Books of Bible
Man Needs To Know
By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
God Created All Things
The greatness and power of God is pictured in a few
bold strokes in the opening chapter of the Bible. The Genesis
account of creation portrays God and identifies man. It sets the
stage for all that follows. It is important for man to know about
creation because it tells him who he is and vividly represents
the might and divinity of the Creator.
Jehovah, Jesus and the Spirit, acting in the unison
of their God nature, brought the present order of things into
existence. There is only one true and living God who is three
beings, or persons. The perfect unity between the three persons
of God make a single entity. The plural nature of God is asserted
in the opening chapter of the Bible. "God said, Let us make
man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1:26). God...us...our...the
plural pronouns used in connection with the word God show the
one is three and the three are one. This may sound like a contradiction,
but it is not.
An illustration of the three-in-one understanding
of deity may be seen in space. Space is limitless, having no bounds.
Space has three measurements. Look at a cube. It has three dimensions-depth
and height (same dimension measured from opposite ends), width
and length (same dimension measured from opposite sides) and breadth
and thickness (same dimension measured from opposite borders).
Height, length, thickness each is separate and identifiable and
are the dimensions of space. Space is one--the three are one and
the one is three.
In much the same way, there are three distinguishable
beings in one God. Each possess the God nature and besides this
one God with three beings there is none other. God alone is God.
The same information is given concerning man. "And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them
have dominion..." (Gen. 1:26).
Notice "man" is singular, but God gave
"them" dominion. The word man is used in the sense of
mankind. Only those who possess human nature are man. They are
one in their manhood, but separate in their being. They are many
but the many are one. They alone are man and beside them none
other possesses human nature. The brute beast is not man. Cows,
dogs, horses do not possess human nature. Only man is man.
There are only three beings who possess the God nature.
Each of the three has all the attributes of divinity. Each of
the three is all knowing, all powerful, everywhere present, infinite
in love, holiness and justice. The agreement between the three
persons in the one God is absolute. They are perfectly united
in thought, word, desire, and purpose. Though separate they are
welded together into a consummate unit. They are one as the disciples
of Jesus are to be one (John 17:21). The disciples of the Master,
in their human weakness, may fail in their oneness, but God is
faithful to his essential unity even if man is faithless in his.
The opening chapter of the book of Genesis does not
give details about the essence of God, but it does give the outline.
It makes us aware that God is plural and, therefore, from the
first, affirms the eternal nature of the being who would one day
restrict his God nature and also take the form of a servant, and
be "made in all things like unto his brethren."
The Genesis account of creation is the only accurate
report of the First Cause. Men, in their limited knowledge, may
concoct all kinds of theories about the origin of things, but
all such speculation is vain. Human conjecture is often a house
of sand. We are now being told by some advocates of evolutionism
that the whole universe came into existence in the expanding fireball
of a big bang, doubling in size every tenth of a quadrillionth
of a quintillionth of a second. That gets pretty close to the
majestic statement of Moses, "And God said, Let there be
light: and there was light" (Gen. 1:3).
God spoke the universe into existence. The expression
"And God said" is repeated 10 times in the account of
creation. He commanded and it was done. Not in eons, but in hours.
Not in a long, indefinite period of time, but in days. Everything
from light to man was created by the irresistible power of an
Almighty God in 144 hours.
In 615 words God, through Moses, told all we know
of how everything in the universe came into existence. The Bible
story of creation is a masterful and fascinating description of
how material things came into existence. No one has been able
to improve on it. It is an introduction of the history of the
dealings of God with man, and forms the ruling theme of inspired
scripture. It shows us the Supreme Being in unquestioned majesty.
The God of the spirits of all flesh - the moral governor of earth
and sky and sea. The Genesis account shows us man as subservient
to God. Man is in the image and likeness of God, but he is not
God. He has limitations. He is finite and mortal. He is created
-- not eternal. His spirit never dies, but man had a beginning.
Man is dependent.
The Genesis account of creation should help us to
understand that the throne of God is the center of everything.
Our limited and distorted human vision is clouded and we do not
see things as they are. We are tempted to suppose that the planet
earth is the focal point of eternity. We are duped into supposing
that authority and nobility are in the visible world around us.
God's throne is the center of the universe. The first
book in the Bible explains the separateness and majesty of God.
The last book in the Bible confirms this exalted truth. The apostle
John on Patmos was given a vision of the cosmos. He saw God's
eternal throne as the midpoint. It is a place of power, beauty
and transcendent wisdom. Arched over the throne of God is an emerald
rainbow. He who sits on the throne is "like a jasper stone
and a sardius to look upon" (Rev. 4:3).
Daniel described the dwelling place of God. "I
beheld till thrones were placed, and one that was ancient of days
did sit: his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head
like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof
burning fire" (Dan. 7:9). "And out of the throne proceed
lightnings and voices and thunders. And there were seven lamps
of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits
of God; and before the throne, as it were a sea of glass like
a crystal; and in the midst of the throne, and round about the
throne, four living creatures full of eyes before and behind"
(Rev. 4:5-6). Surrounding the throne of God are four living creatures
and twenty-four thrones occupied by elders, having crowns of gold
upon their heads. Beyond the living creatures and the elders'
thrones are countless angels. "The number of them was ten
thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands"
(Rev. 5:11). Beyond the angel host--out on the periphery of the
universe--are the kingdoms of men. The human drama is played out
on the fringe of God's ageless kingdom. The center of everything
is God. The account of creation helps us to know, to the limit
of our ability to understand, the preeminence of God. His supremacy
is undeniable. Almighty God made the worlds.
