We believe that the heavens and earth and all original life forms, including man, were made by the specific immediate creative acts of God as described in the account of origins presented in Genesis, and that all biological changes which have occurred since creation are limited to variation within each species.
1. God created the Heavens and the Earth – Gen 1:1.
John1:3 “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
Create = To make without use of pre-existing material the whole visible and invisible universe.
2. God created the Plant Kingdom (Gen 1:11-13).
Gen 1:11 “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb, that yields seed and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself.”
a. Seed: God placed life within the seed that is able to grow and produce other seeds into perpetual life.
b. According to its kind: God placed parameters of kind. The Hebrew word is translated species. There can be varieties within species but there is no crossing over into other species. (i.e.) There can be lots of varieties of roses but a rose won’t become a tomato.
3. God created the Animal Kingdom – Gen 1:20-25
He created life in the sea, life in the air, life on the land, but stipulated that they reproduce and multiply “according to their kind.”
a. Created = (Heb – bara) same word as used in Gen1: 1 when God created the Heavens and the Earth. It occurs 53 times in the Bible. It means to make, to shape, to put together. It implies a direct relationship between the Creator and that which is made.
b. According to their kind: God placed parameters between and within the species. There was to be no crossing over. There can be many varieties within the dog species but a dog cannot cross the species line and become a cat.
4. God created man in His own image and according to His own likeness. Gen 1:26-28.
Gen 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.”
a. Formed = (Heb – yatsar) To make into shape, to mould into a form. To fashion something in a similar way to a potter using clay to make something he envisions.
b. Breathed = (Heb – naphach) To inflate, to puff, to blow.
c. Living being = (Heb – chay nephesh) A breathing creature, man had no existence, life or personality until this specific act of creation. There is nothing that intimates anything else but a definite, immediate creative act of God that brought man into existence.
How wonderful it is to realise that man is God’s ultimate masterpiece created in His own image. This causes us to value human life, love human life and seek to establish with our Creator the relationship He intended to have with us. When we receive a revelation of creation and our Creator then we can truly say that man’s greatest aspiration is to know God, to love God and to make Him known.