“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 ESV)
The basis for the propositional truth for the worldview of Biblical Theism, and its consequential implications including being accountable to the God of the Bible, stems from the very first verse from the first chapter of the first book of the Bible: Genesis 1:1. This verse is not an archaic, ancient or outdated text having no application to our lives today. Instead, the text establishes the foundation, source and starting point for all the biblical theist believes, and consequentially does, in knowing and living for God the Creator.
To begin with we observe the event of creation. “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1, ESV). The phrase is one word in the Hebrew (רֵאשִׁית / rēʾšît). It refers to the point in time which is the beginning. It is the beginning of time at the point of the initiation of life that God created. The word appears fifty times in nearly all parts of the Old Testament. The primary meaning is “first” or “beginning” of a series.
Secondly, we observe the person responsible for creation: God. The word for God is אֱלֹהִים / ʾělohîm. This refers to the One, True God. We should note that though the form is a grammatical plural, the meaning is singular and many sources believe this implies a plurality of majesty or stateliness.
Thirdly, we observe the extent of creation. God created the heavens (שָׁמַיִם / šamayim) and the earth (אֹות, אֵת / ʾowt, ʾēt /אֶרֶץ / ʾeres). The heavens refer to the sky (Psalm 18:10), the universe (I Kings 18:45) and the abode of God (Deuteronomy 14:10). The earth refers to the ground, the whole earth as opposed to a part, countries, regions, districts and the specifically nations, such as the Land of Israel or the Promised Land. The word “earth” occurs 2,400 times in the Old Testament.
The practical implications are significant regarding what the Bible reveals about God the creator. Here are but a few practical implications to consider.
As creator, we see that God is sovereign, majestic, and intimately involved in creation. This includes when tragedy strikes in this fallen and sinful world. It would be logical and reasonable to assume that Christians, in light of their commitment to the Bible’s teachings of Biblical Theism, would therefore live their lives accountable to God and His Word. Such a life results in seeking to bring God glory by submission before and obedience to His Word and will.
However, a tension increasingly exists where Christians affirm Biblical Theism in principle by what they say but reject it in what they do in by rebelliously rejecting God’s Word. In other words, believers cannot truly affirm Biblical Theism on the one hand while at the same time reject salvation solely in Jesus Christ and live lives which are more in keeping with Atheistic Secularism on the other. It is contradictory or hypocritical to affirm the existence of a personal creator God who is also Savior and Lord but at the same time live in rebellion to the ethical teachings and commands of that very same personal creator God, Savior and Lord.
Therefore, believers in Christ must examine their lives and lifestyle, their ethical choices to see if they are living consistently to their commitment to the personal Creator and Savior of the Bible (God). We must examine our lives, lifestyle and ethical choices to see if in any way they are consistent with Atheistic Secularism’s rejection of the personal creator of the Bible (God). The believer who is truly committed to biblical truth will repent and renew their commitment to the One, True God.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-16 – “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16 ESV)
Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)
Has God brought you into a covenant relationship with Him through the finished work, the substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection, of Jesus Christ? This is the beginning point of possessing and living eternally in light of God the Creator who is also Savior and Lord.
Soli deo Gloria!