“The Bible does not enter into an argument to prove the being and person of God. It assumes His being and reveals His person and character. Without preface or introduction, the Bible brings God before us in all of His majesty and omnipotence. God was at the world’s beginning, and He created the beginning of all things. … God is revealed not by argument but by work. We learn what He is from what He does.”
Citation: E. M. Bounds, Guide to Spiritual Warfare, Whitaker House, p. 11
We learn about God from what he does. So let’s begin by looking at his work in creation. (See Genesis 1-2)
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1. God the Creator is one and only one.
God the creator is the solo artist in the birth of the heavens and the earth. No council of gods and goddesses can collaborate with Him when the Creator brings the universe into existence. No other force or person can play a part in conception and construction. The Creator does not upgrade some out dated substance to make everything we see and do not see. He does not take a part of Himself to mold the cosmos. There was nothing beside God before the beginning. Nothing else existed with God before He started creating. Now there is God the Creator and the heavens and the earth.
2. God the Creator is eternal.
Since nothing else existed with God before He started creating, the Creator is distinct from his creation. God is outside of His creation, just as a painter is outside of his painting or as a potter is outside of her pottery. The Creator is different from his creation. He existed without it before the beginning and He will go on existing when it collapses on itself. He is timeless because He is outside the space-time continuum that forms His creation. He is completely holy and spiritual. The Creator is not some exalted man or superhero with a body. He is transcendent and glorious. He is unapproachable and unknowable with our senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. He is above, beyond and outside the dimensions that hem us in on all sides.
3. God the Creator is completely caught up in the work of creating.
The Creator is powerfully present and intimately involved in every aspect of creation. From start to finish, God is the exclusive maker. He does not appoint angels to do the work of making His cosmos. The Creator does not hire subcontractors or apprentices hoping they will do the dirty work for Him. He blends, shapes, forms and names every detail. From the smallest subatomic particle to the largest galaxies, the Creator attends to all the ingredients. No one hindered or helped Him in his creative work.
4. God the Creator is powerful and in control.
All the forces and laws of nature are reflections of His compassionate power. His whisper summons everything out of nothing. God’s gentle voice set off an explosion of light and energy that echoes through the vast expanse of space to this day. His words condense that white-hot energy into atoms and molecules. God forms the matter into stars ignited by His sovereign will. Every planet and every plant is in its assigned position. God’s command causes continents and islands to rise from the sea. His simple statement compels all the stars and all the sea creatures to fill their precise purposes. When the Creator says, “Let there be…” then it takes place just the way He intends for it to happen. His words turned inanimate unconscious stuff into living breathing animals. The Creator’s deliberate decision to design human beings to manage and to maintain creation in His place inspires us to worship Him.
5. God the Creator is intelligent, wise & decisive.
He has the artist’s eye for form, balance and color. Look at the beauty all around us. He has the engineer’s feel for function, design and detail. Take the time to observe the similarities and the differences in every form of life. The Creator has the composer’s ear for music and song. Listen to the birds, the insects, and the breeze in the trees. He must have the comedian’s sense of humor, too. God must smile at the thought of a duckbilled platypus or the sight of dolphins dancing across the ocean waves.
6. God the Creator is personal and loving.
Only a person can speak and issue commands. Only a person can decide what it wants and judge the results of its actions. Only a person can create other persons. Only a loving person can create other persons to love and give live in return. God is a loving person who creates humans to be loving persons in His image.
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