We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Importance of Genesis Chapters 1 through 11


With so many liberal “Christians” denouncing Genesis 1-11 as essentially nothing but myth, it is important to understand that Jesus and the New Testament authors all accepted and taught these chapters as literal history.

An excellent resource examining the passages in the New Testament referring to the first eleven chapters of Genesis is a two-page photocopy I just found in my files; the trouble is that I never recorded exactly where it came from!  Looking at the type of paper and the yellowing, and how it was photocopied, I’m guessing it’s been in my files at least 25 years (prior to moving to Iowa).  It must be from a publication by the Institute for Creation Research, because this is what it says at the bottom:

“Based in part on the original work of Dr. Henry M. Morris as contained in his book The Remarkable Birth of Planet Earth.”  That book was copyrighted in 1972.  

So, here we have the N.T. passage (*means Jesus said it), the topic, and the Gen. reference (71 examples):

*Matthew 19:4:  Created male and female, Gen. 1:27, 5:2
*Matthew 19:5-6:  Cleave to his wife, become one flesh, Gen. 2:24
*Matthew 23:35:  Righteous Abel, Gen. 4:4
*Matthew 24:37-39:  Days of Noah, Gen. 6:3-5

*Mark 10:6:  Created male and female, Gen. 1:27, 5:2
*Mark 10:7-9:  Cleave to his wife, become one flesh, Gen. 2:24
*Mark 13:19:  Creation which God created, Gen. 1:1, 2:4

Luke 3:34-36:  Genealogies:  Abraham to Shem, Gen. 11:10-26
Luke 3:36-38:  Genealogies: Noah to Adam to God, Gen. 5:3-29
*Luke 11:51:  Blood of Abel, Gen. 4:8-11
*Luke 17:27:  The flood came and destroyed them all, Gen. 7:10-23

John 1:1-3:  In the beginning God, Gen. 1:1
John 1:10:  World was made through Him, Gen. 2:3
*John 8:44:  Father of lies, Gen. 3:4-5

Acts 14:15:  Who made the heaven and the earth, Gen. 2:1
Acts 17:24:  God made all things, Gen. 1:1-31
Acts 17:26:  All nations of mankind from one, Gen. 9:19, 10:32

Romans 1:20:  The creation of the world, Gen. 1:1-31, 2:4
Romans 4:17:  Calls into being that which doesn’t exist, Gen. 1:1-31
Romans 5:12:  Death entered the world by sin, Gen. 2:16-17, 3:19
Romans 5:14-19:  Death reigned from Adam, Gen. 2:17
Romans 8:20-22:  Creation corrupted, Gen. 3:17-18

1 Corinthians 6:16:  Two will become one flesh, Gen. 2:24
1 Corinthians 11:3:  Head of the woman, Gen. 3:16
1 Corinthians 11:7:  In the image of God, Gen. 1:27, 5:1
1 Corinthians 11:8:  Woman from man, Gen. 2:22-23
1 Corinthians 11:9:  Woman for the man, Gen. 2:18
1 Corinthians 15:21-22:  By a man came death, Gen. 2:16-17, 3:19
1 Corinthians 15:38-39:  To each…seeds of its own [kind], Gen. 1:11, 21, 24
1 Corinthians 15:45:  Adam became a living soul, Gen. 2:7
1 Corinthians 15:47:  Man from the earth, Gen. 3:23

2 Corinthians 4:6:  Light out of darkness, Gen. 1:3-5
2 Corinthians 11:3:  Serpent deceived Eve, Gen. 3:1-6, 16

Ephesians 3:9:  Created all things, Gen. 2:3
Ephesians 5:30-31:  Cleave to his wife, become one flesh, Gen. 2:24

Colossians 1:16:  All things created by Him, Gen. 2:1-3
Colossians 3:10:  Created in His image, Gen. 1:27

1 Timothy 2:13-14:  Adam created first, Gen. 2:18-23
1 Timothy 2:14:  Woman deceived, Gen. 3:1-6
1 Timothy 4:4:  Everything created by God is good, Gen. 1:10-31

Hebrews 1:10:  Heavens and earth in the beginning, Gen. 1:1
Hebrews 2:7-8:  All things in subjection under Him, Gen. 1:26-30, 9:2-3
Hebrews 4:3:  Works were finished, Gen. 2:1
Hebrews 4:4:  Rest on the seventh day, Gen. 2:2
Hebrews 4:10:  Rest from His works, Gen. 2:3
Hebrews 11:3:  Creation of the universe, Gen. 1:1
Hebrews 11:4:  Abel offered a better sacrifice, Gen. 4:3-5
Hebrews 11:5:  Enoch taken up, Gen. 5:21-24
Hebrews 11:7:  Noah’s household saved, Gen. 7:1
Hebrews 12:24:  Blood of Abel, Gen. 4:10

James 3:9:  Men in the likeness of God, Gen. 1:27, 5:1

1 Peter 3:20:  Construction of the Ark, eight saved, Gen. 6:14-16, 7:13

2 Peter 2:5:  Flood upon the ungodly, eight saved, Gen. 6:8-12, 7:1-24
2 Peter 3:4-5:  Earth formed out of water and by water, Gen. 1:5-7
2 Peter 3:6:  The world destroyed by water, Gen. 7:17-24

1 John 3:8:  Devil sinned from the beginning, Gen. 3:14
1 John 3:12:  Cain slew his brother, Gen. 4:8, 25

Jude 11:  The way of Cain, Gen. 4:8, 16, 25
Jude 14:  Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam, Gen. 5:3-24

Revelation 2:7:  Tree of life, Gen. 2:9
Revelation 3:14:  Beginning of the creation of God, Gen. 1:1-31, 2:1-4
Revelation 4:11:  Created all things, Gen. 2:3
Revelation 10:6:  Who created heaven…and the earth, Gen. 2:1
Revelation 12:9:  Satan the serpent, Gen. 3:1, 14
Revelation 14:7:  Who made the heaven and the earth, Gen. 1:1, 2:1, 4
Revelation 20:2:  The serpent of old, who is the devil, Gen. 3:1, 14
Revelation 21:1:  First heaven and first earth, Gen. 2:1
Revelation 21:4:  No more death, sorrow, crying or pain, Gen. 3:17-19
Revelation 22:2:  Fruit of the tree of life, Gen. 3:22
Revelation 22:3:  No more curse, Gen. 3:14-19
Revelation 22:14:  The tree of life, Gen. 2:9


Summation:  
“Every New Testament  writer refers to the early chapters of Genesis (Genesis 1-11).”

“Jesus Christ referred to each of the first seven chapters of Genesis.”  

“Every chapter of Genesis 1-11, except chapter 8, is referred to somewhere in the New Testament.”

“Every New Testament writer apparently accepted these early chapters of Genesis as being historically accurate.”

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent post! Romans 5:12 is such an importance verse. Sin preceded death. Scripture truly is one continuous message, with one unified truth.

-Carolyn



DebbieLynne7 said...

What a fascinating Bible Study! I'll link to this post in my Saturday Sampler feature this coming weekend.

Jesse said...

Hi Glenn,

Excellent post! May I share this on my blog?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Jesse,

As noted before, feel free to share anything from here on your blog.