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Origins: Who is God? | Genesis 1:1-3
Use this review as a means for digging deeper into these verses and growing in your understanding of God’s Word this week. Here’s a few tips:
Begin by reading Genesis 1:1-3.
As we begin our fall sermon series of the first eleven chapters of Genesis, it’s important to remember who wrote Genesis and why. Moses wrote Genesis to the Israelites wandering in the wilderness to reveal who God is and his design for the world and people. This was so important for a people leaving one pagan idolatrous land and about to enter another.
Why is it important for you to remember who God is on a daily basis?
Verse 1 reveals to us that God is eternal.
If God is eternal, what does that say about his creation? What temporary things in creation are you tempted to find joy and satisfaction in instead of God?
Verses 1-3 do not mention the names “Father” or “Son”, but do refer to God the Holy Spirit. However, this does not mean the Father and Son were not there. God is triune. In other words, God is one in essence, but three in person. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one God. Though this is an incomprehensible doctrine, it is a necessary one. And most of all, this account points us to the account of Jesus’ baptism in Mark 1:10-11.
Jesus was present at the creation of the universe and “all things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16b). What has Jesus created in you?
Take a moment to reflect on the greatness of God. Look up at the night sky or perhaps a sunset this week and marvel at God’s creativity and power. Then pray and thank him for coming to earth to die for your sins. Thank him for his resurrecting power in your life and the new creation he has made in you through Jesus.
For further study: read John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-17.