Sunday Worship Sermon, June 4, 2023
"Creation by the Triune God"
Genesis 1:1-3, 26-27, 31


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1. Knowing God as the Creator

 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) The Bible begins with these words. The Bible is written so that we can know God as the Creator. All creatures, including human beings, depend on God the Creator. No one can say that he can live without depending on God. Therefore, it is important for human beings to believe in God the Creator in order to truly live as human beings. 

2. God's Creative Freedom and Love

  God is the One who creates out of nothing. God does not depend on anything or anyone for control; He acts according to His own will. The One who creates as the One wills; this is God. But God does not create in disorder. God creates everything for good. It is out of God's love. Therefore, God's creative freedom has a loving purpose.

 Because of His own love, God continues to give grace and support to His creatures. God humbles Himself of His own free will, taking the form of a servant to serve His creatures in love. God's humility is expressed here. True freedom is expressed in humility. Just as the Lord Jesus Christ took the form of a servant and washed the feet of His disciples (John 13:5), God works in creation with God's free will as humble love. Therefore, there is a divine order in the world God has created, and every creature is able to live an ordinary daily life (Psalm 104:24). 

3. Hidden Miracles in Daily Life

  The work of creation is hidden in ordinary daily life (Psalm 19:3). Creation is a miracle. But we humans do not know that the ordinary daily life is full of God's amazing works of creation. It is only through faith in God that we know. Therefore, when we live through faith, we will know how wonderful and glorious God is in the ordinary daily life, and we will praise the Creator.

4. God's Continuous Creative Work and Salvation 

 God was not only at work in creation in the beginning. God is still working creatively (John 5:17). And God will continue to work in the future. Since the Bible calls salvation a "new creation" (Galatians 6:15), salvation is also a work of God's creation. God is saving mankind and will transform this world into a new world full of His glory (Isaiah 65:17). Therefore, we have hope that God will do great things in the future.

5. Creation by the Triune God

  God is a triune God who has the communion of love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God performs the work of creation with this love. Therefore, it is important to understand the work of creation as a triune work.

 To put it simply and without fear of misunderstanding, the Father carries the Will, the Son carries the Word, and the Holy Spirit carries the Life. In the work of creation, God works with the Will, the Word, and the Life without separating or conflicting them. 

6. The Will of God in Creation 

 God creates as He wills. When God said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3), it means that God willed it. Everything begins with the Will of God. In the Will of God, we see the work of God the Father. That is why we confess at the beginning of the Apostles' Creed, "I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth." 

7. The Word of God in Creation

  Let us now turn our attention to the Word of God in creation. God willed and said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3). The world was created by the Word of God (Hebrews 11:3). Therefore, the Word of God is true and powerful. The Word of God is the expression of God's will. That expression is an artistic expression. Therefore, the world is God's work of art. When Paul, following the words of the prophet Isaiah, compares God's creation to a potter's work (Romans 9:21), he shows that creation can be understood as God's art.

 Jesus Christ is the Word of God who became man and came into the world (John 1:1, 14). Christ expressed the Will of God in word and deed. In all of Christ's personality, words, and deeds, we find the work of God's creation.

 Christ experienced the absurdity of being abandoned by God to die on the cross. He rose again on the third day and showed us that God's creation is the power of hope that can overcome absurdity, despair, curses, death, and every kind of evil. Therefore, when we consider the workings of God's creation, we must first and foremost consider Christ as the gateway.


 God said of His creation, "Behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). But it is also true that there is a dark side to this world that God has created, which can cause us to doubt. Was God's work of creation really good? Is God's work of creation really loving? To understand God's creation, we must enter through the narrow gate of Christ who died on the cross. We cannot truly understand God's creation unless we enter through the narrow gate of Christ.

 Whether God's creation is good or bad is not for us to judge. All we have to do is believe God's word in Christ, "Behold, it was very good." Christ said, "It is no one's fault that people are born into this world with bodies full of sickness and disability, suffering and pain; it is only that the glorious works of God might be revealed" (John 9:3)s, and He took up the cross and died. No one but Christ can explain the truth of God's creation. 

8. The Life of God in Creation

  We have focused on the aspect of creation by the Word of God. Let us now turn our attention to the aspect of creation by the Spirit of God.

 In Genesis 1:2, "the Spirit of God was hovering," referring to the action of the Spirit of God in the creation event. Here the Spirit of God is portrayed as something that produces life, protects life, and flutters and hovers ("to hover," Hebrew merchaphet, used in Deuteronomy 32:11 for the act of an eagle hovering over and watching over its young).

 And Genesis 2:7 says "the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." This "life" includes more than just the physical aspect. Here we see that Life of God is related to the Holy Spirit.

 The Spirit is Life. And the Life of God and the Word of God relate to each other to realize the Will of God. Psalm 33:6 says, "The heavens were made by the word of the Lord, and their stars by the breath (spirit) of His mouth," praising the close relationship between the Word and the Spirit of God. The reason why we cannot say well what we experience in our hearts when we hear the Word of God, and can only say that it is thanks to the Holy Spirit of God, is because it is life.


 God has given life to His creation. Here we see the work of the Holy Spirit. Creation means that there is life. The Life of God has been poured into this created world. But this created world is not God, but it is created by God. Therefore, when we live without God, we lose life. This is the result of sin. But God found us when we were far from Him and gave us new life. This is also due to the work of the creation of the Triune God. 

9. Praise to the Triune God, the Creator

  "For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." (Romans 11:36)

 We have received love from the Triune God who does the wonderful work of creation, and in His hands we are kept alive. Our hope is in the Triune God, the Creator.

 Praise God!