Lesson 1 – God Made the World
By Oluwole Josiah
IN THE OPENING of the Book of Beginnings – Genesis, we read:
“In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth,” Gen. 1:1.
THIS IS THE GRANDEST revelation ever known to mankind. It laid to rest all his puzzles and erased long standing fables on how the world came to be. Although many still fail to believe the Biblical account of creation, there is no doubt that it is the most believable and reasonable account that is available to man.
THE WORLD was created! It did not occur through the “big bang.” God made the world. He designed and created it without the help of any man.
TO BELIEVE this account, you must first believe in the existence of a Supreme Being and that He is Omnipotent (All Powerful). Those who do not believe in creation often do not believe in the existence of God, Oh what blindness! There is God, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
PSALM 24:1 tells us that:
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
WE ARE TOLD that “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep,” Verse 2. So after the world came about, it needed further development for a better outlook and beauty. So we read, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” We were not told how long it took the Spirit to move upon the face of the waters, neither were we told how far he had to travel through the length and breadth of the earth. But He moved and something happened. God said there should be light, and the light came. Light was the first feature of the creation of the world. As soon as light came, darkness disappeared. The nature of things became visible and further work could now continue.
AGAIN, IT IS also made clear that at the command of God, the light came to be. For we read in John 1:1-3,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
ALTHOUGH THE BEAUTIFUL created by God thousands and thousands of years ago has been corrupted by man, the Lord has promised to make anew all things, this time around not in the physical world, but in the souls of men. For He said, “Behold, I make all things new,” Rev. 21:5.
IT MUST BE STATED here that a life without God is like an existence “without form and void.” Although God has made you and created you into this world, you will live a life of emptiness if you live without Him.
WHEN A SOUL HEARS the word of God and comes under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, who persuades him to repent of his sins and turn to God; if the soul yields, the Light, that Great Light would stream through his heart and he would be enlightened and further spiritual development would commence in his life.
THE BIBLE TELLS US that to walk in sin is to walk in darkness. That is why sinful works are termed the works of darkness. Therefore the soul in sin is a soul in darkness. The light of God is Christ which shines upon the whole world.
IN JOHN 1:4-5 we see that
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
ALTHOUGH THE LIGHT is available to all, many are still groping in the dark, not knowing where they are going. It is not because God is not willing to bring them to light, but because they have rejected the light. Jesus Christ said, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil,” John 3:19.
WITH CHRIST in your life, there is light and life, there is joy and love. For the Bible says,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
IT IS A BEAUTIFUL WORLD with Christ; it is a world made anew and eternal life guaranteed. Not as in the old world which is corruptible, but in the Spirit ever rejoicing in the Lord.
IN THE SAME vein, a life without Christ is light out, darkness, misery and woes and at the end eternal damnation.
IT IS THE TRUTH, God made the world, and we can see down through the chapter how by His command He created all things, each having its uniqueness and a touch of great artistry and architecture. Then He made man, and indeed all flesh.
BECAUSE HE IS the God of the whole earth and its owner, he will someday bring it to an end in judgment. So friend you are living in God’s world and everyman will give account of his life here on earth at the end of time.