The Greatest Story Ever Told: Act 1: Scene 1: The Creator Speaks
In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” He continues, “Always, the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God.”
What comes into your mind when you think about God?
As I’ve shared previously, in order to make sense of our own life story, we need to first see how we fit into the grand story that God is writing in human history. And that story starts with God. God is the most important character of human history.
The first line of the first chapter of the bible summarizes the origin of human history, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1 shows that God makes the universe we live in out of nothing and then fills it. He makes the galaxies and fills them with planets and stars. He makes the sky and seas and fills them with birds and fish. He makes dry land and fills it with plants and animals. Finally, he makes mankind to rule over creation on His behalf.
By examining this story of creation we can see a few important principles that are foundational to our understanding of God’s story and how we fit into it.
1. God is All-Powerful and Independent of Human History.
The beginning of human history starts with an act of God. He existed before anything else. Nothing made God and nothing existed without God. He didn’t need us in order to exist. God made us and we depend on him for life. God is the cause of all human history. He is the playwright, the director, and the most essential character in the grand story of human history. He is the Creator of our world and all who dwell in it.
He isn’t bound by time or space, by the laws of physics, or by the demands of human preference. He has full autonomy and authority to do with His creation as He pleases. As created beings, we are accountable to our creator for what we do with the life we’ve been given.
How does it change your view of your own personal story to think that God is all-powerful and independent?
2. God is Active, Personal, and Knowable in Human History.
The God of the bible is a God who speaks. He is not a silent God. Every act of creation begins with some variation of, “and God said, ‘Let there be…'” He speaks to man and tells him of his purpose. He spoke to Moses to record these events for us in the Bible.
From the very beginning, God is intimately involved in the details of his creation. He speaks to it, He interacts with it, He makes changes to it, and He cares for it.
By looking at God’s creation, we see evidence of what God is like. Romans 1:19-20 explains how all humans have a chance to learn about God when it says, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” This is the doctrine of General Revelation.
God also chooses to speak supernaturally and specifically. He does this throughout human history by speaking to men and women of God (called prophets) in a variety of ways and by having the important parts of the story of recorded for us in the Bible. We call this Special Revelation.
The point is this: God reveals himself and acts in human history. He is not distant; He is knowable.
How does it change your view of your own personal story to think that God is active, personal, and knowable?
3. God’s Design is Good.
God looked at his creation and said that it was very good. He loves his creation. He loves you. He designed this world to work well and to be a blessing to humanity. Genesis 2 reveals a perfect land filled with water, food, beautiful stones, and more. It reveals a perfect relationship between God and man, between man and woman, and between man and the rest of creation.
God gives one command to Adam for a simple reason: He wants humanity to submit to his authority and to follow him because He knows that His design is best. Subscribe to the blog to see more posts, including Act 1: Scene 2: Man’s Purpose to find out about God’s wonderful design for humanity.