Since the foundation of the world… October 14, 2012Posted by Gavin Porter in Additional Thoughts.
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We all know the creation story of how God created everything in six days and then rested on the seventh. Many theologians have taught Genesis two as an explanation of Genesis one, the two chapters rolled into one story. Perhaps if we have a better understanding of these first two chapters we will also understand God’s original intention and His ultimate goal.
In Genesis one God created all things. His work being finished after six days, He then rested from His labours. Think about it! Everything was created in those first six days and then God rested.
“…the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” Heb 4:3b
When we come to Genesis 2 all of God’s works were finished, but there were not yet any plants in the field or men to till the ground. Everything was already created, but everything was not yet manifested. The plants were created in Genesis 1:11, but only manifested in Genesis 2. Man was created in Genesis 1:27, but only manifested in Genesis 2:7 when God formed man from the dust of the earth and brought forth that which was already created. This is not difficult to understand. Think about it, when were you created? And when were you manifested or revealed? I was created in Genesis one, but only revealed in 1968 AD. Look at the trees outside. When were they created and when were they revealed? Jesus Himself was foreordained before the foundation of the world and then manifested later when the Word became flesh.
“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” 1 Pet 1:20
Genesis two is the beginning of the unfolding of everything that was created in Genesis one. Man being created last in Genesis one, but being manifested early in Genesis two so that man can share God’s joy and participate in His process of revelation.
Genesis one is the complete and perfect, original and final creation of God. This is God’s original intention and ultimate goal. The end declared at the beginning.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Is 46:10
It is in Genesis one that God foreknew us and predestined us.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate…” Rom 8:29
It is in Genesis one that God chose us in Christ.
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…” Eph 1:4a
Genesis one is the declaration of God’s perfect vision. Genesis two is the first steps of the unfolding of His vision. After the fall of man we do not look forward to being restored to what Adam had in Genesis two, but rather to be restored to God’s original vision of Genesis one! God’s vision, His original intention, which was kept secret since the foundation of the world, has been fulfilled and is now revealed in Christ!