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Creation 43(1):6, January 2021

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God speaks!

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God-speaks

A striking aspect of God’s creating is that He speaks things into existence. In Genesis Chapter 1, regarding how everything came to be, we read “God said …” eight times. The first time (Genesis 1:3), we read “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” God spoke and it happened.

Only God can speak things into existence. The New Testament (NT) confirms this means of creating: “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” God spoke everything into existence from nothing. The secular big bang idea has everything coming from nothing, but with no sufficient cause for this to happen (nothing begets nothing!). See p. 24 of this issue.

Throughout Scripture we see the power of God’s Word emphasized. Indeed, this is the reason for the authority of the Bible; it is God’s Word—as it claims to be some 2,800 times.

The timeframe given in Genesis 1—six days—underlines the instantaneous nature of God creating things by His word on each day.

Furthermore, it is this immediate effect of God speaking in Genesis that shows us the divine nature of Jesus in the NT. When Jesus speaks, we see instant effects that are only possible because He is God the Son.

In the healing of the paralyzed man (Matthew 9; Mark 2), Jesus spoke, and the man walked straightaway—he did not need months of therapy!

With the storm on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus spoke, and the storm stopped immediately. Not only did the wind stop, but the waves too. Anyone familiar with the sea knows that after strong winds the waves continue for some time; they do not stop immediately the wind stops. The disciples knew that they had witnessed something that only God could do. They said, “What sort of man is this that even the winds and sea obey him?” (Matthew 8:27). The sailors on Jonah’s ship also recognized the hand of God when the storm suddenly stopped (p. 48).

In the feeding of the two crowds, Jesus created lots of extra bread and fish from nothing (Matthew 14, 15; Mark 6, 8; Luke 9, John 6). Only God can do this.

Saying that creation occurred over long ages of slow and gradual processes undoes these clear connections of Genesis 1 with the divinity of Christ. In contrast, the evidence for the biblical timeframe is getting stronger all the time—see some powerful examples in the interview with Dr Russell Humphreys (p. 44) and the article on chalk (p. 36).

We see also that creation thinking makes sense of things such as mass extinctions (p. 40) and nature conservation (the red panda, p. 55). And we see lots of evidence that God did create living things (pp. 12, 22), and ‘after their kind’ (see pp. 17, 28). Living things show that a super-intelligence created them (p. 14), and our remarkable sun also reveals the hand of God, including His power (p. 32).

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Readers’ comments

David G.
God's speaking material objects into existence demonstrates not only his power, but that mind/logos is prior to the organization of material and uniquely productive of it. Material does not organize itself; it requires mind. It doesn't come from other material, but from the mind of God, active in his Word (John 1, 1:3). In Proverbs 3:19, 20 we are told that God created by his wisdom, understanding and knowledge. We, as his creatures in his image, are able to bring wisdom, understanding and knowledge to living in his material creation and thus act in line with the reality of God's method of creation as we organise our understanding into information that we can transmit to each other..
Norman P.
A wonderful, clarion call to faith in our great Creator and Redeemer, calling for the exultant praise of Psalm 148. May the whole earth hear it!
Michael V.
Thanks Don,
I like how you’ve brought out from the gospels that characteristic of true faith is to believe in a God who is able to speak something into being.

Unless you believe Genesis 1 as truly historical, as God speaking things into existence within that one-week timeframe, you have missed this important aspect of faith.

This was not missing in our greatest of predecessors:

Abraham, the great Father of faith, believed in a God who “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Rom 4:17 ESV), and

John Calvin, the greatest theologian of the last Millennium, who said, “... six days were employed in the formation of the world; not that God, to whom one moment is as a thousand years, had need of this succession of time, but that he might engage us in the contemplation of his works.”
Gilbert B.
Thank you for a thoughtful article on the power of God's speaking in creation out of nothing. God's omnipotent power is truly amazing. But it is also wonderful that He has given mankind the power of speech and reasoning.
I am also amazed at the power of God to bring spiritual light and life into any who believe in Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. In such a designed universe, we are truly without excuse."
Yesterday I looked up on the internet "Origin of Human Language," and I got over 40 computer screens of evolutionary conjectures. Then I turned to Genesis 1 and 2. God spoke before human beings were created. As soon as Adam was created, he was able to speak. God assigned him to name the created animals. Zoology was the first occupation And Adam realized that there was no helper corresponding to him.
So God put Adam to sleep and removed a rib from which He created Eve. But Adam named Eve prophetically. She was to be the mother of all living human beings. Adam could talk from the start: he had language, grammar, and could invent words with meaning.
Human language does change over the generations, but degenerates since the Tower of Babel: Imperfect language learning and simplification makes the differences. I thank the Lord for His Word which speaks truth about creation, humankind, and our future hope.
Thomas C.
Jesus told Satan when he tempted Jesus to turn the stones into bread so Jesus could eat. "Man shall not love by bread alone but by every word of God" Equating bread with word of God. That is how we live by God's speech.
Nicholas S.
By God's Perfect Word: Pure, Perfect Light on the First Day.

The Bible, as Alive yesterday as it is today.

The Power of God's Word. Our Salvation, our Greatest Blessing. Our Bible is the next Great Blessing and Treasure. God's Word in the Bible still has Great Power. We know someone who suffered carried over anxiety, panic attacks and subsequent depression for decades. He was told, by a fellow Christian, that God knows him better than he knows himself. He decided from that point on to find out more about God (to know God better than he then thought he knew Him) and decided to read the Bible throughout, holistically, from Old to New Testament. The revelation of the Scriptures, from Genesis, of God's Mighty Word in all of Creation; all of the Old Testament, the lessons of the Old Testament; Prophecies fulfilled in Jesus; His Salvation and Healing Word; His Teachings; Paul's letters; all of the New Testament to Revelation. For him, reading all the Bible, then knowing God, His Word, his anxiety panic attacks and depression left him. Now, a decade later, he is still Free and of course still reads the Bible diligently. God's Word, as absolutely applicable yesterday as it is today. All Glory to our Healer for His Word. God's Word, as Alive yesterday in Jesus as He is Alive today, Matthew 28:18-20.

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