Genesis 1

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Quick Summary: God created the heavens, the earth and everything that lives. He made humankind in his image, and gave them charge over the earth.


Creation, Accomplished by God

Who made all of this? 

Genesis 1:1 (ESV)  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Acts 17:24 (ESV)  “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man…”

Psalm 33:6 (ESV)  “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”

Psalm 33:9 (ESV)  “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”

Hebrews 11:3 (ESV)  “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.”

Isaiah 42:5 (ESV)  “Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it…”

Colossians 1:16 (ESV)  “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”

Romans 1:20 (ESV)  “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”


How He did it. God spoke it into being.

Genesis 1:3 (ESV)  “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

Genesis 1:6 (ESV)  “And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.'”

Genesis 1:9 (ESV)  “And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so.”

Genesis 1:11 (ESV)  “And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.”

Genesis 1:14 (ESV)  “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years…”

Genesis 1:20 (ESV)  “And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.'”

Genesis 1:24 (ESV)  “And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.’ And it was so.”

Genesis 1:26 (ESV)  “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”

Notice God’s: Authority, Power, Sovereignty 


Man was made in God’s image

Genesis 1:26 (ESV)  “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”

The image of God does not necessarily mean that God looks like us but rather that we carry within us an outline of the divinity of God and were created to represent him on this earth.

Also note that mankind was created unique and above the rest of creation.  As such we were commanded by God to take dominion over the rest of creation.

God exists in three persons. (The Hebrew word is a plural noun.) Father, Son, Holy Spirit 

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