A New Look at Genesis

       

         I had been reading a book lately called Already Gone (Master Books) that is about why children are turned off by church and why they drift away and rarely come back once they become young adults with their own families.  But one of the statements they made in the book is about the theory of evolution and why it is so prominent in today’s educational system and why there is such a push to “prove” evolution and discredit creation.  What the book said was that if one could cast doubt on creation, as is stated in Genesis, then doubt can be cast on everything else after that.  If there was no creation, then there was no fall of man.  If there was no fall of man, then there is no need for a Savior.  Genesis, and the creation account, are the pillars and the pinnacle of the rest of the Bible’s doctrine.  They all have their genesis (no pun intended) in the creation story as found in the Book of Genesis.  The creation account is loaded with doctrine and theology!

             But as I studied the creation account in Genesis, I found something incredibly interesting.  Like most accounts in the Bible, the creation account has a spiritual application to it.  It doesn’t jump out at you at first, but once you start on the right track, it all falls into place.  Of all the revelations God has provided me from His Word, this has to be, by far, the most exciting one for me.  So there’s no way I can, in good conscience, not share it with you, so you can be blessed by this as well.  There is a spiritual application to every day of the creation account that corresponds to a period of time in the Christian’s life, from the moment of new birth until they enter eternity.  Do yourself a favor, and take a moment if you can, to read the Genesis account of creation, and then read on.  I’m only going to highlight the Genesis verses, and spend more time on the spiritual applications and their supporting scriptures.

             DAY ONE:  God said, “Let there be light.”  The world was without form.  It was void.  It was empty.  Our lives were empty and void before we got saved.  We had no sense of purpose.  Before we allowed the light of Christ into our lives, we walked in darkness (Romans 2:19; Ephesians 5:8; 1st Peter 2:9).  But once we accepted Christ, we became a new creature (a new creation perhaps).  God caused the light of Christ to shine in us.  “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” (2nd Corinthians 4:6).  It was God that put light into a dark world on the first day of creation and it’s God that put light into our dark lives at the moment of salvation.  But then, on the first day, God separated the light from the darkness.  One of the first things we need to be sensitive to after we are saved is the doctrine of separation.  After all, what fellowship has light with darkness (2nd Corinthians 6:14)?  And we need to learn separation early on because the Bible warns us that evil communications will corrupt good manners (1st Corinthians 15:33).

             DAY TWO:  Here is one of the aspects of creation that many scholars differ on, but in any case, essentially the waters were separated and some remained on the earth while some became the firmament, suspended over the atmosphere where the birds would fly (Day Five).  Now, one of the beliefs is that this vast expanse of suspended water acted as a greenhouse.  The first characteristic of water I want to remind you of is that it is powerful.  Once we got saved, it was just the beginning of the work of God in us.  Remember God’s promise that the work He began in you, He will complete…in His power (Philippians 1:6).  Your spiritual growth as a Christian will can only be done in the power of God.  Like Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  Water has power, and the firmament is indicative of God’s power to bring about the necessary changes in your life after salvation.  But what does a greenhouse do?  It makes the environment suitable for growth.  So too, does God make conditions right for growth now that we are saved.  The discerning power of the Holy Spirit now readies our hearts to learn and be led by the power and wisdom of God.

             DAY THREE:  It’s important that God separated the sea from the land, because now he begins growing vegetation.  The most important aspect of this vegetation is the presence of the fruit on the earth.  The Bible says each manner of fruit contains the seeds within them to bring forth their own kind.  Amazing when you realize that at the moment of salvation we become the first-fruits of God.  Not only that, but the analogy takes on more meaning when we realize that we ourselves, as first-fruits, contain the seeds of the gospel within us, that we can sow, to bring forth more of our own kind (Christians).  Paul said some plant (the seeds of the gospel) others water those seeds, but, it’s God that gives the increase.  But before seeds can grow, there needs to be soil, which God is able to cultivate, so that others’ hearts can receive the seeds we are to sow (read the parable of the sower and the seed in Luke 8:4-8).  Again, early on in our Christian life, we are called on to share the gospel (Mark 16:15)!  God hasn’t even completed his work is us yet, in fact, it’s relatively early still, but we are to sow the seeds of the gospel to bring forth our own kind (Christians)!

             DAY FOUR:  God created moons and stars and other heavenly bodies to fill the skies during both the daytime and nighttime.  God wanted them to be a sign for seasons and days and years.  Do you know what spiritual significance that has for the Christian?  We are to understand and develop a sense of time, and realize that time frames on this earth are finite.  Time frames on this earth are limited.  We are introduced to the concepts of finality and terminality.  There are ends of the days.  There are ends of the weeks.  There are ends of the night.  There are ends of lives.  Once God impresses on our hearts that we must sow the seeds of the gospel, He will then give us a realization of the degree of urgency to which we must sow.  John 4:9 says, “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day:  the night cometh, when no man can work.”  There will come an end to our days, when we will no longer have the opportunity to sow seeds.  There is finality to our time of ministry as Christians, and that’s what Day Four reminds us of.

