The Creator God

How and Who Created the Universe 1

The Bible opens with the verse:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1.1).

Such a simple statement! But included in it is all that we experience apart from the Creator Himself. How did God create the heavens and earth? According to Psalm 33:

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast (Psalm 33.6-9).

The Scriptures reveal God created the universe with His Word. He spoke and it came into being (cf. Genesis 1.3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26). Peter confirmed this truth when he wrote:

For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, (2 Peter 3.5)

The Word of God (the Scriptures)

The Word of God is used in two senses in the Bible. The first is verbal: the written or spoken communication from God. A parallel of this usage is the expression “word of the Lord.” Examples of this sense are the following:

As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Say to the servant that he might go ahead of us and pass on, but you remain standing now, that I may proclaim the word of God to you” (1 Samuel 9.27).

3 It came about the same night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 “Go and tell David My servant, ‘Thus says the LORD, “You shall not build a house for Me to dwell in; (1 Chronicles 17.3-4)

5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,” 6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition (Matthew 15.5-6).

1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness (Luke 3.1-2).

But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8.21).

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles (Acts 13.46).

25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, (Colossians 1.25-26)

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe (1 Thessalonians 2.13).

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4.12).

for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God (1 Peter 1.23).

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; (Revelation 6.9)

The Word of God (the Son of God)

The Word of God has a second sense. It is a title of God the Son. The Apostle John introduced the Lord Jesus Christ as the Word of God in his gospel and witnessed and wrote of Him in that role in the book of Revelation.

John wrote:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1.1-3).

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me’” (John 1.14-15).

He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God (Revelation 19.13).

Above, we noted that the heavens and earth came into existence through the verbal Word of God. But the Scriptures also reveal that the universe was created by God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He created the universe in His role as the Word of God.

John wrote:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1.1-3).

The Apostle Paul, who saw the resurrected, glorified Christ, wrote the same:

5 For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him (1 Corinthians 8.5-6).

13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1.13-17).

In these two verses Paul declared that the Lord Jesus Christ not only created all things but that He sustains all things. The universe requires His ongoing presence and sustenance or it would cease. This puts to rest any notion of a mechanistic universe that Deists once taught. The universe is not like a wound watch left to itself. It is like a watch that needs winding and care.

The writer of Hebrews (Paul) also wrote the following:

1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world (Hebrews 1.1-2).

New Heavens, New Earth

As early as Isaiah (8th c. B.C.) we are given information that God would create a new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65.17, 66.22). Brought outside of his time, the Apostle John witnessed this new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21.1).

At the event known as the Great White Throne, which occurs after the 1,000 year earthly Messianic kingdom, the Lord Jesus Christ will judge (John 5.22, 25-29)  all members of the human race who have rejected his love and salvation. As this event begins, the universe as we know it will cease to exist (Revelation 20.11). Peter wrote about this event in 2 Peter 3.10:

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Following this judgment, God will create a new universe, undefiled by Satan, sin, and death. The creator of the new heavens and new earth is the same as He Who created our present universe, the Lord Jesus Christ. John recorded,

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes 2 will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21.5-8).

In Revelation 21-22, John described the glorious nature of this new creation. The heavenly Jerusalem will descend from heaven onto the new earth. It is immense, 1,500 miles on each side–length, breadth, and height. Clearly, we have something wholly new for no such city could exist upon our present creation.

Conclusion

The heavens and earth were created by the speech of the creator God. The God who created all things in none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God. He created our present universe and will create again, a new heavens and earth in which sin and death will not be possible. Those who have trusted Him will enjoy His presence forever.

The term “universe” is used by convention for “heavens and earth.” The Scriptures keep these two realms separate and distinct from Genesis 1 to Revelation 21. Such distinction has significant theological application to Israel, God’s earthly people, who will enjoy earthly promises and responsibilities, and to the Church, the body of Christ, God’s heavenly people, who will enjoy heavenly promises and responsibilities.
The specific audience of those who “overcome” are those whom the Lord addressed in chapters 2-3. Their “overcoming” entails remaining faithful to the Christ, i.e., not worshiping the Beast, or his image, or taking his mark (Revelation 13.16-17, 14.9-12).

