- The Trinity: God the Father, Jesus as Creator (John 1:3; Colossians 1:6; Hebrews 1:2), and the Holy Spirit
- Adam & Eve
GENESIS (means “beginning”)
Everything has to have a beginning, so we will really begin our study in the beginning of the Bible. I just said that everything has a beginning, yet God is the exception to this rule and does not have a beginning—because He is God. The Bible opens with an introduction to the eternal God who has always been and always will be. He was not created by anyone, and He created everything from nothing.
The book of Genesis begins with God speaking everything into existence. With little effort, God created everything over the span of six days, which I believe to be literal 24-hour days. He made the galaxies that make up all of outer space, the earth we live on, and all the plants and animals on this earth. God then created mankind—His masterpiece—whom He formed into His own likeness with His own hands, and He breathed His breath of life into man (Gen. 2:7).
Mankind is set apart from the rest of creation by the fact that we are created in God’s image. Like God, we have emotions, intellect, and creativity. We’re made from dirt (Psalm 103:14) so our value is not found in our physical components that make up our bodies, but in the fact that we’re made in God’s image with an eternal soul. In Job 33:4, Job says, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” You and I are special in God’s eyes because He made us in His image and desires to be in a personal relationship with each of us.
These two chapters cover one week in time, but they are foundational in our understanding of who God is, where we come from, and who we are in God’s eyes. For six days God simply spoke everything we see and so much more into existence. What God made in that week was perfect and in His words, “very good.” The word “created” used in Gen.1:1 means “made without pre-existing material.” God literally created everything out of nothing. This fact alone should leave us in awe of God’s amazing power and creativity!