The Creation Account ©
While we study the Bible a few points must be fixed in mind.
Firstly the Scripture is the Word as revealed.
It is the God document for man.
Thirdly the narrative mode used by the Holy Spirit is not of any specific nation or groups of people but of God’s righteousness in terms of individual wherever mentioned.
The core principle is God’s fellowship with man is set on certain specifics that the nature of God being perfection creates *causa sui,-cause in itself; this gives rise to deal with him collectively as a family, as nation and as a Church and finally as a Kingdom of priests and kings. Another feature of divine Perfection is to give man a template, it is inward perception as well as outward seeking so man realizes his own state and depends on the methodology God shall reveal. Efficacy is how man may draw the wherewithal from God. This is illustrated by covenant under the Law of Moses and of the Atoning work of the Son of man. (Efficacy of man coming to terms with his own efforts failing, is gradually replaced by revelations from God and culminates in grace coming to the world with the advent of the Son of man.) The vision of Isaiah Is.6:1-8 where the seraphim purges the iniquity of the prophet is illustrative of a template God considers as required of man. Thus the circumcision, the Law are all dispensations of God that progressively reveal the perfection. He makes Himself known. The common thread, however, in equipping him to know God is faith. He can meet the righteousness of God in the terms of the Greater. Faith is one such article.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God: what the Spirit reveals in the God document are realities of God in terms of man the Son of man and from this perfection set before man his natural faculty for instance faith is raised to an altogether different dimension. This is what inspiration of God means practically. John wrote thus: Word was God (Jn.1:1) Creative faith of God connects with faith as exercised by man. In short the medium of instruction is faith so he is inspired of God document to know Him. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible (He.11:3-NIV)”.
By means of the Spirit we shall examine the first chapter of the Book of Genesis.
1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”.
The opening statement is rounded off as perfect as only the Mind of God can achieve. Naturally Time is as determined by Power and Wisdom of God. His omnipresence and eternal Being make his Creative Thought not requiring any afterthought. cf. Jn.1.1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
Having fixed this in our mind let us continue with the following verse in the Book of Genesis. “And the earth was without form, and void…” The earth was without form does not mean outside what the Spirit already had stated before. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Ps.33:5) Goodness of divine Thought being compatible with manifold blessings, the verse gives us an insight to the backdrop of the creative account . The earth was without form. If the vs.1 indicated the Thought as perfect of the divine Will we have the commentary in the following verse: the earth was without form. In the following verses each day carries events sequentially an order in which forms are discernible features and their significance identified. In other words the Word as fulfillment delineates the Thought. The narrative mode of the Spirit switches point of view of God as the Will with that of the Son which becomes familiar as we reach the last book in the Bible. Visions that are revealed switch back and forth from earth and to heaven.
“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them b the breath of his mouth..For he spake, and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast (Ps.33:6,9) The Spirit makes clear the Father-Son relationship in the creative account. When the Spirit writes , “All things were made by him (the Word)..Jn.1:3) we get a rather clear idea of the structure of the Bible. Two narrative streams from the Father and the Son are incorporated into one account where the Thought (of God, the Father) is like the earth without form while its fulfillment is from God the Son, the logos aspect of the Lord God.
The Spirit while annotating these as one reveals at appropriate places significance for our spiritual edification. For example let us examine the verse 31: “And God saw everything that he made, behold, it was very good.” The same He reiterates in the verse 5. Of the Book of Psalms: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Ps.33:5)
Since the Scripture is of inspiration of God in order to get the best out of it we need to follow the word of God with the help of the Spirit. Spiritual discernment is what every child of God can avail of.
Note: *Causa sui signifies time is as determined in the Will.
(Selected from Annotated Book of Genesis ©)