5. God As Creator
The Bible presents God as the creator of the universe. The Word of God states that He created everything out of nothing, that it was originally very good, and that He created it to glorify Himself.
This blasts right at the center of all the debate that revolves around evolution.
No matter what supposed evidence science comes up with to prove that God had nothing to do with the now existent universe, it is nothing more that what the Bible calls the foolish wisdom of the world. By faith, we take what the Bible clearly teaches concerning creation.
Does it make any difference if things evolved or if God created everything as stated in Scripture? It sure does! Two completely different world views are involved in the debate of creation and evolution.
A. God Created the Universe Out of Nothing
The Bible’s teaching on creation leads one to the conclusion that the universe was created out of nothing. Before the universe was created in six literal days, nothing else existed except God Himself.
Ps 33:6 – By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Ps 33:9 – For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
John 1:3 – All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Acts 17:24 – The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
Heb 11:3 – By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
Col 1:16 – For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Acts 4:24 – And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM.
As creator, God rules over all the universe and nothing in creation is to be worshipped instead of God. If the universe was not created out of nothing, then we would have to admit that matter has always existed and that it too is eternal like God.
B. Creation Was the Work of the Entire Trinity
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit were all involved in the act of creating the universe.
1 Cor 8:6 – yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. (Father)
John 1:3 – All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (Son)
Ps 104:24,30 – O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground. (Spirit)
When God, on the sixth day of creation finished His masterpiece, He summed it up in Gen. 1:31.
Gen 1:31 – God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
C. Creation Was a Free Act of God & He Takes Pleasure In It
God was not forced to create the universe by some force that was outside of Himself. This was something that He decreed to do and He takes pleasure in it.
Rev 4:11 – Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all
things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.
Ps 104:31 – Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works.
Ps 148:3-5 – Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.
God rejoices in His creation because they praise Him. They are a testimony to His greatness and power. Since most of creation is beyond the ability of mankind to see or make use of, there must be another purpose for it. There is, and it’s the highest purpose. The universe and all that is in it was created for God’s pleasure and enjoyment.
D. The Preservation of Creation
Preservation refers to the fact that what God created, He maintains. This planet and the entire universe is as safe as God is. Nothing, or no one can destroy that which God is caring for.
There is a lot of talk about how we are destroying our planet, however, that is impossible. Many people (not all) who really buy into this have put the creation above the Creator. God has a future use for this planet and nothing is going to happen to it until God is finished with it.
Rom 1:22-25 – Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
The Scriptures clearly teach that God take person interest in caring for all of creation. If He wasn’t personally involved, the universe would have gone out of existence long ago.
Col 1:16-17 – For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Heb 1:3 – And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power…
E. The Tremendous Battle Over Creationism
The reason why there is such a major battle over God being the creator of the universe, is because what creating the universe has ability to prove. Creation has the ability of manifesting many of God’s wonderful characteristics and attributes. If you take the creation act away from God and assign it to evolution, where there doesn’t even need to be a God, you take away the opportunity of seeing God in all His power and majesty.
Ps 19:1-2 – The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.
Ps 104:24 – O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.
Is 40:26 – Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
Rom 1:20 – For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
The universe and all that is in it did not come to be as a result of random chance, but it came to be as the result of the Almighty God. Removing God from the picture doesn’t do away with the truth of what the Word of God clearly teaches. If you deny God as creator, you may as well throw out the whole Bible. How could you trust it in all that it says about salvation, eternal life and Jesus, etc.
It is not a minor flaw to deny the Biblical account of creation. If it is not true as stated in the Scriptures, then God has lied to us and can’t be trusted in anything He has said.