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29 Responses to The Creator God

  1. Dear Bro. I love your articles they have really helped me. I thank JESUS CHRIST daily for Servants like you. You have been a blessing to me and to many.you have help the hungry bible student that has no college ed. May the LORD JESUS CHRIST bless you and your house all your days .IN JESUS NAME AMEN

  2. Joe says:

    Dear doctrine,

    Why are we here?

    After decades of study I have boiled down that basic question to this:

    There are two basic groups. Those who believe there is a purpose to all this and those who believe we are products of randomly colliding molecules. After it’s all said and done. After the dust has settled. After the bible is studied from beginning to end and after ‘mother nature’ and human nature presses down upon us the question as to why? I believe the following verse reveals the reason we are here:

    His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephes. 3:10-11)

    Did something happened in eternity past? Was God presented with a question? Is our existence and the choices we make a process that answers that question?

    I believe Lucifer/Satan asked how a loving and just God could condemn His own creations to eternal damnation. Are we humans, as creatures possessing free will (as are the angels) but who were created lower than angels, in the process of answering that question……?

    Doctrine, what are you feelings about our purpose?

    • doctrine doctrine says:

      Joe,
      We are here to help resolve the angelic conflict. I touch on this in my articles, Job: A Peak Behind the Curtain, Predestination, the Summary of the Plan of God.

  3. Theresa says:

    So the Jews will enjoy earthly promises and the body of Christ will enjoy heavenly promises?

    • doctrine doctrine says:

      Theresa,
      Yes. The prophetic, covenant promises were earthly. God’s promises to the Church, the body of Christ, are heavenly.

      • Vanessa says:

        Hello Don, We are still around learning more and more and so enjoy your site still to this day. Re your reply to Theresa…..may I also assume that the promise…..Genesis 22 verse 17….I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars (Church, Body heavily blessing ) in the sky and as the sand on the seashore (Jews, earthly blessing) Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies. Knowing that the Church was a secret can we see a hint of the secret in the this promise I wonder?

        • doctrine doctrine says:

          Vanessa,
          Well, more no than yes. Remember, God always planned to bless Gentiles. The revealed, prophetic plan was that it would occur through the success of Israel. When Israel failed God implemented his hidden plan to bless us through Israel’s failure. This is why Paul spoke of himself as one “untimely born” (1 Corinthians 15.8).

  4. Joe says:

    Doctrine, how do you view the ‘gap theory’. The time gap possibly between Gen 1:1 and vs. 2? Please provide a site where I can more information. thank you very much time for your time and study. Joe3

    • doctrine doctrine says:

      Joe,
      I think the “ruin-restoration” or “gap-theory” has merit. It cannot be proved or disproved by the language in Genesis 1:1-2 alone. Greater support comes from other Scriptures such as Ezekiel 28. It is also hard to imagine human beings living and surviving with T. Rex. I have studied the subject but need more study before writing an article. A good start is Arthur Custance’s work, Without Form or Void: http://www.custance.org/Library/WFANDV/index.html#TableofContent. A lot of criticism have been lodged against the gap theory but more things are explained with it than without it.

  5. George says:

    Hello bro Don, in what way does God create evil, as the ot scriptures say?

    • doctrine doctrine says:

      George,
      The phrase “create evil” in Isaiah 45.6 is וּבֹורֵא רָע uses the verb בָּרָא which is used only of God. It is found in Genesis 1.1 of God’s creating heaven and earth. He “creates evil” in that He brings it about and controls it. David used the word in Psalm 51.10 in which he prayed to God for Him to “create in me a clean heart.” God controls evil, i.e., He permits it. He did this, for example, with the military defeats of Israel as a form of judgment. God uses evil for His own purposes to fulfill His plan.

