In the beginning

Genesis 1:1-2. World English Bible (WEB) 1. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. 2. The Earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters."

In the beginning, God! What an incredible statement! What an incredible way to start out the narrative, the Word of God, the Bible – in the beginning, God! Before anything else existed, God was! There is no word here for the English word ‘is’. The word is understood in the original language, and has no tense, that is, past, present, or future. God was, is, and will be, all at the same time. Yet, in the beginning, God!

God created! The universe did not have a tremendous hiccup, or a belch, and spew out the Earth from nothing. God created the heavens and earth. Notice that the word ‘heavens’ is plural. There is more than one heaven. The first heaven is the Earth, where, if we could jump ahead for just a moment, God created the Garden and placed Adam. The second heaven is the sky, the place in which the clouds, not yet formed, exist. The third Heaven is that place, that spiritual realm, in which God exists, dwells, and has His Being.

2 Corinthians 12:2-4. 2. “I (Paul) know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the
body, I don’t know, or whether out of the body, I don’t know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third Heaven. 3. I know such a man (whether in the body, or outside of the body, I don’t know; God knows), 4. how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

Notice that in the beginning, the Earth was without form and void, darkness was upon the face of the Earth. God’s work of creation had only just begun. How many of the Persons of the Trinity were involved in this Creation? Notice that the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. This is the first mention in God’s Word of the Holy Spirit, whose role in this creation was apparently to hover over the face of the waters.

Life is in the Spirit, and so the Spirit hovers, waiting to impart life into all that would be created. Without the breath of life, nothing that would be created would live and the Earth would have been a heap of Ezekiel’s dry bones. The Holy Spirit waited upon God the Father. So should we, waiting to be used by Him, not getting ahead of Him, and not looking back, as did Lot’s wife, but being on the cutting edge off what God is doing, and being used by Him, to breathe life, the breath of God, into this dead and dying world.

So, the work of creation involved more than just the Person of God the Father. A parallel account of creation may also be found in John 1:1-3. 1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. The same was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made through Him. Without Him was not anything made that has been made.” So, the second person of the Trinity, the Son of God, Jesus, was also involved in creation. All things were made through Him. The Word is Jesus and Jesus is the Word. So, all three persons of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, were involved in the Creation.

That will set us up for a phrase that will follow: Let Us make…

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