The Bible is all about creation and re-creation. And the gospel in a nutshell reflects this reality: God is creator. This is the good news! It is the first thing we read about God in the Bible and it is the last thing we need to cling to in our present flood of chaos. The fact that God is creator lets us know that it is God’s nature to create; His ability to create is our salvation. Salvation (properly understood) is God creating anew. If God created in the beginning, he can create now. And if God can create in our present, then he can surely create everything anew in the future. Just as the Bible begins it concludes—with God as creator. Remember the last section of Revelation: “Behold I will make all things new!” (Rev. 21:5).
Let’s ponder Genesis 1:1 some more: “In the beginning God created…” Again, the good news is that “God is.” And because he is, he creates. God is a God who creates and his creative works did not end with the creation of the heavens and the earth. Many people view God in a deistic way—they think that once the seventh day was finished God stopped working; he ceased all creating on earth. Their idea is that he made the “watch” and now it functions without the watchmaker. The truth is the creation of the heavens and the earth is only a small illustration of his greatest creative work—our salvation in Jesus Christ. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). As we continue to read the story of creation, we learn that Adam and Eve turned from their Father—they let something else in that did not have its origin in God. Because of this fall, the foundations of the heavens and earth were cracked and destruction seeped into God’s perfect creation.
Praise be to the Lord who is committed to his creation! He is still creator and he has not fallen asleep. Instead he has been working to this very day. Jesus made this clear when he said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” (John 5:17). Jesus said this when he was challenged about working on the Sabbath. The truth is the Sabbath cannot come to creation unless God is at work. His work did not end with the present visible creation of the heavens and earth. Right now he is working on a “new heavens and a new earth,” and its already being manifested on earth (Isa. 65:17; Rev. 21:1). This new creation is the rule of his kingdom that is being created in the same way the old heavens and earth were created—through his Word and the activity of his Spirit.
Prayer: Father, you are always at work and you will always be creative. You haven’t given up on creation because of our sin. Instead, you are constantly creating people anew in Christ Jesus and making them ready for the new heavens and new earth. I thank you for your work in me and I ask you to continue it––continue it through your powerful Word spoken into my soul and your Spirit breathing ever in me.