Bible Passage: Genesis 1
What can we learn about Jesus from the story of creation, a story where God takes a world that is covered in darkness and death and transforms it into a world that is filled with life? Does the story of creation foretell the gospel redemption of Jesus? The apostle Paul clearly thought so! In 2 Corinthians 5:27, Paul said that every person who believes in Jesus is like a “new creation.” At the beginning of creation, the world was dead and covered in darkness. But then the Word of God was spoken, and life-giving light shined in darkness! Paul says that, in the beginning, we were like the world. Our hearts were dead in our trespasses and sins, and we were walking in darkness. But then the Word of God was spoken, and the life-giving light of Jesus shined in our hearts, making us a new creation!
Listen to Dr. Warren Gage & Dr. Robey Barnes discuss the creation story, and how it teaches the gospel by pointing us to the suffering and glory of Jesus!
The Gospel Connections
In Luke 24, Jesus taught his disciples that every story in the Bible points directly to him! He explained that we simply need to look for the gospel pattern of “suffering followed by glory.” That is, we need to look for something that points to his suffering on the cross, followed by something that points to the glory of his resurrection! Use the gospel chart below to help you find “the story within the story!”
The Story of Creation
The Story of Jesus
1. In Genesis 1:1, God at first created a world that was dead, covered in darkness and a briny deep (Gen 1:1-2).
1. We were dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1), walking in darkness (Eph 5:8).
2. The Spirit of God moved upon the waters (Gen 1:2).
2. The Spirit of God moved upon us (John 16:7-14).
3. The Word of God was spoken (Gen 1:3).
3. The Word of the Gospel was spoken (1 John 1:1).
4. The Light shined in darkness (Gen 1:3-4).
4. The Light shined in darkness (2 Cor 4:6).
5. God finished his new creation (Gen 2:1).
5. Jesus finished our redemption (John 19:30), and we became a new creation (2 Cor 5:17).
Gospel Study Notes
The Apostle Paul draws a direct connection between creation and redemption when he says, “God, who commanded light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 4:6). The apostle furthermore proclaims, “If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). The Creator God (Elohim) is also our Redeemer God (Yahweh). Redemption, then, is a kind of new creation. It moves from darkness to light and from death to life. Metaphorically, the gospel moves from suffering to glory (Luke 24:26).
- Redemption, like creation, is wholly the work of God. We receive his grace through faith. We respond with gratitude, praise, and obedience. Interestingly, the Book of Job describes the angels (the sons of God) rejoicing at the work of the Creator God in the beginning (Job 38:7). Similarly, whenever a sinner finds repentance, the heavenly angels celebrate the work of the Redeemer God (Luke 15:10). God’s purpose was always to win our hearts by redemption. Creation is the cosmic display of his eternal wisdom and power, which alone can save us, just as he alone created us!
- Try to imagine the height and depth and length and breadth of space. Immanuel Kant observed that our minds are not made to conceive of the limits of space and time. Why then did the Lord create a cosmos so vast, so limitlessly beyond our limited comprehension?
- David said that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s mercy toward us (Psa 103:11). God takes the most hurtful and shameful things done against us and hurls them as far away from us as the heights are above the depths!
- David assures us that God will remove our sins from us even as far as the east is from the west (Psa 103:12). God casts away from us the evil things we have done as far as space and time can separate remembrance from oblivion!
- Only God can open the eyes of our understanding to comprehend what is the width and length and depth and height of the love of Christ—given freely to us to enjoy with him in a paradise of promises where an age of years is just a wink of time!
Surely the kindness of God invites us to repentance (Rom 2:14)! We can begin all new—once again, and forever (2 Cor 5:17)!
- Many of the “stars” we see in the skies are really galaxies of stars! Astronomers estimate that there are approximately one hundred million stars in each galaxy. There are estimates that the number of galaxies may number in the hundreds of millions.In the Bible, the Lord appeals to the stars to show his ability to keep his promises and his power to save. He tells Abraham that his promise to him of a seed will be that he will have children as numerous as the stars in the sky. “Look toward the heaven,” God said to Abraham, ”and number the stars, if you are able to count them. So shall your seed be!” (Gen 15:5). What promises has the Lord made to you? Is he who made the stars not able to keep them?
In the Bible, the Lord also appeals to the stars to encourage the downtrodden and the discouraged. “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these (stars),” the Lord says. “By the greatness of his might, because of the strength of his power!” (Isa 40:26). If God can speak the stars into being and set them in motion with his will, is there anything he cannot do? Is there anyone so lost he can’t be found? Is there any bondage whose chains he can’t break? Is there any wound too deep for him to heal?
The Creator God calls all the stars by name (Isa 40:26), and the Redeemer Lord calls all his sheep by name (John 10:3)! He calls you by name! He is the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd “lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:14-15). How precious is the price of your soul if the Lord who made the stars laid down his own life as a ransom for you? “For you were redeemed…not with gold or silver or perishable things, but with the precious blood of Christ!” (1 Peter 1:18-19). “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17)!
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