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Knowing and Serving God

August 24

THE CREATION OF THE WORLD

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

We are not given a fully detailed account or philosophy of creation, and yet we claim that the account that we are given is wholly accurate. The Bible claims that it is from God. We read in Hebrews 11:3, "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." God gave an account of the creation to Moses or someone else; so it is not man's ideas or theories. The biblical account does not, however, claim to explain everything.

Second, we must be clear about what creation means. It has been defined as "that free act of God whereby He...in the beginning brought forth the whole visible and invisible universe without the use of pre-existing materials, and thus gave it an existence distinct from His own and yet always dependent on Him" (Berkhof).

Now, we hold to that as against other theories that have been put forward. There are those who believe that matter itself is eternal, while others believe in the spontaneous generation of matter and its spontaneous development. Other views are that God simply worked to form matter that already existed or that matter is just an emanation of the divine substance. Pantheism teaches that matter is but a form of God--that it is God. On the other hand, those who believe in dualism say that God and matter are eternal, while some teach that the world was produced by an antagonistic spirit, another god or demiurge.

But the biblical doctrine is clear: God made everything out of nothing. The world has a distinct existence, but it is always dependent upon God. "By him," says Paul, "all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).

A Thought to Ponder
The biblical doctrine is clear: God made everything out of nothing.

From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 127-128.



Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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