powerful. We see His artistry and appreciation for beauty and variety. His masterful creation and integration of everything was overwhelmingly good and purposeful and behind it all was the motive of love.

God’s loving purpose in creation is packed into the simple pronouns “us” and “our” which are found in verse 26. Here the creator pauses for a moment and has a conversation which we are allowed to overhear. He says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Why is this unexpected dialogue included in the text? Here is our first glimpse of something very personal about God: He is both singular and plural. What do I mean? Well, we worship one God, not 2 or 3 or 300. At the same time, this one magnificent, supreme creator lives in an eternal relationship of love within Himself as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. So He is one God but He exists as three persons who are perfectly united, who glorify one another and who live in community, a circle of love. God has always been a three-in-one God and He always will be.

Not convinced? Read verse 2: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” God was not alone in creation, the Holy Spirit was there as well hovering over creation and working with God as He spoke everything into being. Eight times in this chapter we find the words “And God said” (vv. 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, and 26). So God the creator, spoke the word and God the Holy Spirit brought about the fulfillment of the word. But someone is missing. Where is God the Son?

The answer is found in the New Testament. John Chapter 1:1-3 explains: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” The “Word” was more than a sound or an utterance; He is, in fact, the third person of the trinity, Jesus Christ. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14.

So God lives in a relationship and His purpose in creating a beautiful world to be ruled by mankind was to include us in the circle of love that has always existed between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Of all the good things He created, this is the best! Our first glimpse of God and His eternal purpose in Genesis 1 is fulfilled in the New Testament through Jesus who came to restore what was lost through sin. Not only is this very, very good indeed, the more you look, the better it gets.

It may only be a glimpse, but I like what I see!

Ps George

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