The Sovereignty of God

“We all come to the Bible with certain presuppositions and assumptions.”[1]

We have been taught that Genesis 1:1 is a passage of Scripture that is no more important than any other verse found in Scripture. All Christendom has been taught to think of this passage as being a part of the creation narrative. However, if one were to truly analyze the passage, he would find that the passage stands alone.

It is the chapter and verse numbers that get in the way. I would like to shift the chapter and verse numbers to demonstrate my theory. Please be advised that I will be shifting sections of some passages for flow, not adding to or taking away from the Gospel. I will also be applying my own presuppositions and assumptions.

God’s Sovereignty

11 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (ESV)

The Creation of the World

21Darkness was over the face of the deep, the earth was without form and void, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 2And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 3And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. 4 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (ESV)

I simply moved the numbers. You can see by placing these passages in this order, one can see how God inspired Moses to declare God’s sovereignty over the whole of creation first and then begin telling the story of how He did it. Let me emphasize, the story of the creation comes after this declaration. Many have deemphasized the importance of this verse, but without it the entirety of Scripture falls apart.

Many Commentaries

Commentaries on the Old Testament overlook the fact that this passage stands as a direct testimony to God’s declaration of sovereignty over all creation. The closest that many commentaries have come to stating the truth of the passage is referring to the entire book. “Genesis is the account of beginnings—one that impacts our entire worldview and our understanding of the Bible as a whole.”[2]

Others simply start with breaking down the passage itself. They give us the meaning of each word, as if to tell the reader that they cannot take it as a literal reading. It is as if the author wants to leave the reader with an ambiguity.

Genesis and the Trinity

I have always been fascinated by the concept of the Trinity. The one What and three Whose has always confused and intrigued me. Every explanation of the concept left me with gaps in my logic and reason.

I believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture. I believe in the resurrection, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I can boldly say that due to the very first verse of Scripture which declares God’s sovereignty over all time, space, and matter.

Thus, God walking through the garden; every mention of the angel of the Lord; God speaking to Noah, Abram, Moses, and all the others mentioned in Scripture; the pillar of fire; the pillar of cloud; God’s appearance on Mt. Sinai; the births of Isaac, John the Baptist, and the God-Man Jesus; the resurrection; the ascension; the giving of the Holy Spirit; the spreading of the Gospel under persecution; and the revelation given to John are all evidence of God’s sovereignty over all of His creation. This is all due the fact that Genesis 1:1 is a true statement made by a sovereign God. I will not move from this fact.

Warren W. Wiersbe has a similar thought about the first verse in relation to the Trinity. “If you want something to boggle your mind, meditate on the concept of the eternal, that which has neither beginning nor ending. As creatures of time, you and I can easily focus on the transient things around us; but it’s difficult if not impossible to conceive of that which is eternal. Contemplating the nature and character of the Triune God who always was, always is, and always will be, and who never changes, is a task that overwhelms us. “In the beginning God.””[3]

I agree with Wiersbe. As finite beings, we see through a linear perspective. We see seconds, minutes, and hours. God has no such restriction.

God existed before the creation, and He will continue existing, unchanged, long after the fulfillment of Revelation. Knowing that God’s creation has no effect on Him means that He can and has appeared in His creation in the persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is only by our limited minds that we cannot see past our transient finiteness and into His transcendent infiniteness.

[1] Miguel A. De La Torre, Genesis, ed. Amy Plantinga Pauw and William C. Placher, Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 2.

[2] Kurt Strassner, Opening up Genesis, Opening Up Commentary (Leominster: Day One Publications, 2009), 16.

[3] Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Basic, “Be” Commentary Series (Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Pub., 1998), 12.

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