1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The Bible begins with the record of the beginning of the universe. What was before the beginning? God was there dwelling in the grandeur of eternity. “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:18). God is the uncreated, underived, self-existing eternal Spirit who transcends time. The Bible teaches us repeatedly that God is eternal. Psalm 90:2 declares, “even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Isaiah 57:15 glorifies God as “the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity”. Various names of God in the Bible also attest to His eternal existence. He is the “God eternal” (Deuteronomy 33:27), the “everlasting king” (Jeremiah 10:10), “the King eternal” (1 Timothy 1:17).
The eternal God is the First Cause of all things. As Romans 11:36 says, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” While asserting His glory as the Creator, God put forward to Job a rhetorical question: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding” (Job 38:4). Since God is the Creator, there was a time when the creation did not exist but God did. While exalting God as the Creator of all things, Psalm 102:25 proclaims, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”
This universe, with such superior style, arrangement and functionality, is the intelligent design of God, the Creator. Nothing had been formed by chance. The world around us bears witness to a great Designer or Creator. As Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” God created all things out of nothing by His great power and wisdom. As the Scriptures say, “He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion” (Jeremiah 10:12).
Scripture, which is God’s revelation, provides us with the true record of the origin of the universe. It is utter foolishness to seek to be wise above what is written in God’s Word. Every pious heart must acknowledge and worship God as the Creator. God must always have pre-eminence in our thoughts and pursuits.