“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’
The first verse in the Book of Genesis is from the standpoint of God the Father, His Core Will. Compare this with the new earth and the new heaven mentioned in the last book. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the earth were passed away;…(Re.21:1).”
This does not contradict the first verse. This has to be understood in context of Alpha and Omega aspect of Jesus Christ. We read his testimony: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…(Re.1:8) . The idea behind this is typical of the mode of inversion: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last (Mt.20:16-NIV)”. The Holy Spirit announces that the Will of the Father has been accomplished.
Ge.1:1 Heaven and earth do not mention any people. On the other end what do we read? In the Book of Revelation where the new earth and the new heaven are mentioned we read of ‘the holy city coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride…(Re.21:1-3) The risen Christ in his glory is present there.”Behold I make all things new.” This is the testimony of the Son.
The seas the sun and all physical features described in the first chapter of Book Genesis hold no significance since the Glory of God and the Lamb is the light of it (21:23). In the light we are told ‘the nations of them which are saved shall walk.
In this context let us consider the verse from Isaiah “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders …(8:18).” The same verse is repeated in the New Testament (He.2:13-15) It was necessary for the Holy Spirit to reorganize the creation account of God with appropriate signs and symbols; and this narrative mode is validated when we see it from the vantage of God the Son who ‘took not the on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham (vs.16)”. We are considering the same opening verse Ge.1:1, where nothing has been altered but is treated from two points of view that is all.