Previously I highlighted my beliefs concerning, both the eternal nature of God, and the literal demonstration of His expression as The Sole Creator. In this post I want to examine His first act of creation recorded in Genesis 1:1.
The scripture plainly states that the first act of creation was the making of the heavens and the earth. I have heard or read numerous debates regarding the details of that initial act and the possibility of preceding creative works. It is not my intention to expound on all of that here, but I will say that scripture lends itself to the idea that some aspects of existence predate what we know Heaven and Earth to be.
God existed before the beginning. That has already been discussed. In John 4:24 we read the curious words of Christ, “God is spirit, and they that worship Him, worship in spirit and truth.” There can be no higher authority on the nature of God than Himself, and no greater communicator of His essence than Himself made flesh, Christ.
Considering creation, that illuminates for us the very real principle that Spirit came before the beginning. In fact, it means that everything we understand about creation is seen or understood through the physical. It is then no small wonder that the Bible tells us to “walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7).” The implications being that the spiritual is in fact far more real than the physical.
So what does it mean in Genesis 1:1 that God created the heavens and the earth? It means He created physical existence, as some would refer to it, He crafted physical space itself. It’s no great leap when grasping that idea, to begin to understand the awe-inspiring-unequivocal-reverence that the prophets of old showed to The Creator.
What an unimaginable and incredibly powerful God we serve.