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Creation

Genesis 1-3 is the historically accurate account of the creation of all things out of nothing, by the spoken work of God, over six literal days.

General Statement

  1. It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Heb 1:2, Joh 1:2-3, Gen 1:2, Job 26:13, Job 33:4)
    1. For the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness (Rom 1:20, Jer 10:12, Ps 104:24, Ps 33:5-6)
    2. In the beginning, to create, or make out of nothing (ex nihilo), over six days, the world, and all things in it, whether visible or invisible and all very good (Gen 1:1-31, Heb 11:3, Col 1:16, Ac 17:24, Ex 20:9-11)
  2. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female:
    1. With reasonable and immortal souls (Gen 2:7, Ec. 12:7, Lu 23:43, Mt 10:28)
    2. Endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after His own image (Ge 1:26, Col 3:10, Eph 4:24).
    3. Having the law of God written in their hearts (Rom 2:14,15)
    4. And power to fulfill it (Ecc 7:29).
    5. Yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will which was subject to change (Gen 3:6, Ec 7:29)
    6. Beside this law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:17, 3:8-11,23)
    7. Which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures (Gen 1:26-28)

Clarifications

  1. Any view of creation which subscribes to a naturalistic (non-miraculous) or macro-evolutionary model is inconsistent with God’s Word and is to be considered “unsound doctrine”
  2. Any view of the Genesis account that seeks to make it a myth, allegory, poetry, or anything other than a true account of the direct, deliberate creation of all that is by the supernatural hand of God is to be rejected