What does the Bible say about creation?
Understanding the Biblical creation account is vitally important. Yet, many churches regard this as a minor issue – one that people can agree to disagree about. However, if you claim that the Biblical creation narrative is not 100% true – it leaves room to doubt the rest of Scripture. We know that all Scripture is God-breathed. Even the account of creation.
Christian quotes about creation
“Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.” – Augustine
“Creation in its totality exists as a means to the fulfillment of some specific purpose that terminates on and for the sake of Jesus Christ.” – Sam Storms
“It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, “Let us make man”. It was the whole Trinity again, which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say, “Let us save man”. – J. C. Ryle
“Just because creation gives God great delight, we cannot say that He is worshipping it; rather, He is worshipping Himself as He sees His goodness bringing such blessing to people that they give their heartfelt thanks and praise to Him for the benefits He imparts.” Daniel Fuller
“If created things are seen and handled as gifts of God and as mirrors of His glory, they need not be occasions of idolatry – if our delight in them is always also a delight in their Maker.” John Piper
“God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. He is transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them.” A. W. Tozer
“The unceasing activity of the Creator, whereby in overflowing bounty and goodwill, He upholds His creatures in ordered existence, guides and governs all events, circumstances, and free acts of angels and men, and directs everything to its appointed goal, for His own glory.” J.I. Packer
“In a mouse we admire God’s creation and craft work. The same may be said about flies.” Martin Luther
“Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things- things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there.” Oswald Chambers
“Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.” Augustine
“When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.” C.S. Lewis
The creation: In the beginning God created
The Bible is clear that in six days, God created everything. He created the universe, earth, plants, animals, and people. If we believe God is who He says He is, and if we believe that the Bible is the ultimate authority, then we have to believe in a literal six-day creation.
1. Hebrews 1:2 “In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.”
2. Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.”
3. Colossians 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
God’s glory in creation
God revealed His glory in creation. It is revealed in the intricacies of creation, the manner at which it was created, etc. Christ is the firstborn of every creature and the firstborn from the dead. The universe belongs to God, because He made it. He rules as Lord over it.
4. Romans 1:20 “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
5. Psalm 19:1 “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
6. Psalm 29:3-9 “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve and strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”
7. Psalm 104:1-4 “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers.”
The Trinity in creation
In the first chapter of Genesis we can see that the entire Trinity was an active participant in the creation of the world. “In the beginning God.” This word for God is Elohim, which is a plural version of the word El, for God. This indicates that ALL THREE members of the Trinity were present in eternity past, and ALL THREE were active participants in creating all things.
8. 1 Corinthians 8:6 “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
9. Colossians 1:16-18 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
10. Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
11. John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
God’s love for creation
God loves all of His creation in the general sense as the Creator. This is different than the special love He has for His people. God shows His love to all people by providing rain and other blessings.
12. Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
13. Ephesians 2:4-5 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.”
14. 1 John 4:9-11 “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
All creation worships God
All things worship God. Even the birds in the air worship Him by doing exactly what birds are designed to do. Since God’s glory is shown in His creation – all things are worshipping God.
15. Psalm 66:4 “All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.”
16. Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
17. Revelation 5:13 “And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
18. Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
19. Nehemiah 9:6 “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.”
God’s involvement in His creation
God is actively involved in His creation. Not only was He actively involved in the creation of all things, but He remains actively involved in the lives of His created beings. His mission is to reconcile His chosen people to Himself. God initiates the relationship, not man. It is through His active, continual involvement int the lives of His people, by the Holy Spirit, that we grow in progressive sanctification.
20. Genesis 1:4-5 “And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”
21. John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
God redeems His creation
God’s special love for His people was set upon them before the foundations of the earth were laid. This special love is a redeeming love. Even one sin committed by man is treason against a holy and just God. So our righteous Judge declares us guilty. The only reasonable punishment for sins against Him is eternity in Hell. But because He chose us, because He decided to love us with a redeeming love, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bear our sins so that we can be reconciled to Him. It was Christ who bore the wrath of God on our behalf. By repenting of our sins and trusting Him we can spend eternity with Him.
22. Isaiah 47:4 “Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name— is the Holy One of Israel.”
23. Deuteronomy 13:5 “But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.”
24. Deuteronomy 9:26 “And I prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord God, do not destroy your people and your heritage, whom you have redeemed through your greatness, whom you have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.”
25. Job 19:25 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”
26. Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”
Being a new creation in Christ
When we get saved, we are given a new heart with new desires. Upon the moment of salvation we are made into a new creature.
27. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
28. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
29. Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”
30. Colossians 3:9-10 “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”