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8-14-22 Creation–Great Themes of the Bible

Creation–Great Themes of the Bible

David Peterson

Great Themes of the Bible / Creation / Genesis 1:1–2:3; Hebrews 1:1–2

Sermon Type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: The Creation account in Genesis is a revelation of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, revealing his Purpose and Plan, his Principle and Pattern, and his Provision and Power.

Introduction

1. Great themes of the Bible

2. We look to the Bible because of Christ

3. We look to the Bible because we recognize God’s voice and authority

the classic theological assertion: sertion: The Father creates the world, through the Son, by his Spirit.

Stanley J. Grenz. Theology for the Community of God (Kindle Locations 1657-1659). Kindle Edition.

I. Creation Reveals God’s Purpose and Plan (Genesis 1:1-2)

1. God’s Purpose to Reveal His Glory. Love is the pinnacle of his glory.

The ultimate end of creation is the glory of God. The apostle John records: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11). Because God created all things from nothing by His Word and will, the entire creation is a manifestation of His almighty power. The prophet Jeremiah confessed: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17).

Koehler, Edward W.A.. A Summary of Christian Doctrine: A Popular Presentation of the Teachings of the Bible, 3rd Edition . Concordia Publishing House. Kindle Edition.

Creation is the theater of God’s glory and the medium that expresses his infinite power, wisdom, and goodness. God is moved to create for no other reason than his glory and his goodness, that is, his love.

Bird, Michael F.; Bird, Michael F.. Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction . Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

John Calvin, Institutes, 1.5.6: “Moreover, if it be asked what cause induced him to create all things at first, and now inclines him to preserve them, we shall find that there could be no other cause than his own goodness.”

2. A Central Theme of the Creation Account: God is the source of Form

3. Form brings flourishing

Paul, for example, differentiates between the Father and the Son in the divine work of creation, and he attributes to the Father the function of source: “for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live” (1 Cor. 8:6).

Stanley J. Grenz. Theology for the Community of God (Kindle Locations 1661-1663). Kindle Edition.

Along this line it was Thomas Aquinas who wrote: “Thus God the Father effects creation by his Word, who is the Son, and by his love, who is the Holy Spirit. Thus it is the procession of Persons that cause the generation of creatures, to the extent that they include attributes of being, namely, knowing and willing.”

Bird, Michael F.; Bird, Michael F.. Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction . Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

II. Creation Reveals God’s Principle and Pattern (Genesis 1:3)

The Son is the logos, the unitive principle of all things, the principle of creation.

Stanley J. Grenz. Theology for the Community of God (Kindle Locations 1698-1701). Kindle Edition.

14. What do we mean when we say, “God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

In the beginning God created heaven and earth by the power of his Word. Gen. 1:1; Ps. 33:6; Heb. 11:3.

Psalm 33:6 (NKJV)

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

1. The Perfect, Eternal form is Christ submitting himself in love to the will of the father.

2. We find our flourishing in love—both give and receiving from each other, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21)

3. God’s Purpose to Share His Love with His Creatures for eternity as we enter into the Son’s relation to the Father.

III. Creation Reveals God’s Provision and Power (Genesis 1:2)

1. The power that gives shape to reality and leads it to its true form is the Spirit

2. The Spirit in the NT is the Power for living into God’s Pattern, the principle of all creation, the mind and will of Christ.

3. The pattern is good, right, and true—(Ephesians 5:8-9)

8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true) ESV

Conclusion

If God’s will is to love creation, then the Triune God is committed to ensuring the triumph of that love over all adversity through the same agents that brought creation into being. In other words, procession implies mission, as the God who freely creates also freely loves through Word and Spirit. The immanent procession of Son and Spirit from the Father results in the economic mission of Son and Spirit in redemption.

Bird, Michael F.; Bird, Michael F.. Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction . Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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