Sie sind auf Seite 1von 6

God’s Creation

Written, November 2009

We live in a creative world. People are very creative. For example, artists create works of
art, architects create buildings, inventors create inventions, engineers create hardware and
software, and authors create novels. Even animals are creative. They make sounds to
communicate with each other and make homes including nests and holes in the ground.

The creative process involves two nouns and one verb:

• The creator – someone or something who creates


• The creation – what has been brought into existence. It’s something new.
• To create – is to bring something into existence. It’s an action.

The creator is always more intelligent than the creation (except biological offspring).
This should be obvious from the examples given above.

Creation is a major theme of the Bible. It begins with God creating everything and ends
with God remaking everything in a new heaven and a new earth (Gen. 1:1-2:3; Rev. 21:1-
5).

This article is based on Bible passages that use the words “create”, “creation, or
“creator”.

Creation’s Revelation

God has revealed Himself to everyone in His creation. Isaiah wrote, “Look up into the
heavens. Who created all the stars?” (Is. 40:26NLT). This is a good question. When we
look at creation we should be reminded of their Creator. Science today misses the main
point of God’s revelation through the creation, which is that the creation requires a
Creator.
We live in an amazingly complex world. Each year scientists reveal
more detail; but each discovery just leads to more questions and things to investigate.
Look at all the information in the human genome; it’s wonderfully complex. The DNA
sequence in each cell of our bodies is made up of about 3 billion pairs of molecules.
Scientists certainly can’t make life. They can’t even manufacture a single living cell.
That’s why they use stem cells in their research. So the Creator of life on earth is more
intelligent than modern scientists!

The complex design of our world requires a Designer. The information in the genetic
code requires a source. Complex creation, design and information can’t occur by chance.
That would be like a computer that occurred by chance and we all know that doesn’t
happen. Instead what happens is that computers break down, they devolve. Likewise,
instead of getting more complex with time, the natural world is devolving; extinction is
evident, not evolution. Did you know that most mutations involve a loss or corruption of
genetic information? They are malfunctions that can cause illness, such as cystic fibrosis.

Also, nothing can create itself, because that would mean that it existed before it came into
existence, which is nonsense! Instead, the logic is that everything which has a beginning
has a cause. As the universe has a beginning, it has a cause, which is that it was created
by God. So, we live in a cause and effect universe.

David knew this 3,000 years ago when he sang, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display His craftsmanship” (Ps. 19:1). This means that God’s existence can be
inferred from nature, which is His creation. Because the universe is awesome and
immense, God must be immensely powerful. That’s what omnipotent means. Paul said
that His eternal power and divine nature are evident in all we see, “The truth about God is
known instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world
was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly
see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse
whatsoever for not knowing God” (Rom. 1:19-20). “Eternal power” means there is no
limit on what God can do.

The Supreme Creator

Our knowledge of God’s nature and how He created everything comes from the
revelation of Scripture, as it is the only clear revelation from God – it has not been tainted
by sin. God was the only One who was there and He tells us how it happened. We are
told, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that
what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Heb. 11:3). Here we see
that in the beginning God spoke and created what can be seen from what was invisible. In
Genesis 1:3 we read “Then God said, ‘Let there be light, and there was light’”. In Genesis
1, “God said” is mentioned 8 times before something new was created.

Paul gives more information, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed
before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God
created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can
see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the
unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before
anything else, and He holds all creation together” (Col. 1:15-17). So God created an
invisible spiritual world as well as the visible physical world. Because He made
everything in the universe, He is supreme over all creation (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3).
God continues to sustain the creation by holding it all together.

God also created time. He created our ancestors Adam and Eve “in His own image” so
He could have a special relationship with humanity (Gen. 1:27). He is the “author of life”
(Acts 3:15). So, God is certainly creative.

Another of David’s songs says, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your
fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should
think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (Ps. 8:3-4). Looking at
creation should cause us to feel humble as we recognize the greatness of the God who
chose to create us in His image.

However, the truth of the greatness of God is suppressed today as it was when Paul
wrote; “God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress
the truth by their wickedness” (Rom. 1:18). Paul explains how this truth is suppressed:
“they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And
they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds
became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And
instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look
like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles” (Rom. 1:21-23).

First, they ignore God. They don’t glorify Him as the great Creator or thank Him for
sustaining them by His creation. Instead of acknowledging what should be obvious,
people act as though there is no God. In this sense they are ignorant. God is replaced by
nature; they say that nature does this and nature does that. Paul says that ignoring God
leads to futile thinking and darkened hearts. Their plans come to nothing and there is no
compassion.

Second, they claim to be wise. They claim to know everything and are able to handle all
the problems of life. They act like God. But in this they become fools.
Third, they worship the creation. Because people are instinctively religious, when they
reject this revelation of the true God through His creation they worship idols. Paul
repeats, “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the
things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise!”
(Rom. 1:25).

Godlessness results in wickedness. The consequence of suppressing the truth of the


greatness of God is sexual immorality and all kinds of sinful behaviour (Rom. 1:24-32).
That’s why the wicked are condemned by God and under His judgement and why there is
a universal need for the gospel.

