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PART 6: WHAT DID GOD DO?

18-December-2018 by Timothy Wanjohi

‘Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee’ – Nehemiah 9:6.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upRU-_Xv4Rc

 

From the recent posts (Parts 3, 4 and 5), we were able to see that God is His nature and His attributes. For God would not be known for who He is apart from what He is like. These are what constitute what God is. This God, being the triune God, created the world. He did it of His free will, temporally, out of nothing, in six literal days.

 

The Westminster Longer Catechism Question 15, describes the work of creation as that wherein God did in the beginning, by the Word of His power, make of nothing the world and all things therein for Himself, within the space of six literal days, and all very good. The Apostle’s Creed as many know it, expresses it this way in its first article: ‘I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.’

 

Louis Berkhof in Systematic Theology, page 129, clarifies that the Father takes initiative in the work of creation, and that is the reason it is often ascribed to Him economically. However, the Son and the Spirit are involved and not only as intermediaries, but as independent Authors together with the Father. Creation was done of the triune God. All things are at once out of the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

 

Concerning the Son, Scripture says ‘All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made’ (John 1:3). ‘But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him’ (1 Corinthians 8:6). ‘For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him’ (Colossians 1:16).

 

Concerning the Holy Spirit the Scripture says ‘And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters’ (Genesis 1:2). ‘By His Spirit He hath garnished the heavens…’ (Job 26:13). ‘Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His Hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being His counsellor hath taught Him’ (Isaiah 40:12-13)?

 

Of His free will:

 

In the post (Part 5: What is God like), there is a point I brought out from C. S. Lewis, that God was love in Himself before creation, so that everything He ever did including the creation of the world, was done out of love. Creation was not the main point I was making. I was simply explaining the reason that God is love. I would like to refute a common misunderstanding that ensues from the knowledge that God is love.

 

Those who hold that creation was a necessary act of God because of the nature of His goodness or love, argue wrongly that God ‘had to’ create the world. This misunderstanding would eventually lead man to strong-arming God because at the limits of its extension, this idea would cause man to think that God needed man, for God to receive the glory due to Him. This is the reason some have problems with the glory of God.

 

A couple of months before my writing of this post, I was in a fellowship where I had been invited to teach about Christian doctrine. My basis for the classes is the same basis for my entire blog; the chief end of man is the glory of God. I encountered hearts that were very hardened by that statement that I had to address it a few classes later, for it was very disturbing to them that God had created them ‘just’ to glorify Himself. They were not able to study with that lingering in their minds. They wanted some glory also. I could not believe it.

 

The reason people have a problem with God getting the glory is because they think they are the ones giving it to Him, as if when they did not, He would have less of it. Because people are sinners, they would want to deny Him the glory if He created them just to glorify Himself. To them it betrays God’s selfishness. And they would have nothing to do with it! They cannot be able to tell the difference between selfishness and self-love. They think God’s glory is at their expense, not knowing it is for their own good.

 

This rebellion comes from a lack of understanding about the two posts we addressed before this one (Part 4: Who is God, and Part 5: What is God like). It reduces God to finitude and judges Him on the basis of man’s fallen understanding, as if this infinitely loving, just, good God was capable of the same sin as man. If it were you creating something just to glorify yourself, we would make that case, because it would have a possible malevolent end.

 

This is proven by the fact that man suspects God of malevolence. He is placing Himself in God’s shoes with his sinful mind, and thinking that God doing something has the same meaning as if the man himself was doing it. Therefore, people get angry at God because they think God is using them, and that without their consent. This rebellion exposes the heart of man. His anger is an expression of His judgment of God. We must be careful if we should continue to entertain aggressive thoughts towards God.

 

If man was the end of himself, he would be guilty of the thoughts he is accusing God of. And how guilty man always proves himself to be. That fellowship could not contain me for a month. When I left, they rejoiced. Why? Because God did not have to be glorified any longer. And I would give you details of their self-glorification if it was the main goal. Man when he gets the opportunity, does not even choose the well-being of mankind as his end. Yet that and the glory of God would be better than himself.

 

People also view the hardships of mankind in this world and the eternal damnation of some as reason to continue objecting to God’s glory. It is not the creation of God, but the sin of man, which is the reason why people will be condemned. If His justice is glorified in the problems of this world, it is man living in a sinful world that is the problem. If by the plight of wicked men in hell, it is not that they are His creation but that they sinned, that got them there.

 

All the same, we should know that if God had not created anything, He would have never needed anything for eternity. He created the world not out of the necessity of His nature, but out of His free will. ‘God works all things according to the counsel of His will’ (Ephesians 1:11). He created it all for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11).

 

Temporally:

 

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). It was at the beginning that God did it. Many ask questions like what was God doing for all eternity before the creation? Why did God not create at once if He had the will to do it? Why create at that specific moment and so on so forth? I will not labour you with all the details in here. But there are two theories that are offered to answer these questions which you can study on your own. The theory of eternal creation, and the theory of subjectivity of time and eternity.

 

However, the answer is in understanding how time and eternity relate. We need to apprehend that time did not exist before creation. Time is a physical property that was created with space and matter. Eternity is not a long time. It is the absence of time. This should immediately solve the problem with assuming an eternity of the inactivity of God before creation. Refer to the teachings I shared from Dr. Chuck Missler in previous blogs.

 

Out of nothing:

 

‘For, lo, He that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is His name’ (Amos 4:13). ‘Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear’ (Hebrews 11:3).

