Intro to the Bible (Study #3) – From Creation to New Creation

The busy end of last season, along with a few other responsibilities (and a distinct lack of personal time management!) led me to defer these studies until the Autumn term. In coming back to my notes I realised I hadn’t actually posted the summary of study 3 yet, so here it is.

Intro to the Bible

“God’s commitment to his creation involves a plan of salvation designed eventually to benefit all nations.” (p36)

 

  1. Creation of the universe
    1. God is the creator or all that exists (Gen 1:1-12)
    2. Creation fulfils God’s good purpose at every stage (Psalm 104)
    3. Humans are the crown of God’s creation – created for special relationship with him (Gen 1:24-31)
    4. God’s creative work culminates in ‘rest’ – perfect unspoilt relationship with Him.(Gen 2:1-3)
  2. Human rebellion
    1. Humanity responsibilities:
      1. Dominion (care & maintenance) over creation (Gen 2:15)
      2. To willingly live under the authority of God, and honour him. (Gen 2:16-17)
      3. The marriage relationship – a fulfilment of God’s purpose in creating male and female (Gen 1:26-27)
    2. The breakdown of relationships (the Fall)
      Doubting God’ word led to denial and disobedience. (Gen 3:1-6) The immediate consequence of disobedience was a breakdown in relationships, both with God and with eachother.

      1. Humanity & God – we are alienated from God and avoid encounter with him (Gen 3:8-11)
      2. Human relationships – relationship between Adam and Eve (husband and wife) is afected (Gen 3:7, 12, 16-24). Joy of differences is replaced with struggle.Breakdown of other human relationships e.g. Cain & Abel, Lamech (Gen 4), Noah (Gen 6)
      3. Humanity and creation – our dominion is impaired (Gen 3:17-19). We now struggle against the environment.However, within this pain and struggle there is hope – the promise of a svaiour (Gen 3:16). God’s plan would cluminate in Jesus (Gal 4:4-6) whose death and resurrection made it possible for us to be delivered from bondage (Heb 2:14-15). Jesus will eventually totally reverse the effects of Adam’s sin.
  3. Judgement
    1. The flood (Gen 6) is a reversal of creation process, and an act of universal judgement against human rebellion and wickedness. Within this judgement is the gracious decision to save Noah and his family. God shows a continuing commitment to creation. This pattern of salvation through judgement is repeated throughout the bible. (Isa 54:7-10)
    2. Babel (Gen 11:1-9) tells of human arrogance and self-assertion. God frustrates their self-serving purpose.
  4. New Creation
    “God’s plan of salvation and restoration is not simply concerned with individuals and their relations with God, but with the whole creation in which he has placed us” (p.43)

 

 

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