Jesus was the reason for making of all things. In
Jesus we have the forgiveness of our sins "who is the image
of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him
were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things
visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers; all things have been created through
him, and unto him; and he is before all things, and in him all
things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who
is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things
he might have the preeminence. For it was the good pleasure of
the Father that in him should all the fullness dwell; and through
him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through
the blood of his cross; through him, I say, whether things upon
the earth, or things in the heavens" (Col. 1:15-20). God
made everything good. Six times in the Genesis account of creation
God looked at what he made and pronounced it good (Gen. 1:4, 10,
12, 18, 21, 25). Then, to top it off, "God saw everything
that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1:31).
It was all good--not only good but very good! God made nothing
that was bad, or evil.
Bad things came when man rebelled against God. God
made man good and gave to him the power of choice. Man decided
to do something God had forbidden. Man was told not to eat of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil--the tree that stood
in the midst of Eden. Man did what God told him not to do. Man
can reject the rule of God in his life. If man fails to do what
God has commanded, or does what God forbids, he is distanced from
God. In his separation from his maker, man is miserable and lost.
His rebellion brings upon him sorrow and suffering. The blessing
God intended for man is ruined because of man's disobedience.
The Bible account of creation tells us that sin brings death (Gen.
3:3). The New Testament reiterates it..."the wages of sin
is death" (Rom. 6:23). Every ounce of woe and every gram
of heartache visited on the human race is the result of man's
stubborn rebellion to God. The polio virus and cancer virus did
not exist in the beginning but are the results of mutation. The
world as we see it today is not the world as God made it, but
is the world as man has spoiled it. When man rejects God and refuses
to follow his word, he brings about profound alterations. Having
caused the change, man must live in consequence of it. We must
suffer from the transgressions of all who have gone before us,
and all who come after us will have to endure the results of our
folly. "For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of
its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope that
the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now. And not only so, but ourselves also,
who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan
within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption
of our body" (Rom. 8:20-23).
God deniers try to discredit believers by asking,
If God is good where does evil come from? The answer is, all evil
comes from man's rejection of God's will and way. Evil is the
fault of the creature--not the Creator. It is the bitter fruit
of disobedience. This is fundamental and basic. The essential
goodness of God is underscored in his promise that the seed of
woman would bruise the head of Satan (Gen. 3:15). In mysterious
grandeur God speaks of the time when a savior would appear to
give man the opportunity of victory over the devil.
On the first day of creation God called for light
and light had no choice but to appear. Philosophers and scientists
can neither make nor explain light. Light is distinct from the
sun and moon (Gen. 1:3,16). Where and what is it? Do you know
its dwelling place (Job 38:19). Job could not explain by what
way the light is parted, nor can we (Job 38:24).
A light was first in God's creation and symbolizes
divine wisdom. Jehovah is "the Father of lights, with whom
can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning"
(James 1:17). Of Jesus it is said, "In him was life; and
the life was the light of men" (John 1:4). Of heaven it is
written, "And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of
the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the lamp thereof is the Lamb" (Rev. 21:23).
Those who proclaim and practice the teaching of Jesus
are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14). The saints of earth are
to "become blameless and harmless, children of God without
blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among
whom ye are seen as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:15). The
lessons of creation are many and magnificent, but there is no
truth more profound than who and where God is, and who and where
we are. The grand lesson of creation is God's compelling power
and our appalling weakness.
It was all done with a view to the Messiah of Jehovah.
Creation was a prelude to the grace of Christ and his adoration.
We cannot escape the conclusion that the overture of creation
is the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star, the sun
of righteousness with healing in his wings. The blinding blaze
of creation sets the stage for the deep shadows of Calvary. The
world's redeemer dying on a cross in the darkness is anticipated
in the expectation of creation. For God so loved the world, that
he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him
should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16). "God
the mighty maker died for man the creature's sin. Just as creation
anticipates the cross so does the cross anticipate the second
coming. One foresees the other. Creation will reach its climax
one day when Jesus comes again. The last chapter of earth will
be written in blood and fire and fear and brightness and joy and
The word of God is powerful. From of old there was
"an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the
word of God" (2 Peter 3:5). By the means of that forceful
word "the world that then was, being overflowed with water,
perished" (2 Peter 3:6). The heavens that now are, and the
earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved
against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But
forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord
as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord
is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness;
but is longsuffering to youward, not wishing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord
will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent
heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned
up. Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,
looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God,
by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? But, according
to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein
dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:7-13).
The God who made the world by his authoritative word
will destroy it some day by that same decisive word. See the greatness,
separateness, majesty, mercy, love and grace of God unfolded in
creation and in judgment. This brings us full circle to stand
in awe of the matchless word of God. "See that ye refuse
not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when they refused
him that warned them on earth, much more shall not we escape who
turn away from him that warneth from heaven" (Heb. 12:25).
Even now he is warning from heaven. Therefore we
ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard,
lest haply we drift away from them. For if the word spoken through
angels proved stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if
we neglect so great a salvation? which having at the first been
spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard"
(Heb. 2:1-3). Harden not your heart!
Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto
him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth
and things under the earth."