by Dave Miller
In the beginning God… (Gen 1:1) The Father was and is. He had a purpose and a plan and chose to put that plan into motion.
…created the heavens and the earth.(Gen 1:1) In a sentence the whole of the universe is explained. Our focus, however, is not on the creation itself but the will of the Father, accomplished. When the Father wills, His will is brought to completion.
The earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. (Gen 1:2) We see creation in patient anticipation for what is to come. Out of the formless emptiness the Father is about to bring about a magnificent reflection of the Holiness in Glory! The Spirit waits for the Word to be spoken, to empower the will of the Father in the creation explosion.
Then God said… (Gen 1:3) God the Father speaks. He never speaks without purpose, He never speaks a casual word or a pointless utterance. At the moment the Word is spoken the Spirit will empower the purpose for which that word was sent. Careful attention and intentionality is given to every Word God speaks.
Let there be light, and there was light.(Gen 1:3) Creation was formless and empty until the Father introduces the light. When the light comes, creation can, at every word that comes from the mouth of God receive life, the resources necessary to demonstrate the glory of its Creator through marvelous beauty and majesty.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) All things were created through him, and apart from him was not one thing created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:3-5) The Son was the Word of the Father. When the Father speaks he speaks through the Son. When the Word was first uttered, light coursed through the darkness and brought light and life to all creation. The Son accomplished the creation will of the Father, empowered by the Spirit.
Now you and I live in a broken world. Once coursing with the intrinsic glory of its Creator, revealing His Holiness by the will of the Father, accomplished by the Son, and brought with power by the Spirit, we now endure an old creation marked by sin and struggles for a far lesser glory of man. The Creator, however, will not leave his masterpiece in shambles. The old creation tries to woefully compete for a glory it can never have, as it marches towards failed attempts and destruction. (Rom 3:23) The Father wills that none should perish but all come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9) So what would the Father do? Speak of course. For “the word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” (Isaiah 55:11)
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:16) For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) For our world has returned to emptiness in desperate need of the light. This is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God. (John 3:19-21) A call has gone out from the mouth of the Word in the flesh, Jesus Christ. Repent and believe for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Mark 1:15)
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. (John 3:17-18)
A new creation, a Kingdom that will never fail, is breaking into the darkness. A Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome. The light breaks the back of the darkness by taking upon himself the shame, rebellion, and curse of the old creation in death and bringing with him the explosion of the new creation in the power of the Spirit was he walks out of the grave. (Col 1:15-20) The old has gone and the new has come. (2 Cor 5:17) Therefore we no longer regard anyone according the flesh because the Word has spoken. (2 Cor 5:16) The will of the Father has been accomplished and the ambassadors of this new creation have been sent in the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Word of the gospel. (2 Cor 5:20, Acts 1:8)
How can they believe unless they hear. How can they hear unless they are sent. How beautiful and majestic are the feet pounding the old creation dirt heralding the new creation Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 10:) “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9) The Son of God has died, was buried, and has risen from the dead. Light has come. The new creation has brought an everlasting kingdom with its Everlasting King!”
I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power unto salvation for those who believe. (Romans 1:16) Are you?
The Father willed. The Son accomplished, the Spirit empowers. The Word must be spoken. Will you, ambassador, carry the new creation power with you today and bring light to the darkness? Do you believe the light will overcome? The kingdom is very near. A new reflection of the Creator’s glory is coming one disciple at a time.