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The gospel and the days of creation*

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on March 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Does the gospel relate to the days of creation? I think it does. God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) created the heavens and the earth (and mankind) in the space of six days and then He rested, and all was very good (Gen. 1:31). However, it is not all very good now. The gospel is the good news that God the Creator did not leave the entirety of His creation to be damned and end in utter ruin. He put a rescue-plan in operation. He first reveals this plan in Genesis 3:15 in the context of cursing the serpent. “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel” (Gen. 3:15). Here is the promise of a skull-crushing seed of the woman who ends up destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

This promise ends up being fulfilled by the eternal Son of God, “the exact representation of [God’s] nature” (Heb. 1:3), becoming one of us–He became man imago Dei. He did this in order to repair the damage done by sin. Jesus Christ did not sin on any day of the week. He obeyed, unlike Adam, working and resting without sin His entire life. But He did not obey simply as proof of His unique identity. The eternal Son of God obeyed in human nature on behalf of others. Christ’s perfect, weekly obedience is the ground upon which believing sinners are pronounced righteous in God’s sight.  And some day, He will usher those who believe in Him into the “new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13). Believers will enter God’s rest (Heb. 4). Creation and new creation are vitally related in the biblical drama of revelation. Redemption by Christ is connected to creation in the space of six days.

Richard Barcellos
Grace Reformed Baptist Church
Palmdale, CA
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*This is an excerpt from Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective, forthcoming from RBAP.

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