Creation and Redemption
What grand truth is revealed in the first verse in the Bible?
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1.
What Bible contrast is repeatedly drawn between the true God and false gods?
"Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from
under these heavens. The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance:
The LORD of hosts is His name." Jeremiah 10:11, 16.
"Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God?
therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things." Jeremiah 14:22. (See Acts 17:22-29; Revelation 14:6-10.)
Through whom did God work in the creation of all things?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3.
Through whom is our redemption provided?
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by
His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Romans 5:8,9.
What passage of Scripture speaks of the Creator as Redeemer?
"But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I
have called thee by thy name; thou art mine." Isaiah 43:1.
Which prayer of David reveals that God's redemptive work of man is a creative work?
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalms 51:10.
Where are we told that Christ, the active agent in creation, is also the head of the church?
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all
things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might
have the preeminence." Colossians 1:16-18.
What scripture clearly shows that it is God's creative power which transforms the believer?
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10.
Who is it that keeps the stars in their places in the heavens?
"To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these
things, that bringeth out their host by number: me calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power;
not one faileth." Isaiah 40:25,26.
What can the same Creator do for you and me?
"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding
joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen." Jude 24-25.
How much of this power is available to help us in our need?
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty
power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places." Ephesians
Who sustains the universe and keeps it each moment?
"And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Colossians 1:17.
Of what great truth is the Seventh-day Sabbath a memorial and a sign?
"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." 1 Corinthians 8:6.
The Sabbath is a memorial of Creation. Is it also a sign of God's power to redeem us?
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of
the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh
day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."
"It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed." Exodus 31:17.
"Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them." Ezekiel 20:12.
Why is God worthy to receive our worship, praise and honor?
"Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created." Revelation 4:11.
NOTE: That comparatively modern view of creation known as evolution, which rests upon human research rather than upon divine revelation, and which substitutes an impersonal force for a personal Creator, overthrows the very foundation of the gospel. Redemption is simply the new creation and the Creator is the Redeemer. The Head of the original creation was wrought through Christ by the power of the word; the new creation, or redemption, is wroght in exactly the same way. The evolution theory of creation inevitably involves an evolution theory of the gospel, and sets aside the truth concerning sin, the atoning sacrifice of Christ, and the necessity of becoming new creatures through faith in the saving power of Christ.