God’s Plan of Redemption – Part 1 – In the Beginning

God’s Plan of Redemption – Part 1 – In the Beginning

Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV (6) As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, (7) rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

  • We do not use science to prove the Word of God. The Word of God needs no proof as it is able to stand on its own.
  • God does not go into great detail in the Word of this time period in the earth because He does not have to justify Himself to anyone and why things happened the way that they did.
  • The Word of God is not a scientific book. It is the Word of God that God has given to us to first lead us to salvation and then provides a means whereby we can live and govern our lives according to God’s standards.
  • Does science contradict the Word of God? Sometimes it does contradict but when it does, you always go with the Word of God.
  • Can science be trusted?
  • What about evolution?
  • Does science ever contradict the Word of God? If so, we always go with the Word of God.

(Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (3) Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

  1. Creation
  2. Chaos
  3. Restoration

Notice we see God creating the heaven and the earth in verse 1 and then in verse 2 we see the earth without form and void.

There is a line of thinking called the “gap theory” which indicates that there was a gap in time between verse one and verse two.

The earth was not created in six days; the earth was created instantaneously. What we see in Genesis 1 is six days of restoration not creation.

God restored the earth back to the original state that He created it.

From Genesis 1:2 until now is approximately 6000 years. We see God making Adam 6000 years ago and so the history of humanity is 6000 years but the earth is actually much older than that.

When we see the reference to the time period called “in the beginning”, we do not know exactly when this was. Even science does not know how old the earth is exactly but what we can see from science and the Word of God that it is older than 6000 years.

We need to find out what the Bible has to say about all of the prehistoric things that have been discovered because we cannot just dismiss them as they obviously did exist.

Genesis 1:1 NKJV (1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The word “Genesis” is actually the Greek word for “beginning.”

Make note of the word “created.” In Hebrew it is the word “bara.” It means to create something out of nothing.

Hebrews 11:3 NKJV (3) By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

God literally created the universe and all that is in it out of nothing.

Colossians 1:16-17 KJV (16)  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17)  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Genesis 1:24-25 NKJV (24) Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. (25) And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

We also see in chapter one the word “made” and this is the Hebrew word “asah.” This word means to create something out of something else. We see that God made the animals and man.

Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV (26) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Man was the only part of creation that was “bara” and “asah” which means that man was created out of nothing (his spirit) and then his body was made out of the dust of the earth.

Genesis 1:2 NKJV (2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Notice in this verse it begins with the word “and”. It should be more accurately translated “but.”

The word “was” should be translated “became.” The verse should read, “But the earth became without form and void…”

The earth was not originally made without form and void but it became that way.

“Without form” is the Hebrew word “tohu” and is correctly translated “formless.”

“Hovered” is actually the word “brood” like a mother bird broods over her young. The Holy Spirit began to brood over the face of the waters. He began to move and heat and light once again entered the earth.

After this, we have the account of the restoration of the earth to its beauty and brilliance that it had in the beginning.

Isaiah 45:18 NKJV (18) For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.

“Created” – “bara” made out of nothing.

“In vain” is the Hebrew word “tohu” which says that God did not create the earth void and purposeless.

Isaiah 14:12-15 NKJV (12) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! (13) For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (15) Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.

Lucifer is a fallen archangel. He is a cherub which are the highest ranking angels in Heaven. Ezekiel 28 says that he was the anointed cherub that “coverss.” We know cherubim were made into the veil of the tabernacle. We see cherubs made into the lid of the Ark of the Covenant. Cherubs are extremely important to the Presence of God.

Lucifer was designed by God to lead praise and worship not in Heaven but rather here on the earth. His domain was here on the earth.

Isaiah 14:13 NKJV (13) For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;

It has always been the will of God to be carried out on earth as it is in Heaven.

Matthew 6:10 NKJV (10) Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 18:18 NKJV (18) “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

God has always made Heaven and earth to work and flow together.

Notice verse 12 says “…how art thou fallen…” When you fall, you fall down. He was cut down to the ground (earth). When you ascend you go up. These things indicate that Lucifer’s domain was in the earth when he fell. He said he would ascend above the clouds.

Notice that when he fell, he weakened the nations. Remember, that when he showed up in the Garden of Eden, he was already called Satan.

Isaiah 14:17 NKJV (17) Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’

Isaiah 14:12 NKJV (12) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!

There were inhabitants on the earth during the time that Lucifer ruled over the earth. We do not know what the inhabitants looked like; if they were human-like or not. Scientists have discovered the remains of human like creatures and of course they have tried to link them with men but they were not men or the predecessors of men.

We do not know how long the earth was in chaos after Lucifer’s fall.

This is the time-frame in which dinosaurs walked the face of the earth. The whole earth was thrown into chaos and everything was functioning opposite of the way that God originally intended for it to be.

2 Peter 3:5-7 NKJV (5)  For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, (6)  by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. (7)  But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2 Peter 3 says that the earth was flooded with water, God removed the light and the earth was frozen in darkness. Scientists have also talked about the ice ages that were in the earth.

The Holy Spirit then began to brood over the earth and warmth entered the earth and then in six days God restored the earth back to original state.

Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV (26) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (28) Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill (replenish) the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 9:1 KJV (1)  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

He then gave Satan the ultimate slap in the face by creating this creature out of the earth called man and breathed into him and then gave him dominion over the whole earth.

Think about this: God can turn that which was cursed and make it into a blessing. Think about this every time you put gas in your car. God took the chaos that Satan loosed in the earth and pack it all down and compressed it until it became fossil fuels for us to use today.

For those that believe that the earth is just 6000 years old, take a look at the stars in heaven. Some of the light that reaches us is tens of thousands of light years old.

Romans 8:22-23 NKJV (22) For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (23) Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Just like we as believers are waiting for the Lord to come and complete our redemption, the earth is waiting for the curse to be removed from it once and for all.