The story of salvation is played out by the creation of the world. By God displaying His Almighty power, we learn from Genesis that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. ” Purely out of nothing, God fashioned matter together in ways only known to Him that he created the universe and all that is within it.
God took it upon himself to create the universe. He needed no consultation, nor did he need any approval. He simply created the world by His own independent self-existing authority.
Primarily, it is by creation in which we read God forming a covenant with those whom He calls from figures such as Noah to Abraham to Moses, we see God actively reaching down to his creation, which he freely created, to embrace mankind in a relationship with Him.
At the heart of being a covenant creating God, God reveals His desire to be known. This is why I’m speaking of the new covenant ushers in be Jesus Christ, the Prophet Ezekiel could say, “will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will bless them and multiply them and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (Ezek. 37:26-27). ”
As a result, we see God seeking to give his love through creation. Creation is the medium by which God pours His love to the world. The world didn’t form by accident or without a purpose, but indeed with a purpose, to redirect our love back to its Creator.
In sum, God formed the world out of divine love. This is why the apostle could say in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world.” Just as He created the world as a free gift, he extends His love as a gift as well. This is why we can look at the wonders of the earth and cherish the fact that creation is an act of love directed toward or good so that we might be adopted by God.
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