Genesis 1 begins, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is just an introduction, not the actual creation. Verse 2 declares that the earth was formless and void, and covered by water and darkness. This is a description of the starting point, not the first step. So why does God’s creation account start here? Well, you will discover something awesome about God and something about the physics of creation that simplifies everything.
I have a friend who keeps asking me to show it to him on one page. I can’t, but here is an attempt.
Genesis 1, verses 1&2 are just an introduction. All creation was by the word of God and His first word was in verse 3, Then God said, “Let there be light”. But we now know that Jesus is the light of the world and that all things were created through Jesus. Further, Jesus describes himself as the “the Beginning of the creation of God” in Revelation 3:14. So it was in this first step of creation, the light; that the entire universe came into being. At the end of day 1, God held this water-covered planet in His hand. It was formless and void in verse 2, because it was then without substance, but now it was fully formed. As He watched it turn on its axis I imagined Him saying, “Wow, have I got plans for you!”
The key is that we now see Jesus in creation. But it leads to so much more. However, first I have to lead you through a few chapters that methodically review scripture because I want to take you somewhere that others don’t want you to go. You have to know that it has the full support of scripture even if some will choose to disagree. Then, all of a sudden, you will start to see the role of the Father and the Son in creation and you will appreciate the way God saw it.
I could see that verses 1&2 were just an introduction; not a declaration of creation. Before I had worked it all out, I had a chance at a meeting to briefly discuss this with an expert in the Creation field. He could not see the declarations in verses 1&2 as anything else but an act of creation and the discussion finished with his statement, “But what else could it be?” I understood his reasoning. You see, a water-covered planet must have existed at the start of day 2. And as long as you picture the day 1 declaration of light as mere physical light, then there is no other place to picture where this water-covered planet was created except in verse 1.
Frankly, this question should be a by-line for this section. I wrestled with this problem. I respect this man yet I have offered something different. I suggest there are two ways to view the first three verses:
So, do you think that “The Father’s heart” view is spiritualising Genesis 1 a bit too much? Well, I will present compelling evidence and amazing benefits of this view. During my early investigations I thought that the water-covered planet in verse 2 was real and the insight was that it pictured the Father’s heart. But now I see it the other way around. It is the Father’s heart that is picturing this earth or planet as a home for His children.
This is a paradigm shift. Please read on. I need to demonstrate that verses 1&2 are just an introduction. I need to show why this is picturing the universe before time began. I need to show you some benefits of “The Father’s heart” view. I need to introduce you to the eternal perspective of God. I need to deal with existing understandings.
I perceive that seeing God’s eternal purposes pictured in verse 2 and seeing Jesus pictured in verse 3 is moving Genesis 1 from a nuts-and-bolts discussion of the mechanics, which I feel has dominated the debate to some degree, into a revelation of God. But God designed the mechanics to reflect this revelation and that is why I am confident to use a New Testament revelation of God and Jesus to imply exactly what the mechanics must have been.
To those men I respect, I offer this montage of words built up from a variety of scriptures as a picture of what else verses 1 to 3 are saying:
In the beginning, before time began, nothing existed except God’s desire and will to have a place for His children. So, for Jesus and through Jesus, the light of the world, God created all things, the entire universe, when Jesus spoke the words, “Let there be light”.
“The starting point” is God’s way of interpreting the Genesis 1 introduction. The next three chapters, 24-26, and Appendix C carefully develop this radical view. Chapter 27 is a dramatic extension that I saw after that and chapter 28 is some necessary follow-up to help come to grips with the bomb-shell I just dropped. This brief outline helps you see how it will unfold. If you come back here after reading the next few chapters it may help solidify what you have just read.
Appendix C builds on “The Father’s heart” view. It has valuable insights and logically follows Chapter 26, but I did not want to delay you seeing the big picture.
OK, you’re ready now ... read on.