God : The Universe Out Of Nothing

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God created the universe out of nothing (Ps.33:6,9). By affirming God as Creator we set him apart from creation (in contrast to pantheism) and assert that creation is dependent on him (in contrast to materialism/dualism/deism) (Acts17:25,28; Eph.4:6). All of creation is intended to show God’s glory (Ps.19:1-2). Before the fall He deemed it very good (Gen.1:31), thus leading us to delight in his creativity and goodness as we serve as stewards entrusted to care for creation. As modern science seeks to explain the origins of the universe, it is imperative to take a view of creation consistent with Scripture. Understanding Genesis 1, I fully believe that God could create the original creation with an appearance of age from the very beginning…show more content…
Scripture reveals to us this essential doctrine in the teaching of there being only one God, the LORD (Deut.6:4-5), who reveals himself as Father (Is.64:8; Ps.89:27), Son (Mk.1:1; Jn.3:16) and Holy Spirit (Jn.14:26). Similarly, scripture teaches that in Jesus, we see the image of the invisible God (Col.1:15) as Lord over all (Jn. 20:28; Ro.9:5; Tit.2:13). Jesus is the Word of God (Jn.1:1), the perfect incarnate expression of the Father and the one who is the good news to be proclaimed. He is the expression of the Father, yet differentiated from the one who sent him (Ro.15:5-6) through the incarnation, his work of atonement on the cross (1Cor. 15:3-4), personhood (Gal. 4:4) and function as savior (1Tim. 2:5). The NT also gives evidence of the third person of the Holy Spirit as the Breath of the Godhead (Gen.1:2; Jn.20:22; Acts2:2), God’s abiding presence leading all creation to its intended goal (2Cor.5:1-5; Eph.1:11-14). He is acknowledged as divine (Acts5:3,4), with aspects of personality attributed to him (1Cor.2:10; Ro.8:26-27), though a distinct person from the Father and the Son (2Cor.13:14). Each person is fully God, eternally existing as three Persons (hypostasis) in a loving unity of one indivisible essence (homoousia), with distinctions between the three, not as some amorphous entity. A contemporary denial of the doctrine of the Trinity is found in the teaching of Mormonism, which affirms a “Godhead” yet not as a
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