December 30, 2012

Created Suddenly! – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” II Corinthians 4:6

Even a superficial reading of the account of creation in Genesis 1 and 2 impresses the reader with the idea of suddenness. God simply called the universe into existence from nothing and then quickly set about the rapid formation of certain features, interspersed with other direct creative acts. All of the events, whether creative or formative, happened over a brief period of time, such as the formation of the plants.

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:12

The animals were likewise created abruptly.

“Then God said, Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” v. 20

The sun and stars were created with no hint of great periods of time.

“God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.” v. 16.

David understood the suddenness of the creation of the heavens.

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. … For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Psalm 33:6, 9.

Even aspects that were evidently formed by a process such as the continents and oceans (v. 10) and humankind (2:7, 22) seemingly took no great length of time.

This is especially true of the creation of light. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (1:3). No slow and sporadic arrival of light from distant stars is mentioned, nor a gradual heating up of the sun as interstellar gas collapsed and fused. Some evangelical advocates of the old-earth concept hold that God slowly cleared the atmosphere of left-over interstellar, dust which allowed the light from the sun and stars to penetrate to the earth. But, there is no hint of this from Scripture. Unmistakable evidence of supernatural origin is seen in the nature of creation in the Holy Spirit’s account, sudden and spectacular.

Over and over again, the Holy Spirit uses the time element as evidence of the supernatural when describing New Testament miracles.

“Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.” Matt. 20:34

“Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.” Mark 1:42

“And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and waited on them.” Luke 4:39

“Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.” Luke 5:25

“And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat.” Luke 8:55

“And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God.” Luke 13:13

“Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.” Luke 18:43

“And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.” Acts 3:7

“Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed. Immediately he got up.” Acts 9:34

Can anyone doubt that supernatural action was intended to be implied, in that these healings did not happen gradually but suddenly? Likewise, we know, if creation was quick, it was not natural.

Another illustration and clarification of this point is seen in our text. Paul speaks of God’s creation and says it happened just as suddenly and just as supernaturally as a new creature is created out of a dead creature at the moment of salvation. Sanctification may be a life-long matter, but “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (II Corinthians 5:17), literally creation. No more time is required for the transformation than for darkness to turn into light at the Creator’s command.

Adapted from an article by John Morris

 

 

 

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