GENESIS 1 & THE GOSPEL
A. Throughout Scripture, God uses Genesis 1 to remind His people that He has the power and the ability to fulfill all of His promises to us.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
B. God is going to fulfill His promise to send Jesus back to deliver us from sickness and disease and injustice. But we mustn’t forget that God is delaying using His Genesis 1 power in the Second Coming because of His patience with sinners. This is good news for us. It meant our salvation.
C. God’s covenant promises to Jesus’ disciples: if we hold firmly to the gospel and remain loyal to Jesus even through sufferings, trials, and persecutions until Jesus returns, God will raise us from the dead and give us glorified bodies. Genesis 1 shows that God had the power to bring the heavens and the earth into existence, and that He has the power to give life to our bodies again in the resurrection at the end of the age. There will be a bodily resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. God has power to raise both the righteous and the wicked from the dead.
15 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command (as the Spirit broods, let there be life!), with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.
5 I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.
D. Genesis 1 reminds us of that. When Jesus returns, God is going to use the power of Genesis 1 to purge the earth of wickedness and fill the earth with righteousness. Jesus is the author of life. As the eternal Word of God, the Aleph and the Tav, He was the one through whom the world came to be the first time. Now as the Word of God made flesh in Jesus, He has been raised from the dead and has a new body. Jesus of Nazareth is the Aleph and the Tav, the Alpha and the Omega. He will be the author of life when He appears. When He comes back, the Spirit will brood over the earth again, Jesus will speak the word in power again, the dead in Christ will rise to inherit the kingdom of God.
E. God is in covenant with His creation. He is faithful to His creation. When Jesus returns, He will show God’s faithfulness to creation by restoring it.
19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
F. God has power to bring the dead to life. He is in a covenant with creation. To receive the promises when Jesus returns in Genesis 1 power, to be a part of that new creation in the resurrection of the righteous, we must persevere and cling to faith in Jesus to the end no matter what we may face in the days ahead. Persecution and tribulation is coming. But God will sustain us through it through the power of Genesis 1, and He will resurrect us at the end by the power of Genesis 1. But we must stand firm to the end.
1 Corinthians 15:2
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
G. As we wait for our hope and see to walk in obedience and righteousness, we aren’t alone. God gives us grace to press forward. God felt great joy when He created the heavens and the earth. God loves to recreate you. He loves His work in your life. Even when you stumble, don’t forget how much God delights in reshaping you. Repent and cry out for more grace. Keep pressing ahead not by your own strength, but by the Spirit’s power. The power of Genesis 1 is what will sustain. Jesus will sustain you by His powerful word as you meet with the one who loves you so dearly. This week I blew it a couple of times and I wanted to run away from God. But God drew me to the secret place again and reminded me of His delight in me.
H. Keep praying. Jesus says that if we want to bear fruit, we must abide in him. Sometimes we avoid prayer because we don’t know the God of Genesis 1. Genesis 1 shows that God enjoys you. Genesis 1 shows that God has power to sustain you. Genesis 1 shows that God delights in remaking you into the image of Jesus. Genesis 1 shows that God feels deep love for you and that He is deeply committed to you. There is no need to avoid prayer any longer. Your Maker enjoys you. He is your Potter.
I. Abiding in God through prayer is a crucial experience. It is the way we put the clay of our lives into the hands of our Creator. When we put the clay in His hands, the Spirit will brood and Jesus will speak the word of transformation to our inner man. We get to know the God who delights in us. In prayer we access grace and strength to stay loyal to Jesus. Our Creator is faithful to meet us in the secret place.
J. Testimony of my time in the prayer room. Vision of Jesus bringing reconciliation between me and my father. What are you doing Lord? “I’m turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers.”
K. This week, I encourage you to set aside a lot of extra time in the secret place. Ask the Holy Spirit to brood over you in the room, and ask Jesus to speak His word of life into your heart. If you have any special testimonies you want to share, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.