“And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:6-12 (NIV)
God said…and it was so
God said, “let there be a vault…” and into existance came our sky. The atmosphere that would shield us from meteors and from the rays of the sun God had yet to create appeared. This vault also would serve as a blanket to keep us warm in the night and in cooler winter months. It would be the greenhouse roof for the vegetation that He would soon speak into existence. It would contain layers of clouds to separate the waters above from the water below. God said it and it was so.
Next, He spoke and the waters came together and land, in the form of mountains, peaks, and valleys, was exposed. He gave the waters boundaries and the seas were created. And simply by the sound of His voice it was so. Not long after, He spoke into existence all type of vegetation — plants, trees, and grasses — that would yield or contain seed so that could continually produce. God said it, it was so, and it was good.
His Word Continues
God created simply by the power of His Word. And His word continues to speak today. As we look around us we can still see the vegetation spoke into existence long ago. We walk on the dry ground that God created when He commanded the oceans and rivers take shape. We breath in and feel the wind of the atmosphere that He created with us in mind. His Word speaks. Our surroundings are evidence that a Word once spoken by God continues to be spoken by God forever (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).
The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, 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 was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5, 14 (ESV)
The same Word that was spoken in Genesis became flesh to create something else new. Jesus came into this fallen and dark world to make each of us a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:15 says that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” Through faith in God’s grace, we are created to be righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24). We have also been created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10). This is the truth! It is God’s spoken word!
God said it…and it is so.
I realize there is great debate within the church today about whether or not a person can lose his or her salvation. Because of this debate you may be wondering, as I often have, am I really saved? Am I really a new creation? Dear friends, don’t wonder. Don’t question. Simply believe. If you have put your faith in the Jesus Christ for your salvation, then the answer is YES! You are a new creation! God said it and it is so.
If you can believe that He spoke into existence all that you see around you, the air that you breath, and the ground that you stand on, then please believe that He is powerful enough to make a new creation out of you.
Additional Study Steps:
- Read Psalm 104:1-18. How does this passage compare to Genesis 1:6-13?
- Read John 1:1-5. How does this passage compare to Psalm 104:1-18
- Visit BlueLetterBible.org and do a keyword search for “creation”. Search using different Bible translations.
- Read The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer, focus on chapter six if your time is limited.
- Respond to God in prayer and worship. Honor Him for making you a new creation.
Please remember that I am human and flawed and my thoughts on this passage and others may not always be right. Please hold what I write up against the Word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit as He speaks to you directly. That said, I’m wondering if you are struggling to believe with all confidence that you are a child of God. I wonder if you struggle to believe that you are pure just as Jesus is pure. If so, please leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to share some amazing truth with you. Truth about what Jesus has done for you and who He says you are as a believer.
Only by grace,