1. The Bible is all about God; His Son; His Spirit and God’s work in the world and the universe.
2. The Bible always assumes the existence of God without doubt.
3. The Bible is the only authority for God that we have.
4. According to Hebrew scholars this first verse is made up of seven Hebrew words; from which we can see seven key truths (from the HCSB Study Bible)
I. GOD EXISTS (Heb. 11:6).
II. GOD IS ETERNAL AND EXISTED BEFORE THE UNIVERSE WAS MADE (Heb. 1:10-12).
III. GOD IS THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THE BIBLE.
IV. GOD HAS DONE WHAT NO ONE ELSE CAN DO; HE CREATED FROM NOTHING.
V. GOD IS MYSTERIOUS; ONE, TRINITY, INVISIBLE, IMMUTABLE, OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, OMNIPRESENT; AND UNEXPLAINABLE.
VI. GOD IS CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH – ALL THAT IS (Psalm 33:6, 9; Heb. 11:3).
VII. GOD IS INDEPENDENT OF HIS CREATION – CREATION IS DEPENDENT UPON HIM (Acts 17:28).
i. We in our existence owe it to the One who created us.
ii. God in His mercy came down to us in the person of His Son, and died for our sins.
iii. The Creator dying on a part of His creation, for His creation, to have fellowship and life with Him.
iv. Mankind; The human race is dependent upon our Creator; He is not dependent upon us.
v. Glorify God by receiving His one and only gift for reconciliation with Him – Jesus Christ death on the cross.
-Tim A. Blankenship
A message preached at Carr Lane Baptist Church in January 2011