In the Beginning God — Part 2
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:2-3
It’s hard to image something being created without form and devoid of substance. So, Bible scholars and theologians have wrestled with various theories ranging from the so-called gap theory of centuries and perhaps millennia between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 to a pre-formational state of matter with particles randomly coursing about in space yet to be defined, to the idea that everything in creation began in chaos and evolved into order.
No one really knows what “without form and void” means beyond the simple explanation that whatever the earth was in the beginning it was not in a state that could be defined in relationship to anything else. It was formless and empty.
What is important to understand about the Earth, as with all of creation, was that it came into being by the creation of a series of elements one after another. The first elements were the formless void of darkness and deep waters. “The deep” refers to the vast depths of water that came into being with the creation of earth.
Then as the Spirit of God was moving upon the face of the waters (the deep) God spoke the next element into existence. He said, “Let there be light (literally, “Light be!”) and there was light.”
Only God could have created light because He is Light. So, the creation of light as discernable substance came from Light that is eternally Light. Light, radiance that illuminates and dispels darkness is God.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
The Scriptures tell us that we are now the sons of God. If we are now the sons (children, sons and daughters) of God, then we are also, now in this present world, the sons of Light. That is our new created state of being in Jesus Christ. We are the children of the Light. Light is the core of our nature as born-again believers. We do not function well in the things of darkness. It’s against our new creation nature. We are at our best, and we are the most fulfilled when we operate and live according to the nature and will of God our Father.
“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5
We should not be surprised when we are prompted to do good, to live above the world’s standard of behavior, to walk in love, forgiveness, grace, mercy and compassion toward others, to be generous, cheerful and extravagant in our giving, when we desire to worship God more than seek the approval of men. These things are consistent with who we really are.
It’s a family thing. Like Father like Son.