The Expository Files


The first verse in the Bible affirms that "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Consider some vital truths found in this very short statement:

There was a definite beginning to our universe. The materials out of which our physical universe is made up are not eternal - and here science fact and Biblical revelation are agreed. However, when we leave fact and consider theories, we do find disagreement. One theory says a "big bang" started it all, but then cannot explain where the materials came from that caused the bang. The Bible says that God's word is what started it all.

Also, the existence of supreme power, splendor and intelligence is affirmed and identified as "God." Later, God determined to make the human race "in the image of God." We are, in effect, God's offspring. For this reason, God cares for us.

The word "created" in this verse expresses the idea of making something out of nothing. Our universe was not created from materials that already existed, but God created matter itself (see also Heb. 11:3).

Friend, you are not the product of blind, purposeless chance or cosmic accident. You are the product of plan and purpose, and for that reason are due respect and dignity. Do not swallow the lie that says you are less than that.

By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 9.8; August 2002