Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Maker of Heaven and Earth

Minister:
Date: AM
Text: Colossians 1; Lord's Day 9
Psalters: 308, 401, 352, 346
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2016-18)
  1. His work.
    1. Creation is the work of the Triune God calling into existence the things which were not as if they were (cf. Rom. 4:17).
      1. Faith, not science, is the only possible means of knowing about and understanding God’s work of creating (Heb. 11:3).
      2. Faith (resting on Scripture) believes that God created by speaking, calling all things into existence (Ps. 33:6,9).
    2. Faith believes that the Bible teaches that God created all things in one week of 7 days of 24 hours.
  2. Creation reveals God, its Maker (Acts 17:23,24), even though it does not really prove God.
    1. First, creation reveals that God has a will.
    2. Second, creation reveals God’s omnipotence (cf. Rom. 1:20,21; Rev. 4:11).
    3. Third, creation reveals God’s perfect wisdom.
    4. Resulting obligations.
  3. God, as the Father of Jesus (our Savior and Lord), created.
    1. In His perfect wisdom God arranges (and controls) all things so they reveal Christ and the salvation of all that are in Him.
      1. The end and purpose of creation was that all things would be united and reconciled in Christ (Eph. 1:10; Col. 1:16-20).
      2. Even at its beginning this world was adapted in perfect wisdom to serve as the “stage” for the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    2. He is the spiritual Father of all the elect and of only the elect (those in Christ).
    3. Three implications.
      1. The earthly was created after the pattern of the heavenly so His children might know abstract and heavenly things.
      2. Faith sees our creating Father as both able and willing to work all for our good!