God, the Father, the Sole Creator of Heaven and Earth
Despite the massive popularity of the Bible, many are uncertain about who created the universe. The idea that Jesus was active as agent in the Genesis creation is popular, but is it based on the Bible?
The following information is provided by the text of Scripture:
Acts 4:24 (the first believers): “With one mind they lifted their voice to God and said: ‘Sovereign Lord, You made the heaven and the earth, the sea and everything in them.’”
Acts 7:48-50 (Stephen): “The Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool...Has not My hand made all these things?’”
Acts 14:15 (Paul and Barnabas): “We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these useless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.”
Acts 17:24-26 (Paul): “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth...He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else...From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.”
Rev. 4:11 (24 elders): “Worthy are You, O Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because You created everything, and through Your will they existed and came into being.”
Rev. 10:6 (an angel): “And he swore by Him who lives forever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, the sea and all that is in it.”
Rev. 14:7 (an angel): “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water.”
Mark 10:6 (Jesus): “At the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.”
Matt. 19:4 (Jesus): “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female?”
Rom. 11:35-36: “Who has ever given to God that God should repay Him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.”
Heb. 2:10: “God...for whom and through whom everything exists.”
Heb. 3:4: “God is the builder of all things.”
Heb. 4:3-4: “His work has been finished since the creation of the world...On the seventh day God rested from all His work.”
Heb. 11:3: “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.”
1 Cor. 8:6: “There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live, and one lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”
Col. 1:16: “For in him [Christ] [not 'by' him as mistranslated in some versions] all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created through [not 'by' as mistranslated in some versions] him and for him.”
The creator is God, the Father. He made everything. He made man and woman. He rested at creation. Jesus came into being when Mary conceived supernaturally. The miraculous conception makes him the Son of God in a special sense (Luke 1:35).
Jesus Christ was the reason for all creation, the occasion for creation, since as the firstborn he is to possess all authority over the universe under God. But God, the Father, the One God (1 Cor. 8:6) is the creator of all things:
Isaiah 44:24: “I am the Lord (Yahweh) who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens and spread out the earth by Myself.”
Why, then, did Yahweh say, “Let us make man in our image”? (Gen. 1:26). He may have been addressing His attendant council as in 1 Kings 22:19: “I saw the Lord and all the host of heaven standing by Him.” Since angels appear to be made in the image of God, Genesis 1:26 may include them. However, God was alone responsible for the Genesis creation as Isaiah 44:24 and the New Testament texts cited above show.
NOTE: No argument can be built for plurality in the Godhead from the plural ending on Elohim (God). Moses, who is a single person, is called Elohim (Ex. 7:1). The Messiah is called Elohim (Ps. 45:6; Heb. 1:8). Note that the Greek version of the Old Testament and the New Testament always render the word God by theos which is a singular, not plural, word. In Judges 8:33; 16:23-24, a single idol is called Elohim. In 1 Kings 11:33 Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh, the god of the Moabites, and Milcom, the god of the Ammonites, are each designated Elohim, though each was a single god. Furthermore, Abraham is called "lord," where a plural form, adonim ("lords"), is used (Gen. 24:9-10). Potiphar is called the adonim (“masters”) of Joseph (Gen. 39:2, 3, 7, 8, 19, 20) and the “lords” of Joseph in Genesis 39:16 and 40:7. Joseph is called the man who is the “lords” (adonim) of the land and the “lords” of the country (Gen. 42:30, 33) . Other examples of a plural ending with singular meaning may be found in Num. 25:1-5; Deut. 4:7; 1 Sam. 4:5-8; 1 Kings 11:5; 2 Kings 1:2; 19:37.
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