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Chapter 4: Of Creation

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Chapter 4
CREATION

4.1 In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,1 to create the world and all things in it, both visible and invisible,2 in six days,3 and all very good.4 This was a demonstration of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness.5

(1) Hebrews 1:2; John 1:2-3; Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; 33:4
(2) Genesis 1:1; John 1:2; Colossians 1:16
(3) Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11
(4) Genesis 1:31; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 5:12
(5) Romans 1:20; Jeremiah 10:12; Psalms 104:24; 33:5-6; Proverbs 3:19; Acts 14:15-16

4.2 After God had made all other creatures, He created human beings, male and female, with reasoning and immortal souls, making them fitted for that life for God for which they were created.1 They were made in the image of God, with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness.2 They had the law of God written in their hearts, and the power to fulfill it; yet they also had the possibility of transgressing, and were left to the liberty of their own changeable wills.3

(1) Genesis 1:27; 2:7; James 2:26; Matthew 10:28; Ecclesiastes 12:7
(2) Genesis 1:26-27; 5:1-3; 9:6; Ecclesiastes 7:29; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24
(3) Romans 1:32; 2:12a,14-15; Genesis 3:6; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 5:12

4.3 Apart from the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. While they kept this commandment they were happy in their fellowship with God, and had dominion over all other creatures.1

(1) Genesis 1:26, 28; 2:17