Sunday, April 24, 2005

Genesis 1:2

Genesis 1:2: And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

In Genesis 1:1 we are informed that God always was and that he created things. Now in verse two, we are informed that God either is a ‘spirit’ or has a spirit. But since in the New Testament, we read in John chapter 4, verse 24, that God is Spirit, we must go with the former choice.[1] The God we worship is in fact a “spirit”.

From the beginning, it has been God’s nature, as the New International Version says, to ‘hover’ over the waters, which at the time of verse 2 described the entire earth. The God that I believe in who was in the beginning and who created the heaven(s) and the earth, also walks upon the earth He created. He did so at the time of creation and there is nothing to indicate that He doesn’t do so now. God didn’t just create and abandon. He created and walked therein.

So, my God is not only infinite in His existence, He is a creator who is present in spirit-form.
[1] Whenever there appears a choice in the Scriptures or for that matter an apparent contradiction, I have always tried to apply the principle of ‘scripture answers scripture’. So, while by using the phrase “spirit of God”, Genesis 1:2 appears to allow the option that God has a spirit as well as just being one, John 4:24 eliminates that possibility.

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