Genesis 1:31 (NIV2011) 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Ephesians 1:3 (NIV2011) 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
God is the great Creator who made the world in the beginning.
His creation was:
- Intentional – not an accident Genesis 1:9-10 & 28, Romans 1:20, Ephesians 1:4-5
- Orderly – not chaotic Genesis 2:2, 1 Corinthians 14:33
- Good – not bad Genesis 1:31, Genesis 3:17-19, Isaiah 11:6
The beginning was perfect. Our sin has put us under the curse of an imperfect world. Jesus came to redeem us and reconcile us to God.
Ephesians 1:7-10 (NIV2011) 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-5
Genesis 1:1 (NIV2011) 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
John 1:1-2 (NIV2011) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
In the beginning God....
God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) was there at the beginning, and He will be there at the end.
Revelation 22:13 (NIV2011)
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
• Omnipresent (always present) John 1:1-2, 2 Peter 3:8
• Omnipotent (all powerful) John 1:3, Genesis 18:14, Luke 1:34-38
• Omniscient (all knowing) John 1:4, Psalm 139:1-4
In a world where nothing is certain, God is the constant we can rely on.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV2011)
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
ELuke 24:13-35 Luke 24:32 (NIV2011) "32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
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