Some Implications of Creation


Our Bible reading for this week included passages from the early chapters of Genesis, including the account of creation. It reminded me that creation has enormously important implications that help form our worldview—our understanding of the world, who we are as human beings, and our relationship to the Creator.

Creation is one of the ways God has revealed himself. David wrote about how the glory of God is reflected in the created order. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1-6). The apostle Paul argued that certain attributes of God are made evident in the creation, namely, his “eternal power and divine nature” (Rom. 1:20).

Creation speaks to the principle of God’s sovereignty over all things. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and earth is yours” (1 Chron. 29:10-12). “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Ps. 115:3).

Creation makes God worthy of worship. “Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (Ps. 95:6). “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created” (Rev. 4:11). Creation shows that God, and God alone, is worthy of our praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. Of course, all this reminds us of God’s special interest in us as human beings.

Creation shows God’s special relationship with mankind. This was the culmination of God’s creative work because mankind was made in God’s own image and likeness (Gen. 1:27-30). The physical universe was made for man’s good and enjoyment. Man’s relationship with the creation was his dominion over and stewardship of what God had made.

God’s creation is an indication of his desire to be in fellowship with mankind whom he made in his image. His creation included personal beings who could know him and respond to him. God’s highest purpose in creation was to be glorified by beings who could acknowledge God’s glory as manifested in his works, and who could praise him on account of it. The blessings and beauty of the things God created were for us to enjoy. But we are to enjoy them especially as gifts from the God who loves us. More important than enjoying the gift is enjoying and loving the Giver himself. It’s been said that without the presence of rational creatures, the world would be like a book with no reader, a voice with no one to hear, a work of art with no one to appreciate it, or a beautiful house with no inhabitant. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (Jas. 1:17).

God’s creation ultimately reminds us of his new creation in Christ. God is the great giver of life, light, and love. But his creative power is not seen just in the creation of the world and of mankind. We see it in his promise of the new creation in Christ. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Eph. 2:10). “If anyone in Christ, he is a new creature; the only things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Dan Petty