We are living at a time in history when evolution is trumpeted far and wide. Our schools use textbooks that call it a theory but teach it as an unassailable fact. Teachers, college professors, and even scientists are censured and excoriated if they question its validity at any level. Museums are filled with preposterous exhibits purporting to display factually accurate depictions of the evolutionary development of animals and even “homo sapiens”. And, the media is saturating our society with the “billions of years” lie of evolution.
These times remind me of David’s lament in Psalm 11:3, ” When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Well, he doesn’t advise us to head for the hills or to keep our mouths shut. The contextual answer is, we can remember that God is in charge and He is watching. Therefore, we need to live righteous lives and trust Him to deal with the wicked in due time. And, the practical answer is, we can continue to stand on and share the truth revealed in His Word. And, in that light, I want to talk to you about God’s Good Creation.
The Universe Was Spoken into Existence by Jesus
In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3
“…by (Jesus Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Col 1:16
First, notice who existed prior to creation. John says, “in the beginning” (the starting point in eternity for the creation process) the Word (Jesus) existed. He existed with the Divine and as the Divine. The eternally existing Divinity dwelt in the Perfection He had in Himself. Nothing had been created so there were no angels, good or bad, as yet.
Next, John and Paul both testify that Jesus Christ created all things! All things in heaven and on earth. All things seen as well us unseen! All things inanimate as well as animate- including all powerful beings, mortal (human) and immortal (angelic).
By faith we understand that the universe was perfectly fit together by the spoken word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Heb 11:3
Notice the connection between faith and reason! “By faith we understand.” It’s not that we merely have a hope or a theory. Since the universe is a single, intricately designed unit, wherein every part operates in an orderly fashion as it is governed by ordained physical laws, we have evidential reason to firmly believe that it was created by a powerful, intelligent Being. And, a Being powerful enough and intelligent enough to create and govern such a magnificent universe is surely capable of revealing Himself to us and telling us about His creative activity- which is exactly what He did. Thus, “by faith we understand” that Jesus spoke everything in the universe into existence. “He said it. It’s demonstrably reasonable. I believe it.” That’s faith! And that’s loving God with “all your mind!”
No random process could have caused the intelligent design we see throughout the universe. No random process could have created the laws governing the universe. There are no missing links. All reasonable, un-tampered-with evidence, points to the truth revealed in God’s Word. There was nothing but God and then Jesus spoke and everything came into existence as He called it into existence. In a matter of six days God created a mature, fully functioning universe including the angelic beings and the earth and all its life forms with Adam and Eve to rule over it. God’s revelation to us in this verse alone completely voids any claim concerning evolutionary progressionism wherein the things that we see are supposed to have evolved from primitive matter to a more complex state over a lengthy period of time. This verse says the things which we see came into existence instantaneously out of nothing according to the spoken command of Jesus.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Exodus 20:11a
The Angels Were Spoken into Existence by Jesus.
Praise Him, all His angels…all His hosts…sun and moon…all stars of light…heavens of heavens… waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created. Psa 148:1-5
Christians often speak as if they believe Satan has been around a lot longer than mankind. They imagine that he and myriads of angels were faithfully serving God for eons before God created man. They even suppose he must have fallen before Adam and Eve were created. I say, according to the clear teaching of scripture, they need to think again. These misconceptions demote man from his unique position as God’s original image-bearer and heir- the very purpose of creation. The universe was created as man’s habitat. The earth was created to be his home. Angels were created to minister to “the heirs of salvation.”
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit? Heb 1:14
Unlike the special, personal, creation of Adam and Eve as individuals by Jesus, Himself; notice that all these celestial creations of God were created on command. Their creation was instantaneous and impersonal. He spoke. They came into existence.
Also notice when the heavens and angels were created. In His discourse with Job, God asked him, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7
In the beginning God created the heavens (atmosphere, outer space, God’s place) and the earth. …So the evening and the morning were the first day. Gen 1:1,5
Since the angels ‘shouted for joy’ when God ‘fastened’ the foundations of the earth and ‘laid its cornerstone’, they must have been called into existence by God early on the first day of creation.
God’s Creation Was Completed and Very Good on the 6th Day.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 1:31
Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Gen 2:1-3
Note: God says everything was finished in six days. He didn’t just get things started and then let things evolve, they were perfectly formed and functional. He even placed mating barriers between species to maintain their physical integrity. (Barriers- not links!) And since God said that everything- including the heavenly host- ‘was very good’, it clearly means Lucifer and his followers could not have fallen yet.
This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens… Gen 2:4
The Word of God tell us His Story about His Good Creation! And, no matter what other voices declare otherwise. We can rely on His veracity. This is our true foundation.