Genesis:1–3: In the beginning …
The opening statement of Genesis, the first book in our Bible, establishes who did what and when:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth …
Without God, there would have been no beginning. This beginning was chaotic, dark and without life:
Genesis 1:2 … but the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, but the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the water.
But the Holy Spirit was ready to bring order, light and life into creation just by the word:
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
When God said ‘Let there be light …‘ and separated light from darkness, He was acting through the Word, His Son Jesus; and the same holds true for the rest of creation.
To accept Jesus means accepting In the beginning God. The reverse is also true:
John 5:46-57But since you don’t believe what [Moses] wrote, how will you believe what I say?
As Jesus was there in the beginning, so was God’s plan to redeem us from the disobedience of Adam and Eve and the resulting presence of evil in our world:
1 Corinthians 15:45The Scriptures tell us, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living person.’ But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit.