What would God put on His “business card” to introduce Himself?
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
John 1:3 All things came into being through Him; and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Why does the Bible begin by identifying God as the Creator?
Why does the Gospel of John begin by identifying Jesus as the Creator?
Why did the Apostle Paul introduce God to Gentiles as the Creator?
Answer: This is the essential starting point for meeting God!
The purpose of the Bible is to teach man about God and to lead him to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Thus the Bible must introduce God and Jesus to man. These verses introduce us to God and to Jesus with the most awesome identification which we can understand, God the Creator.
God’s “business card” reads: “God the Creator, Maker of heaven and earth.” Throughout the Old Testament God identifies Himself to people this way.
In Lystra on Paul’s 1st Missionary Journey, he identified the true living God as the One “Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them.” (Acts 14:15)
In Paul’s “Unknown God” address to the Athenians on his 2nd Missionary Journey, he identified the true God as the “God who made the world and all things in it.” (Acts 17:24)
In both cases Paul was addressing a pagan culture which did not know the God of the Old Testament as the Jews did. He therefore introduced God to the people of that culture the same way God identified Himself to the Jews in the Old Testament—as the Creator.
Today we live in a post-Christian culture in which there is little Biblical knowledge upon which to build. To lead people to a knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we must start with who God is and why He has a claim on their lives. Therefore, like Paul with the Lystrans and Athenians, we must introduce God to people of our day as The Creator, the One who made the universe.
The only true worldview, the Biblical worldview, begins where the Bible begins—with God as the Creator of the universe.
Soli Deo Gloria.
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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wed October 3, 2007 A.D.
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Thou alone art the LORD. Thou hast made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. Thou dost give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before Thee.