Isaiah wrote, “For the Lord is God, and He created the heavens and earth and put
everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I
am the Lord,” He says, “and there is no other” (Is 45:18). So, the Creator is unique.

Because God had no beginning, He doesn’t need a cause (Dt. 33:27; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb.
7:3; Rev.1:8; 22:13). In fact God has no beginning, no end or limits; He is infinite,
eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. God is omni (from the Latin word
meaning “all”)! God’s power was demonstrated to Job though the wonders of creation
(Job 38-41).This caused Job to realise that God could do anything (Job. 42:2).

Because God is perfect, His creation was perfect. The Bible says that it was “very good”
(Gen. 1:31). But it didn’t stay that way.

Creation’s Suffering & Redemption

God told Adam “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I
commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will
struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you
will eat of its grains” (Gen. 3:17-18). So Adam’s fall into sin affected the world around
him.

Although the original creation was “very good”, because of people’s rebellion against
God, the universe has been cursed with suffering, disease and death. It has been spoilt,
although we see shattered remains of the original creation. “Against its will, all creation
was subjected to God’s curse … For we know that all creation has been groaning as in
the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Rom. 8:20, 22). When people say,
“how could a loving God create such a world?”, they show their ignorance of the history
of our world. He didn’t create it that way in the beginning. We are reaping what Adam
sowed. Today, life is a struggle for all creation and there is much suffering. This affects
Christians as well as the rest of God’s creation. We “groan inwardly as we wait eagerly
for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom. 8:23).

However, together with the rest of God’s creation, we can look forward to the Lord’s
coming reign over the earth: “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory
he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God
will reveal who His children really are” (Rom. 8:18-19). When the Lord returns to set up
His kingdom, the creation will be redeemed from the affects of the curse and re-created to
be “very good” once again. The Garden of Eden will be restored (Acts 3:21). This is
when: “the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby
goat. … as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the
Lord” (Isa. 11:6-9).

Creation Evangelism

An understanding of creation is the foundation of the gospel message. When he spoke to


Gentile audiences at Lystra and Athens who were ignorant of the Old Testament, Paul
appealed to God’s handiwork in nature as evidence of the existence of the Creator (Acts
14:15b-17; 17:24-27). He was the one they should be worshiping, not worthless idols.

The grand message of the Bible is that in the beginning God created everything, then
when Adam and Eve disobeyed God the creation came under God’s curse and evil,
sickness, suffering and death became prevalent. In this sense the whole creation is
suffering. But Jesus came to die on the cross and was resurrected back to life so that those
who trust in His work can have a new spiritual life and look forward to living in His new
creation. After He returns believers will receive new bodies and will leave the suffering
world to eventually reign with Him in His kingdom of the restored world.

What about someone who has never heard the gospel message? The Bible says, “it is
impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe
that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). Two
steps are necessary: to believe that God exists, and the creation tells us that, and to
earnestly seek Him. If they seek Him, He will led them to a knowledge of Jesus Christ
(Acts 4:12).

Creation Praise

Psalm 95 is a song of praise that the Jews sang to God for being a great Creator. When
Christ returns to set up His kingdom, all creation will praise Him (Ps.98:4-9). That’s what
the song “Shout to the Lord” is about. In Psalm 104, the God of creation is praised for
His work as the great Creator and Sustainer. All creation praises God in Psalm 148,
which includes “Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for He issued His
command, and they came into being” (Ps 148:5). All creation is to praise the Lord
because He spoke the universe into existence.

In heaven the redeemed bow down before God on His throne and praise Him because He
created everything: “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and
power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased”
(Rev. 4:11). Finally, at the end of time, after God has dealt with people’s sin and
rebellion, every creature praises God (Rev. 5:13).

Lessons for us
Do we appreciate the grandeur, majesty, power, wisdom and beauty of the creation? Do
we realise that because it didn’t make itself, it requires an awesome Creator who
continues to uphold and maintain it? He rules over all creation. Let’s keep aware of
God’s greatness, power and sovereignty. Are we humble before Him? Do we thank Him
for sustaining us by His creation? Do we acknowledge His work of creation in songs of
praise?

Do we realise that, like humanity, the whole universe has been cursed with suffering,
disease and death? Are we looking forward to the day when the curse is removed?

Are we worshiping the Creator or the creation? Who are our heroes? What images are
occupying us on the movies, TV, and internet? Are we ambitious or greedy? Are we
chasing the good comfortable life or always seeking good health?

Creation is a major theme of the Bible. The sequence is creation, fall into sin, release
from the penalty of sin (redemption) through Jesus Christ, and creation of the new
heavens & the new earth. Do we begin at the beginning of the gospel message,
particularly for those who are not familiar with the Bible?

The fact that God has created the universe is fundamental to the Christian faith because it
leads to:

• Christ’s resurrection and the resurrection of all believers. If God couldn’t create
life in the beginning, how could He bring the dead back to life?
• The ultimate restoration of the fallen creation. If God couldn’t create life in the
beginning, how can He create life in a new creation?