Genesis - Why Did God Create?

Summary

We begin the study of the Book of Genesis with a fundamental question: "Why did God create?"

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Class Date:
September 9, 2012 //
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Length:
63 min (14.5 MB) //
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2012_09_09_Genesis.mp3

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Genesis - Why Did God Create?

Additional Notes

Prayer verse: Colossians 1:15-20

Why did God create?  To the praise of His glory:

  • Ephesians 1:1-6 - Father
  • Ephesians 1:11-12 - Son
  • Ephesians 11:13-14 - Holy Spirit

God created in order to express and bring about recognition of who He is and of His glory.

Seven attributes constitute God's glory (Exodus 34:6-7):

  • mercy/compassion
  • grace
  • longsuffering
  • lovingkindness
  • truth
  • forgiveness
  • justice

God's glory is manifest (visible) in:

  • His Word
  • His Son
  • His people

Where does this put us?  We're at the heart of why He created - to reveal the transcendant, invisible, eternal God to a world that not only doesn't know Him, but is by nature opposed to Him.

God even created the audience - the angelic beings (Ephesians 3:7-11, Philippians 2:10).

God's Spirit indwelling us as believers allows us to express God's attributes.  Knowing the purpose of creation should cause us to evaluate everything we think and do in our lives to see if it reveals God and His glory, rather than revealing our depraved, fallen nature.