  6. Rob Klein says:

    Don,

    My comment/question is in reference to the paragraph on New Heaven and New Earth. Old Testament saints, after death, went to the Paradise side of Hades – Abraham’s Bosom (Luke 16). After the crucifixion, and the proclamation Christ made in Hades, it seems that “taking captivity captive” Christ took the O.T. saints to Heaven – the place of God’s throne. Those O.T. saints, according to Matthew 8, will be in the Kingdom of Heaven – on Earth. We, as members of the Body of Christ, seated in the heavenlies, are promised eternal life in Heaven. Not so for redeemed Israel. They are promised – as I understand Scripture – a New Jerusalem on a New Earth. Where is redeemed Israel during the time Earth is destroyed by fire/heat and the restoration of Earth and the descent of New Jerusalem on to the New Earth?

    A second question is about the destruction of the “heavens”. This would be the Earth’s atmosphere and/or outer space, but not the third Heaven, where the throne of God is, where the redeemed members of the Body of Christ are? I don’t see any point in God destroying His Heaven and then restoring it. I would appreciate your thoughts and insight.

    • doctrine doctrine says:

      Rob,
      We’re not told the answers to these questions but it would seem logical the redeemed will be with God when He destroys the present universe. I think God will recreate heavens and earth because the current universe has been polluted by Satan and sin. God apparently wants to start again without any possibility for rebellion and sin. He has proved His case, redeemed a lost world, has a creation which understands good and evil, and wishes to obey and love God.

  7. mark says:

    Good afternoon Don
    I have a question that does not really pertain to the article but I didn’t know where else to post a question. I know what the Greek translation for the name Jehovah is, my question is where can I find that in the Septuagint? I cannot find the word Jehovah in the Septuagint, even where it is referring to the 7 names for Jehovah.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    As always thank you for your ministry,
    Mark

  8. Jerry Shaw says:

    In “in the beginning”, the first word is ‘ray-sheeth’. In the verses listed it is translated both first and firstfruits. is it a perversion of the Hebrew, as it is translated in the Greek to say that firstfruit can obviously be considered “Christ”. And that “In the beginning” can be stated as “in Christ.” Is this too much of a stretch and a complete violation of any clear exegesis?

    Exo 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
    Num 28:26 Also in the day of the firstfruits, when ye bring a new meat offering unto the LORD, after your weeks be out, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work:
    Neh 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
    Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
    1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
    1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
    Always a faithful follower
    Thanks for all that you due
    Jerry

  9. Dawn Sobczak says:

    Don, are you familiar with the teachings of Michael Heiser (the naked bible) ? He teaches The Divine Counsel. Psalm 82 for example. He is very persuasive and sincere in believing this.

    • doctrine doctrine says:

      Dawn,
      Yes, I have read some of Michael Heiser’s works.

      • Dawn Sobczak says:

        Do you give any validity to the teaching of the divine counsel? Because I am starting to see what he is saying and I just don’t want to be deceived again.

        • doctrine doctrine says:

          Dawn,
          The divine council is sound. Psalm 82 speaks of it as do many other Scriptures. See http://hebrew-streams.org/works/monotheism/sumner-thesis.pdf for a good analysis.

          • Dawn Sobczak says:

            Thank you for your reply. This does open up my understanding of many things I wondered about. Is there any area that would not be compatible with “right division”. I’m sure I’ll figure it out as I continue to investigate.
            I do see Michael Heiser is not a “right division” advocate. And I do not expect you to comment on another scholar if you feel it not proper.
            The article you attached is very interesting as I go through it. Though I am not done with it.

            • doctrine doctrine says:

              Dawn,
              Heiser and others have done good work on the divine council and other areas. Unfortunately, however, like most in Christendom, he does not understand that Paul’s apostleship was unique. He was not an appendage to the Twelve but the apostle God saved to start the Church, the body of Christ. Paul was to Christianity what Abraham, Moses, and the prophets were to Judaism. When one understands this confusion is dispelled and contradictions cease.

              • Dawn Sobczak says:

                Thank you I feel so much better about what I have been reading and watching on YouTube with your remarks. With that being said the Divine counsel is fascinating and like “right division” makes the Bible come alive and exciting.

  10. Isaac says:

    Don,

    What is your point of view regarding the trinity? The you see God as in three persons?

    • doctrine doctrine says:

      Isaac,
      God is one. We see Him described in three persons or roles: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The only visible manifestation of God is as Son.

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