In the Beginning, God - Part 2
Looking Back to Part 1
In Part 1, we looked at our spiritual DNA - our true origin and the implications that come with that. We also noticed the foundation on which all humans are to build their life - the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. Finally, we looked at God's pre-creation in preparation for His physical creations of day 1-6 of the Creation Week - "In the beginning [time] God created the heaven [space] and the earth [mass].
It is from these three initial elements that God created and placed everything else. Before we get to the creation itself, let's take a look at some other interesting thoughts from Genesis chapter 1.
Other thoughts from Genesis 1:1-4
Look carefully at Genesis 1:1-4. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And 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. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
We see here, in these verses, a type. A type is a figure or a representation of something yet to come. For instance, the Old Testament Joseph was a type of the New Testament Christ. Both were hated by their brothers. Both lived exemplary lives. Both were wrongly accused and mistreated. Both were elevated in position. Both gained the victory.
In the case of Genesis 1:1-4, we are looking at these verses as representing the sinner and salvation. We see that the earth was without form and void. Going back to the original Hebrew meaning of the term, without form, we see that it means a worthless thing, to lie waste, desolation.
But that was not God’s purpose. The earth was created to be inhabited. We read of this in Isaiah 45:18 – “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”
Realize that God also created man to be filled with Him, not to be void or empty. Man was without form and void until God created man for His purposes alone.
Look at Genesis 1:2 closely. “And 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.”
We see that darkness covered the face of the deep. What is the deep, and how does it relate to the sinner? Strong gives this definition for the deep in the original Hebrew - "tehôm tehôm (teh-home', teh-home') an abyss (as a surging mass of water), especially the deep (the main sea or the subterranean water supply): - deep (place), depth."
The Earth was one big ball of surging water until God set His creative hand on it. The soul of man is one mass of surging confusion with no purpose or direction until God places His hand upon it. When He does, the high tides begin to fade as calmness overtakes the worries of this world. The powerful, rolling waves of a meaningless life filled with confusion and uselessness settles, and man’s soul can sail again, full speed ahead for the glory of God.
It was the Mighty Spirit of God who moved upon the waters of the deep and upon the souls of men.
We see that darkness was upon the face of the deep. We are told in John 3:19 that “. . . men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
Just as the Earth was created not in vain, so were the souls of men. God’s purpose was not that the human race would be covered in darkness but rather they would be turned to the Light. We read in Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. . . “
I Peter 2:9 tells us that we have been called out of darkness and into the Light – “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light . . . ”
And so it is that the Holy Spirit of God moves upon the turbulent waters of the soul just as He moved upon the waters at the time of Creation. He calms the violent storms of life and replaces them with His peace. It is my prayer that if you haven’t received God’s peace into your life, that you do so today. That is His plan for you.
Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:34, “Awake to righteousness . . .” The word moved in verse 2 literally means to vibrate. The Spirit of God vibrated. I believe it was at this point that the Earth began to spin on its axis. Just as the Spirit of God moved on the newly formed Earth, so He does on the sinner, awakening him to righteousness.
Paul writes again in Ephesians 5:14, “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” Where light can be found, darkness is eliminated. Where the Spirit of God moves, light is found and darkness is removed. And there is a new name written down in Glory.
I do realize that Paul is writing to the Christian in this verse. Certainly, the unsaved need the Light of Jesus, but so often, so do we who already claim His name. Again, Paul tells us in Romans 13:10, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
My Christian friend, if you are sleeping, it Is high time to awake. You have one life to live. How will you fare in the presence of the Lord and eternity?
Only God can produce saving Light and life. He used the spoken word in creation. He uses the written word and the Holy Spirit in the life of the sinner. God said, “Let there be light,” in Genesis 1:3. He declares Himself to be the light of the world according to John 1:8. He is the Light and always will be the Light, but today He chooses to reveal Himself through His creation – you and me. He has passed the torch to us. Matthew 5:14 tells us simply, “Ye are the light of the world.”
Back to Genesis 1:4 – “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” Just as God created the evening and the morning by dividing the light from the darkness, he separates His children from the children of the world by spiritual light.
Darkness is defined as the absence of light. Darkness is void of light. The soul of the sinner, void of God’s light, is in darkness. Light and dark, two very different things, and God calls us to be light, to be separated from the darkness that engulfs the world.
II Corinthians 6:14-18 admonishes us to “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
What communion hath light with darkness? Absolutely none. Christian friend, you are to come out from among them. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
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