What Does Genesis 1:1 Mean?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1(ASV)

Verse Thoughts

The earth was created to be beautiful, with great structure and design and it was spoken into being for a specific and wonderful purpose. The earth is a profound mystery that was conceived in the heart of the eternal God and reflects amazing precision, breath-taking complexity, and delicate intricacies.

The heights and depths of His creative abilities and the mysterious purpose behind His creation can never be fathomed by the mere mind of man, nor his intellectual scrutiny. Foolish theories on the origin of the universe abound, which only give rise to the man's innate rebellious nature. Nothing can bridge the gap from nothingness to something, from inanimate to a self-conscious living being, with a free-will to make choices between the good and the evil and a conscience to guide those decisions.

The world was spoken into being by the WORD of the Almighty - the eternally-wise God - Who is to be praised forever, amen. The earth was spoken into being by the wisdom of the Almighty through the eternal WORD of God. The first four words of the Bible states its origin, "in the beginning GOD.." It was the beginning of everything... time, matter, space and universal laws. It was the start of the principles that govern life. And despite man's desire to exclude God from His creation, it is a statement of fact that the eternal, almighty, omnipotent God created the heavens and the earth, by the might of His power.

While verse 1 is an announcement of God's creative act, the following verses expand on this by detailing the process of filling and forming the heavens and the earth. The process of creation took place over six creative days, until God was well-satisfied with His creative work and declared it to be very good.

Innumerable kinds of incredible creatures and brightly coloured birds of the air, flocked forth from the earth. Multitudes of fish came forth in great abundance from the fruitful waters and man was fashioned and formed from by the hand of God, in the image and likeness of his great Creator. Man was charged with taking dominion over the entire earth as God's anointed representative ruler.

Fish and fowl, creatures and man were the work of His creative hand, and man was finally brought forth from the dust of the earth which came out of nothing. The world was spoken into being, out of NOTHING - and it was so. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out! Oh, the mystery of His spoken WORD.

However, it was not only the visible creation in heaven and earth that was brought into being, as stated by that first verse in the "Book of Beginnings". God's creative act was the genesis of everything that we know and understand, in the structure of life and the process of living.

When God created the heavens and the earth, He laid the foundations for order and complexity, for the atmosphere on earth and hydrosphere in the heavens. From God's initial creative act came life and light; marriage and families; languages and peoples; governments and sovereignty; culture and civilisations; science and music and everything upon which our life founded.

The fool has said in his heart 'there is no God', despite the declaration of His mighty power from the heavens above and the earth beneath. His eternal power and divine nature, is clearly seen throughout creation, and announced through the inner conscience of man... and together with the written Word of God, clear testimony is given to every man of the undeniable truth that, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

He is truly an amazing God.

My Prayer

Loving Father, as I see Your great wisdom reflected in Your wonderful creation, I want to praise You with my whole being. Thank you for the creative Word-of-God, Who not only spoke the worlds into being from nothing, but died for me, so that I could live – so that I could have life, everlasting life and life more abundantly. I thank you in Jesus' name, AMEN.

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