God’s Word Upholds: Construction and Deconstruction in the Word Part 2: The construction of the Physical World


God’s Word Upholds: Construction and Deconstruction in the Word  Part 2: The construction of the Physical World

So, how is all of this really held together? I know we’ve discussed the physical properties of the universe and the design God has used to hold all the matter in the universe together, but where do all of these forces originate? Let’s look at how God’s Word impacted creation:

Genesis 1:1-3 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” What things can we pick out from these first three verses?

Now, let’s compare this passage to John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The similarity, which we all have seen and understand, is astonishing and explains so much about God’s creative power and methodology. He literally speaks all matter into existence. But, once the physical universe is spoken, does He stop there?

Look at Col 1:15-17 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” The matter and forces in our universe are held together by Jesus’ creative will and power. I don’t know how, but there is obviously something deeper and more mysterious than the magnetic and gravitational forces we see that hold matter together…

Heb 1:1-4 says more about this: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Imagine a roof with no walls or pillars underneath it…can you imagine such a thing? Why not? Of course, you have to have a foundation upon which to build, supporting structures, and something to hold it all together before you can ever have a roof. Our physical world is no different. While a materialist only looks as deep as the matter itself, the believer understands that there is Someone whose power initiates and upholds that matter…


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