CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH - INTRODUCTION
© Rosemary Bardsley
‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth …’
This opening statement of the Bible is the foundation upon which the whole of the Bible rests. In these few simple words we are told who God is, who we are, and what the relationship between us and God is.
God is the Creator. We are created beings. The relationship between us and God is this: that we are totally dependent on him and answerable to him. In the original creation this was a relationship of freedom and joy – a gift, not a burden.
This opening statement highlights both the incongruence of sin and the necessity for trust. It points to the foolishness of rebellion against God and the wisdom of obedience to God.
Those who call this statement ‘myth’ and those who deliberately or ignorantly deny it altogether undercut the whole of the scripture.
If God is not the Creator, nor can he sustain us and the world.
If God is not the Creator, nor can he be the Sovereign Lord.
If God is not the Creator, nor does he have the authority to interfere and intervene in the lives of men.
If God is not the Creator, nor does he possess power over nature.
If God is not the Creator, nor does he have authority over the nations.
If God is not the Creator, nor does he have any say about what is right and what is wrong to do on the earth.
If God is not the Creator, nor does he have authority over life and death.
The eternal One, the Holy One, the personal, triune God, who existed before the beginning of time and space, is the Creator of the world and of us, and as such, is the Sovereign Lord of all.
This powerful God cannot be ignored. He is not an optional extra to be included in our lives only when we find nothing else works. To ignore him is not to escape him. To deny him is not to rob him of existence. To reject him is not to avoid his authority.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, he is the Sovereign Lord.
In the next four studies we will be looking first at God as Creator, then at God as the Sovereign Lord.