             DAY FIVE:  The spiritual application of Day Five eluded me for days.  I read the account and the reread the account several times.  I kept praying for God to reveal it to me.  What is the significance of aquatic life, birds, and eventually animal life (Day Six)?  What did they have to do with a Christian’s spiritual life and development?  Then, it came to me that I should read ahead to Chapter two, and there was the answer…crystal clear!  Genesis 2:19-20 says that God brought every living creature to Adam so that Adam could give them all names.  Once Adam was all done giving them names, the Bible tells us that there was none that was meet for him.  They all lacked something Adam needed to be fulfilled.  So, taking that point, do you realize that the unsaved world and all that it has to offer can’t bring us satisfaction and fulfillment as Christians?  Shouldn’t we, at this point in our Christian lives, desire fellowship with likeminded believers?  Will the world sharpen us like a fellow believer will (Proverbs 27:17)?  Will we find satisfaction with unbelievers?  Will we realize that evil communications will corrupt good manners (1st Corinthians 15:33)?  At this point, God’s five days into creation and in our spiritual walk as a Christian, we are at a point where God should be able to see much of His handiwork in our lives.  So as time runs out on our unsaved family and friends, we should desire that they become new creations themselves, thus allowing us to enjoy sweet fellowship with them that was otherwise lacking.  Remember to pray, because God saw Adam’s sadness over the lack of true fellowship, and He made a new creation (Eve).  God can give the increase of seeds sown in your family’s lives, and you too can begin having sweet fellowship with those with whom you were not able to before as God saves them.

             DAY SIX:  God has now desired to create man in His own image. God created man with a sense of spirituality having godly attributes.  James 1:9 says that we were created after the similitude of God.  Romans 8:29 reminds us that we are to be conformed to the image of His Son.  That means that as we continue to experience God’s creative work in our lives from the moment of salvation onward, we should be experiencing the sanctification process.  That’s important to understand because as we go further and further into the sanctification process, we should begin having more and more victories over sin in this life.  Remember that in Genesis 1:29 God told Adam to have dominion over all the creatures in the sea, land, and air.  Remember also that none of those things satisfied Adam, and as we struggle with resisting the urge to get involved with those things that don’t satisfy us, God says we can have victory over those things.  He promised that He dwells in us and that He is greater than anything that tempts us in the world (1st John 4:4).  By having dominion over those things that tempt, they should not rule over us.

             Day six also has other important considerations as it relates to us maturing in our Christian walk.  In Genesis 1:29, God also told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful”…”multiply”…and “subdue” the earth.  Do you see that those three commands are separate?  We, as Christians, are to be a fruit-baring people.  That is, we are to sow seeds and water seeds (with prayer) and win converts under the guidance of God’s power.  But if we are to “multiply,” we must be not just fruit bearing people, but we must now be a MORE fruit-bearing people.  Not only that, but if we are ever to subdue the earth with Christians, we must all become MUCH fruit-baring people!  Now for ourselves and our new converts, God has blessed us with provisions for spiritual food, much the way he allowed Adam and Eve to freely eat any of the creatures he created (Genesis 1:30).  We are to desire the sincere MILK of the Word while we are but babes in Christ (1st Peter 2:2), but later on we are also to partake in the strong MEAT of the Word as we grow (Hebrews 5:14).

             Now the biggest parallel that exists between the creation account in Genesis and the development of a Christian life is found in Genesis 1:31, when God says that everything was VERY good.  That’s the only time in the entire account that God uses the term VERY good.  I used to think God thought it was VERY good because He made man that day.  But after reading it carefully, I realized it was referring to ALL that God had made.  So, do you know what that means?  That means that at the end of our Christian life, we want God to look back on all He did in our lives and say it was VERY good.  The Bible supports this notion.  In Matthew 25:21, what does it say?  “Well done thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”  Did you catch that?  “Well done” and “Very good” can be interchanged and not lose any meaning.  In other words, when God looks over all He was able to create in you from the moment of salvation forward, he wants to be able to say in the end that it was “very good!”

             DAY SEVEN:  On the seventh day God rested from all His works.  After everything was done, God rested.  Understand that all the work God does in our lives as we grow as Christians, will culminate in the finished work of total sanctification when we enter into eternity.  God will rest from His completed work in us.  We will rest from our labors of struggling with sin and toiling with growing spiritually.  Just as God rested from all His works, so shall we rest eternally from all our works.  Listen to what Hebrews 4:9-10 says, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.”  That sums up the parallel between our Christian development and Genesis 2:1-3.

             I can’t tell you how exciting it was to find this revelation of the parallel of creation and the development of the Christian life!  I’ve never heard that message preached before, so I can honestly say that it was from the guidance of the Holy Spirit directing me to study Genesis One.  And you know what?  That’s humbling!  I’m not trying to be pious…I mean it.  To have God take the time to show that to me is extremely humbling and a bit unnerving at the same time.  When that happens, you just hope that you do with it what God wants you to.  So, I didn’t want to sit on this revelation.  I just had to share it.  I hope it proved to be a blessing to you.

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