Lets recap our lessons so far of Genesis 1:1. First we learned that "in the beginning" is a place in time that we do not know when it was The Bible does not tell us, and to speculate would only be that.... a speculation. We learned also that God and Jesus are the same person. They are not two parts of the same God, and they are not two different persons.
In this study we will look at the word "Created". It is formed from two Hebrew words, "bârâ" (A primitive root; (absolutely) to create), and "êth ayth" (entity; properly self). Literally it means that "God Himself created". There are two things to look at here. (1) It was God Himself, with no help at all, did the creating, and (2) He "Absolutely created", not formed, or shaped, or re-aranged. Lets take a look at both of these points separately.
(1) God Himself did the creating. This is another point that Jesus and the Old Testament Jehovah God are the one and same person. Jesus wasn't "with" God helping Him. God didn't give Jesus permission to do the creating, But God Himself... Jesus Christ Himself, did the creating. The two are the same person, God is Jesus, and Jesus is God. Not two different God's, or two pieces of the one God, but the same person.
(2) And Jesus Christ, God Himself, "absolutely Created" the Heaven and the Earth. Websters Dictionary defines "Created" as such... "Formed from nothing; caused to exist". This word is used only in the Bible in reference to God's initial creation where He created from nothing. In other places, the word "yatzar" is used (Gen. 2:7, Ps. 33:15) to speak of shaping, or making something out of pre-existing material. This is important to understand because nothing was before God, so when He went to start His creation, He had nothing to work with. He had to "create" (form something from nothing). This is exactly what the Bible teaches here by the words it uses, and in other places where it tells us that God created the world by His very word (Psa_33:6 "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. " and other places)
So to paraphrase what we have learned so far, we see that, "In the beginning of our time as we know it, Jesus Christ Himself created from absolutely nothing, using only His spoken Word..."
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