Christ in Genesis 1.

by R Robertson.

The purpose of God has ever been to glorify His beloved Son. We see this at the opening of His Revelation. God created the heavens and the earth which was without form and void (waste and empty). A great length of time could have elapsed between the first two verses. God is not the author of disorder so we may be sure that it never left His hand in that condition. Isa. 45:18, tells us He created it not in vain (waste and empty). In Ezekiel 28:15, we read that Satan under the figure of the king of Tyrus first introduced sin into God's universe. The Lord Jesus said in John 8:44, the devil sinned from the beginning. That might account for the chaotic condition out of which God brought light by His word on the first day. Darkness on the face of the waters would describe the condition of man morally when Christ the light of the world came. The Word become flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). The Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters expressing deep interest in what was to take place when the eternal Son according to divine purpose would become Man, and be lifted up that there might be a revelation of the heart of God. On the second day, the expanse was brought in over the earth which would suggest the holy life of the Heavenly One (John 3:13). He came freighted with all the goodness of heaven for the blessing of fallen creation. What a study is the life of Jesus as we trace his path in the four Gospels, where we see beautifully blended all the attributes of God shining in Him! The third is the Resurrection Day. God said let the waters be gathered together and dry land appear. That spoke of Calvary, the place where the waters of God's judgment against sin were poured on the devoted head of our Saviour. His prophetic words were, "All thy waves and billows have rolled over Me," that the claims of God's throne might be met and His love expressed. At the resurrection of Christ the dry land appeared. He was alone in His atoning death but in His resurrection He has companions, to whom as last Adam He has communicated His risen life in the power of the Holy Spirit. On the fourth day, we have the creation of the sun, moon and stars, setting forth the present place Christ occupies at the right hand of God. From Him we receive the warmth of the love of God and the light of His revelation and rule. As the sun rising, Christ will remove all that offends and fill the universe with the light of God's love. The moon derives light from the sun, so the assembly derives from Christ to be the exponent of His life and character, whilst He is hidden from view. The stars may be applied to Israel who will come into blessing in their own land after the Church has gone. The fifth day gives the creation of the fish and the beasts. Saints of God are given the privilege of carrying the gospel testimony to men that they might be brought from a wild condition into knowledge of peace and love enjoyed by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. The sixth day gives divine consultation in the making of man. Rom. 5:14, tells us that Adam was a figure of Him to come. Christ perfectly presents God's authority, (image). In Him all the fulness of the Godhead was pleased to dwell (likeness). Ps. 8. gives us the Son of Man who will have universal dominion; the angels attending on Him (John 1:51), the centre of a reconciled universe for the delight of God the Father. He shall have His bride, the object of His love, to share with Him His glories as man. In His intrinsic glory He stands alone, but we shall behold that with adoring hearts. In each day "the evening and morning" is one day. God always works in view of the day; man works till night. (His day ends in the night of death). On the seventh day "evening and morning" is not mentioned, having the eternal day in view when the kingdom will be given up to the Father and the tabernacle of God will be with men, and God shall be all in all! (A meditation by R. Robertson (abridged)).