A NEW CREATION
2017 Bob Freeman

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. Genesis 1:1-13.

I. We can't make the facts of creation as presented in Genesis harmonize with Evolutionism.

     1. Each of the first six days was marked by evening and morning.

    2. The earth was created first with surrounding space of the heavens. From God's perspective, the earth is the center of the logical universe, even if it might not be the physical center.

    3. God created light the first day when the earth, covered with water, was completely dark. Since he didn't create the sun and the other stars until the fourth day, the first light had to be supernatural. Evolutionism can allow only for the light that we consider to be natural; that is, light emitted from an object such as a star or a burning piece of wood. ...or, maybe a light bulb that is consuming electrical energy.

    4. Either the first reference to the waters meant that the earth had a solid covering of ice, or the water was kept in liquid form by heat from the Spirit of God that moved upon the face of the waters.

    5. God commanded the earth to bring forth vegetation on the third day when there was no sun. The only light was the supernatural light that shined only during the intervals called "day." The supernatural light also probably was a heat source.

Either we believe the wishful thinking of Evolutionists or we believe the word of God.
 
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A New Creation (cont)

II. The first three days of creation picture the salvation of one of God's people.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
II Corinthians 5:17.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
II Corinthians 5:20.

  The word creature in II Corinthians 5:17 stands for a Greek word that literally means creation and the verse is stating that one that is in Christ has a new standing with God; not that he no longer has to deal with the old physical world. And, God gives him an awareness of a spiritual realm that he needs to learn about. The Greek text reads literally Therefore if any one be in Christ there is a new creation...... The rest of the chapter tells us why we should do our part in reconciling ourselves to God by making our condition more and more in line with our standing in Christ. God already has reconciled us to himself by his works as Christ Jesus.
    Although God created the earth and its surrounding space before he created light, the record states that God saw the light that it was good. In other words, the goodness of the light is emphasized. In later days of creation, the statement is merely God saw that it was good. This is a fitting difference, given that the light represents the Lord:

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12.

Paul, in writing to the church at Corinth, mentions the first recorded supernatural light:

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 4:3-6.

For a sinner to be saved, he must be able to see and accept spiritual concepts that he previously refused to see. The supernatural light that God shines in our hearts gives us those abilities.

Then, in the letter to Titus:

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Titus 3:5.

The moving of the Spirit of God on the face of the waters should remind us of the washing of regeneration and the renewing by the Holy Spirit. And we must keep in mind the first part of Titus 3:5. If we think baptism is necessary for our salvation, then we have to be considering it to be a work of righteousness; and, according to that verse, it has no part in salvation. Baptism is our initiation into the Body of Christ, which is the church as an institution. We should become members of churches so that we can worship God as assemblies and receive suitable instruction.

  The separation of the water in the clouds from the surface water pictures the word of God as being far superior to any words of people:

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 55:9-11.

And, the dividing of the seas should remind us that the separation of God's people from the old world is appropriate to our standing in Christ:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
II Corinthians 6:14-17.

Note that verse 16 of the passage from II Corinthians states that ye are the temple of the living God. And, ye is the second personal pronoun plural. The reference is to the believers at Corinth as a church. The literal translation of the statement is ye are temple of the living God and would be stated in English as ye are a temple of the living God.
 
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A New Creation (cont)

    In the letter to the church at Ephesus, God's word speaks of condemning works as being done in darkness and fruitful works as done in the light:

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Ephesians 5:8-14.

    On the day of creation that God caused dry land to separate the seas, he created vegetation on the dry land. That vegetation which was heated and illuminated by the supernatural light is a symbol of the fruitfulness that God wants in his people. And, we have a part in producing the fruit of the spirit by separating ourselves from the world and the ways of the world. God made three divisions (separations) during the first three days of creation: light from darkness, the surface water from the water of the clouds and the dry land from the seas. Those three separations picture the ways that believers are to separate themselves from the world: not doing the works suitable to darkness, giving due honor to God and his word and being physically separated from the world in our worship. God does all of the work required for salvation. We have to decide how much we want to enjoy that salvation by reconciling ourselves to God; that is, by striving to make our condition be in accord with our standing.

III. The last three days of creation and the heavenly environment.

    The last three days of creation begin with God's setting the sun, moon and stars in place to provide the light that we consider to be natural, with the sun providing light and heat that are necessary to support all natural life. However, Revelation 21:23 states that God himself, in the person of Christ, will be the light of heaven; just as he provided supernatural light before he created the heavenly bodies of the physical world:

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

The first manifestation of light was supernatural in origin and represents God in human flesh that was conceived supernaturally. His light gave us salvation and will light our eternal home.
    God's word includes occasional references to angelic beings; i.e., angels, cherubim and seraphim. Those references could be to prepare us for the time when we will see those beings in heaven. If so, the creation of animate life during the fifth and sixth days would represent them. And, the creation of humans in physical form should remind us that we will have spiritual bodies in heaven that correspond to our physical bodies on earth.

IV. The last three days of creation and the gospel.

    Just as the first three days of creation seem to illustrate God's sovereign will in the matter of his election of some to salvation, the last three days should remind us that anyone that rejects the gospel is ignoring the facts of God's creation.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:18.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Psalm 19:1.

The verses in Romans and Psalm 19 state clearly that supernatural light is not necessary for anyone to realize that God exists and is more intelligent and physically powerful than we can imagine. Any human being can escape spiritual death by faith in the God that has manifested his existence in his creation. No one has an excuse for his refusal to believe that God exists and will keep his promises to save those that put their faith in those promises and to condemn those that refuse to believe his words.

Bob Freeman

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