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.
The Bible says that God is love. This means that His nature is one of perfect love, and that He always acts out of love for us.
We see this in the book of John, where Jesus says: “For God so loved the world…that he sent his only begotten Son.” The word “only” here means that there is no other person like Jesus who can give us salvation. And yet, He did it!
We also see it in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians when he writes: “God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” God wanted us to be saved, even before we were born!
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.”
Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 7 helpful votes
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 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. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …
Genesis 2:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 ESV / 4 helpful votes
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
Romans 1:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
Acts 16:1-40 ESV / 4 helpful votes
Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. …
Zechariah 14:1-21 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. …
Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes
I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.
Proverbs 31:6-7 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
Exodus 21:22-25 ESV / 3 helpful votes
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
Genesis 6:1-22 ESV / 3 helpful votes
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. …
Revelation 20:1-15 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. …
Revelation 13:1-18 ESV / 2 helpful votes
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. …