9th January 2020

In The Beginning Parallels

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
John 1:1-3 (NIVUK)

The opening chapters of both the Bible books of Genesis and John begin with the same three words, “in the beginning.” Genesis discusses the beginning of the physical creation whilst John discusses the beginning of the new creation in Jesus, the Word made flesh. Genesis begins with what God did but John begins with who God is. In order to understand the beginnings of the new creation we need to first to understand more about who God is. The Hebrew expression translated “God created” in Genesis 1:1 shows that the creator God is singular however, the Holy Spirit was also involved in creation (verse 2) which hints that there could be a plurality of persons in the one Godhead. The opening scripture above shows that the Word, who was God, was also in the one Godhead and involved in creation. John draws parallels between the physical and new creations. For example:

In Genesis, God from eternity spoke the universe into existence. In John the Word steps out of eternity into his creation.

God creates physical light to separate light from darkness and declares the light to be good, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3-4). In John, Jesus becomes the spiritual light of the world that shines in the darkness of unregenerated fallen humanity and is the embodiment of goodness. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).

In Genesis God creates life, flesh, Adam and Eve; in John “the Word became flesh” and as a result Jesus becomes the source of eternal life, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

In Genesis God walked in the Garden of Eden, in John the incarnate Word “made his
dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

In Genesis God summarises the totality of his original creation as “very good,” in John Jesus comes to redeem and make good a fallen creation as “the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Studying the word of God, the Bible, gives many advantages, but a new creation and salvation resides in the one about whom the Bible speaks, Jesus, the Word made flesh.

Prayer
Father, we thank you for your grace, that “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Amen

Study by Eddie Marsh
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About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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Grace Communion Sheffield
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