A Parallel of Two Creations in the first four verses of the Bible
Genesis 1:1 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. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
Verse 1 - In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
God created all things… There was no work you or I did in relation to creation. Mankind had nothing to do with it. We did not even take our first breath… God breathed into Adam. In a similar way we cannot become a new creation in Christ Jesus by our works. We cannot quicken ourselves with our own will. A dead man can not choose to be made alive. God has to reach down to us while we are yet without strength… and the Creator creates.
Romans 9:16 says: So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
Verse 2 - The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.
Like the earth… for us there was a time when we were not yet Created new in Christ Jesus… Spiritually in our heart there was a void, and darkness covered the face of the deep.
Verse 2 (part 2) - And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
The Spirit of God hovered over our heart as well.
Verse 3 - And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God is sovereign over his calling, his grace and mercy. It was as though God said let there be trust. We responded in trust and there was light.
Ephesians 2:8 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Verse 4 - And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
We know that God is doing a practical work in us today if we love Jesus and see his light as good. If we find our delight in him and his Word then he is separating the light from the darkness in our lives.
Does the Creation story in Genesis really points to Jesus? Well, to start with it was through Jesus that the first creation came about. John 1:3 it says: Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
And it is Paul who makes a parallel of the first creation to a new creation in Jesus in 2ndCorinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
And also it was all because of Jesus that we are a new creation.
2ndCorinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
We are his creation, a work in progress. It took God 6 days to create the world and then he rested but he is working on us much longer. He is creating a masterpiece and he will complete it at the day of Jesus Christ and be glorified.
Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
If we delight in Jesus, in him paying the wages of our sins on the Cross and rising to be our defense in judgment. If we love his Word and the things of the kingdom of God, and hate our sin turning away when we fail always returning to the Cross… If the view of our Lord holds us, our attention, our hopes and desires instead of us trying to hold our own salvation by preforming well; if it is all about Jesus and not us… then you are my fellow brother and sister in Christ. You are my friend, and a new Creation in Christ Jesus. May Jesus be all our only sure hope and best joy this very day.