 

‘By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth’ (Psalm 33:6). ‘O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.  So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom Thou hast made to play therein’ (Psalm 104:24-26).

 

In six literal days:

 

In The Answers Book Updated and Explained written by Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati and Carl Wieland, Edited by Don Batten, Ph. D., pages 25-27, a treatment of the word ‘Yom’ is given, which is the word for ‘day’ in Hebrew, given in Genesis 1. It gives bullet points as follows:

 

  • A typical concordance will illustrate that yom can have a range of meanings: a period of light contrasted to a night, a 24-hour period, time, a specific point of time, or a year.
  • A classical, well respected Hebrew-English lexicon (a one-way dictionary) has seven headings and many subheadings for the meaning of yom – but defines the creation of Genesis 1 as ordinary days under the heading ‘day as defined by evening and morning.’
  • A number and the phrase ‘evening and morning’ are used for each of the six days of creation (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31).
  • Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with a number 410 times, and each time it means an ordinary day. Why would Genesis 1 be the exception?
  • Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with the word ‘evening’ or ‘morning’ 23 times. ‘Evening’ and ‘morning’ appear in association, but without yom, 38 times. All 61 times the text refers to an ordinary day. Why would Genesis 1 be an exception?
  • In Genesis 1:5, yom occurs in context with the word ‘night.’ Outside of Genesis 1, ‘night’ is used with yom 53 times – and each time it means an ordinary day. Why would Genesis 1 be the exception? Even the usage of the word ‘light’ with yom in this passage determines the meaning as ordinary day.
  • The plural of yom, which does not appear in Genesis 1, can be used to communicate a longer time period, e.g., ‘in those days.’ Adding a number here would be nonsensical. Clearly, in Exodus 20:11 where a number is used with days, it unambiguously refers to six Earth-rotation-days.
  • There are words in Biblical Hebrew (Such as olam or qedem) that are very suitable for communicating long periods of time, or indefinite time, but none of these words are used in Genesis 1. Alternatively, the days or years could have been compared with the grains of sand if long periods were meant.
  • Dr. James Barr (Regius Professor of Hebrew, at Oxford University), who himself does not believe Genesis is true history, nonetheless admitted as far as the language of Genesis 1 is concerned that: ‘…so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Gen. 1-11 intended to convey to their readers ideas that:
  1. Creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the 24 hour days we now experience.
  2. The figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the Biblical story.
  3. Noah’s Flood was understood to be world-wide and extinguish all human and animal life except those in the ark.

 

Dr. Khoo in the Fundamentals of the Christian Faith, adds that ‘days’ is used with the word ‘years’ in Genesis 1:14. For the text to make sense, the words ‘days’ and ‘years’ must refer to well defined units of time.

 

Concerning those who err from the obvious teaching that it is six literal days, consider what Charles Haddon Spurgeon said in 1877, in The Sword and the Trowel, page 197:

 

"We are invited, brethren, most earnestly to go away from the old fashioned belief of our forefathers because of the supposed discoveries of science. What is science? The method by which man tries to conceal his ignorance. It should not be so, but so it is. You are not to be dogmatical in theology, my brethren, it is wicked; but for scientific men it is the correct thing. You are never to assert anything very strongly; but scientists may boldly assert what they cannot prove, and may demand a faith far more credulous than any we possess. Forsooth, you and I are to take our Bibles and shape and mold our belief according to the ever-shifting teachings of so-called scientific men. What folly is this! Why, the march of science, falsely so called, through the world may be traced by exploded fallacies and abandoned theories. Former explorers once adorned are now ridiculed; the continual wreckings of false hypotheses is a matter of universal notoriety. You may tell where the learned have encamped by the debris left behind of suppositions and theories as plentiful as broken bottles.”

 

I am afraid the story remains the same many years later. There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Satan uses the same tricks. They always work. Man never learns. But let us remember that when it comes to belief, nothing is ever new except that which is false. The light has not come to people in this Age alone. It was always there. Otherwise, we would have to contend that the believers of old had no truth. But God has always been faithful to reveal the truth to all Ages. Anything that is not Scriptural is 'new.' We must refute the Gap Theory therefore.

 

From the recent posts (Parts 3, 4 and 5), we were able to see that God is His nature and His attributes. For God would not be known for who He is apart from what He is like. These are what constitute what God is. This God, being the triune God, created the world. He did it of His free will, temporally, out of nothing, in six literal days.

 

To God be the glory.

 


Consider these other sources of study:

BIBLE DOCTRINE by Wayne Grudem.

The Early Earth: An Introduction to Biblical Creationism by John Whitcomb.

Biblical Creation Truth by Joazinho Martins (christianreading.com/jmartins)

CREATION SEMINAR by Dr. Kent Hovind

https://drdino.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr8Az3QQZdI&t=60s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOPsvOWW9H0&t=1s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ

 

 


Timothy Wanjohi is founder and teacher at timotheist.com and at Standing on The Word Fellowship. He took up blogging in November, 2018, as a 30 year old man, but he has been serving in the Lord’s service since the time he was 16 years old.





4 Comment(s)

  • Admin

    Posted on 27-December-2018 Author

    Amen!

  • Kelvin

    Posted on 26-December-2018

    Truly "God,s glory is for our own good". Thank you and to God be all glory.

  • Admin

    Posted on 19-December-2018 Author

    Thank God for clarity!

  • Jeremiah

    Posted on 19-December-2018

    This blog answers so many worldly questions that most people have. Great blog.

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