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Lesson 1: Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth *

Introduction: Recently, a terrorist moved into my neighborhood. Never has anyone broken into our home. I feel safe walking in my neighborhood at night. The terrorist, however, is trying to change all that. She started a neighborhood watch and began regularly sending us police reports about arrests and crime in the general area. My eyes are now opened to the fact that crime could visit me. We are starting a new series of "eye-opening" lessons. If you thought that the creation debate involved dusty, largely-irrelevant issues on which Christians could reasonably differ, this series will teach you otherwise. It will reveal that some of the most burning issues of today have their roots in the creation debate. If you doubted that Satan exists and is engaged in a strategic war against God, this series of lessons, like my neighborhood terrorist, will disabuse you of that. Hold on to your hat as we begin to explore how the Biblical account of the Creation impacts many other doctrines of the Bible!

  1. Something Out of Nothing?

    1. Read Genesis 1:1. Why would God start His message to humans this way?

      1. What does this say about the heavens and the earth? (They had a beginning, God was there at the beginning, and He created them.)

      2. What does this say about God? (That He is superior to the heavens and the earth because He was able to create them.)

    2. Read Hebrews 11:3 and Psalms 33:9. How did God create the universe? (By speaking!)

      1. When I was a child, they taught me how to print my name using a pencil and paper. When I was in high school, they taught me how I could form those same letters by pushing the key on a typewriter. A great improvement! When I first started my law practice I would dictate what I wanted to write and someone else would type it up. Another leap forward! Early in the computer revolution I started using voice dictation. That was even better when it worked right. What does voice command for creation tell us about God when we compare it to the way we create?

      2. What were the building blocks of God's creation? (Nothing. The text in Hebrews tells us that God made the "seen" out of the "unseen." Humans make new stuff out of existing stuff.)

      3. How can we understand God's awesome power? (Hebrews 11:3 - by faith.)

    3. Read Genesis 1:2. Should this modify our thinking about something being created out of nothing? How do we reconcile this with Hebrews? (We see that something (but not much) existed here. We could understand this to mean that God previously created what was present, or we could understand the "something out of nothing" to mean the final product was nothing like the formless, empty, watery deep.)

      1. How is this very issue such a challenge for evolutionists? (Evolutionists are hard pressed to explain how something could evolve from nothing. Either "stuff" has always existed, raising the question of how it got here, or the supernatural exists which can create something out of nothing. Evolutionists, for this reason, generally start their explanation of origins with stuff already sitting around.)

  2. The Witness

    1. Read Romans 1:18-20. What is happening to the truth? (Wicked people are trying to suppress it.)

      1. What problem do the truth suppressors face? (That God's creation is testifying about His power and His nature.)

    2. Read Psalms 19:1-3. How widespread is the creation's declaration of the glory and power of God? (Every person can understand this.)

    3. Read Romans 1:21-24. What follows from rejecting the plain truth revealed by creation? (You start acting in foolish ways. You find a substitute for God in something you created. Once you let go of God as the anchor for your thinking, then your sinful desires take over and you degrade your body.)

      1. Does this statement from Romans about the progression of evil thinking seem true to you? (If you are going to build a proper building, you need a firm foundation. If you are going to build a proper theory of life, you need a firm foundation. That foundation is the Bible. Sin means that the foundation of our decision-making is always selfishness. That always creates problems.)

    4. Okay. The creation testifies to the existence of God. How would you logically get from the creation to accepting the Bible as a message from God?

      1. What do the heavens tell us? (That something was responsible for the glory and order that we see. The universe is expanding at the exact speed that keeps it from exploding or imploding. That shows great intelligence and power.)

      2. What do gravity, animals, molecular bonds, and our bodies tell us? (If I believed I was the only being in the universe, and a brand new Toyota Prius showed up at my front door, I would know that I was not the only thinking being around. This would be absolute proof that something capable of high level thought, design and construction was present.)

      3. Since the creation is absolute proof of an extraordinary being, One who created us and our surroundings, why would the One do this without being in contact with us? (That is the link to the Bible. The Bible explains the creation and God's desire to have a relationship with us. Genesis, by the way, is at the root of all of the main monotheistic religions of the world.)

  3. The Creator One Identified

    1. Read Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:1-2, John 1:1-3 and John 1:14. Who is the One who created everything out of nothing? (Jesus! If you look at the context of all of these texts, you will see that Jesus is being described.)

      1. Let's look more closely at a couple of these texts. Look again at Hebrews 1:1-2. Was Jesus acting on His own when He created the universe? (No. The text tells us that God created the universe "through" Jesus.)

      2. Let's also look at Colossians 1:15. Is God visible? (Thinking about this could make your head hurt! Jesus, who is visible, is "the image of the invisible God." Jesus puts a face on God.)

        1. Colossians also says something that does not, at first, seem right. It calls Jesus the "firstborn" over creation. What does this teach us about Jesus' origin? (I don't think it teaches us anything about it. Instead, Jesus is the one part of the Godhead who was actually born of a woman. Let's turn to that next.)

    2. Read John 9:1-7. What did the disciples seek? (Someone to blame.)

      1. When you see a tragedy, do you want to find someone to blame?

      2. What does the Creator of the Universe look for in tragedy? (A way to bring glory to God.)

      3. What does Jesus say about the reason for His coming to earth as a human? (He came to bring light to the earth.)

        1. Consider this. Jesus' creation testifies to God. Jesus then did more to reveal God by coming to earth as a human. What should be the goal of our life? (We are part of the creation. Our goal should be to give glory to God.)

      4. Look again at John 9:7. Do you think washing had anything to do with the man seeing? (Other than showing his faith, no. He had been blind since birth. Jesus re-created in him the defective parts of his body. This was no big feat for the One who created the universe.)

    3. As you consider the creation, and the Creator coming to earth to live among us, how does evolution fit into that line of thinking? (It does not fit. Evolution is a "hands off" theory for God. It denies both the power and the personal interest of God in His creation.)

    4. Friend, what do you think is the most basic lesson we learn from the creation? (That a God of incredible power and intelligence exists and cares about us. God created so that we could understand His nature. Then, going beyond that, God became a human to give an image to His nature so that humans could better understand Him. Will you acknowledge your Creator today?

  4. Next week: Creation: Forming the World.
* Copr. 2013, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references are to the New International Version (NIV), copr. 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society, unless otherwise noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found within parentheses. The lesson assumes the teacher uses a blackboard or some other visual aid.

© 2021 Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.
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