Contrary to the belief of many, heaven and earth have not existed from the beginning of time. I believe that they had a beginning. I do not believe that they happened as the result of a “big bang”, and that from this explosion a smoldering hunk of burning mass spun away and eventually became the planet earth. I believe that they were created by God.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is more than just a sentence at the beginning of the Bible. It is more than just the first words in the revelation of God to mankind. It is a statement by the Creator of all that exists in which God– by the sound of His voice spoke the universe into being.
We conclude from the text here that God created the heavens and earth. What do the heavens and earth consist of you might ask? The heavens refer to stars, galaxies, quasars, black holes, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, nebula, etc. Even gas which comprises 99% of space, God created. Actually, the phrase used here in Genesis 1:1 “heavens and earth” actually translated refers to the entire created universe.
Here in the first verse of God’s Word we have the origin of all that we know. What power and greatness it took to create the heavens and the earth. As we stand here enjoying all that God has created, let us be reminded that the Son of God who is one with the Father was there in Genesis 1:1, at creation. The Word used here in the first verse for God is “Elohim”, which when translated means God in plural form, implying the Trinity.
John 1: 1-3 In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Here John 1:3 confirms beyond the possibility of any doubt that all things were made by Christ. We read here that there is “no exception;” no not one single thing, however how small or unimportant which was not made by His hand. Here John confirms Christ was present there “in the beginning” in Genesis 1:1.
Knowing that the Son of God was there at creation should make your heart jump for joy! What wonderful, happy thoughts should there be in our hearts, that Jesus, in whom we worship, and in whose name we pray was there at creation! Here in Genesis, the beginning of the sacred revelation from God, we read of the beginning of the world, and we read of the beginning of the work of salvation by Jesus, the Son of God coming as a man in the Book of John.
In the beginning, the earth was without form and void. There was only darkness, nothingness, confusion, and emptiness. But God made a new thing–He created the heavens and the earth.
Likewise, in the same manner, we are without form, void in our hearts as we are born into sin. There is darkness, nothingness, confusion and emptiness in our lives. But God did a new thing in Christ Jesus–the work of grace. In grace, we are a new creation–one that is born again.
The simple fact of creation as recorded in Genesis is something even the youngest of children understand better than many of the earth’s most educated men. When looking at salvation we need to have the same mindset. Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:3
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Creation is simple–look to God as Creator. Salvation is simple–look to Jesus, Creator, Savior and Lord.