The Creation, Part 1

The Creation of the world was the orderly, structured and purposeful act of a Divine Architect. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. Observe from the biblical record in Genesis the magnificent order and parallel structure of creation:

Creation of the Planet Earth Filling of the Planet Earth
Day 1 – Creation of Light; Division of Light from Darkness into Evening and Morning Day 4 – Creation of the Sun, Moon and Stars
Day 2 – Division of the Waters into the Heavens Day 5 – Creation of the Birds of the Air and Fish of the Sea
Day 3 – Gathering of the Waters under the Heavens into the seas; appearance of dry land; Creation of grass, plants, flowers and trees Day 6 – Creation of the Land Animals and Human Beings
Pre-Existent Nothing

Before the creation of the world, the earth “was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2. This verse proffers to us a stark before/after contrast to verse 1. Before “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,” there was no earth. There was nothing but the deep void of intergalactic space. Perhaps the coordinating conjunction “and” which joins “the Spirit of God” to the previous independent clause is better translated “But” or “But then.” Before the presence of God the Spirit moved upon the waters, there was nothing. “But” after the presence and moving of God's Spirit, Creation – life – sprang into being. The Spirit of God makes life.

The Spirit of God

This verse also highlights the profound truth of the agency of the Spirit of God in the creation of the world. The earth came into being through the moving of the Spirit of God. None of us were present when the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep and created the world. We receive this precept as a fact of faith only, in the same manner that we receive the account of the virgin birth in Luke 1:35, 37. “And the angel [Gabriel] answered and said unto her, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God . . . For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Just as the Holy Spirit of God moved upon the virgin Mary to create the Son of God in her womb, so the same Spirit moved upon the nothingness of space to create the world.

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