Creation – Purpose of Creation, Theology of Creation

I believe creation is the free act of God whereby he, according to his sovereign will and for his own glory, in the beginning brought forth the whole visible and invisible universe, without the use of preexistent material (ex nihilo), and thus gave it an existence, distinct from his own and yet always dependent on and in relationship to him. (Gen. 1; Is. 40:26, 28; Amos 4:13; Psalm 90:2; Jer. 10:12; Is. 43:7; Matt. 3:35, 24:21, Mark 10:6, 13:9; Rom, 1:20; Eph. 1:4; Heb. 1:10, 4:3, 9:36; 1 Peter 1:20; Rev. 3:14, 13:18, 17:8) He created everything: the things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him and through him. (Col. 1:16-17) My interpretive approach to the biblical account of creation is the ideal-time theory.

I believe creation is God’s doxology.

God is working out a history of redemption, bringing all things to consummation. Therefore, the purpose of creation is to reveal God. Creation is God sharing Himself with us. He is the One who shut up the sea behind doors, who comprehends the vast expanses of the earth, who brings forth the constellations in their seasons, who has wisdom to count the clouds. (Job 38:8, 18, 32, 37; Ps. 19:1) It pleases Him to reveal His glory. Although God is sufficient in and of Himself, His creation brings Him glory (Ps 19:1; Neh 9:5-6; Rev 4:11)

I believe, in Christian theology, the identity of the Creator is to be defined in Trinitarian terms. I believe creation was an act of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father is the ultimate source of the creation (Gen. 1:1-3; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:4-6); God the Son executes the decree to create (John 1:3; John 5:19, 1 Cor 8:6; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:10); God the Holy Spirit manifests the divine presence in the creation (Gen 1:2; Job 26:13; 33:4; John 16:13; Ps. 104:30). I affirm that creation is a concrete act of God to be in relationship, and that creation is creation for fellowship. The three-in-one God made the world and is the Lord of everything in heaven and earth. (Acts 17:24-28; Is. 44:24)

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