Genesis 1:2 (ESV)
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
This passage speaks of earth before the totality of God’s Creation upon it. The earth had no shape (without form), no substance (void), and no light (darkness was over the face of the deep.) And then comes those wondrous words, “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” I believe that this communicates more about salvation than anything else. In the darkest night, the most seemingly unnecessary pain, the most empty day, the Spirit of God still hovers.
Think, for a moment, about the life of an unbeliever. This passage speaks to his worldview. His worldview is without form and void, and darkness is quite obviously enveloped in darkness. Yet, even in this vile unbeliever, the Spirit of God may hover. All people, prior to conversion, are in this state. It is the mere grace of God that lifts us, by His Spirit, to belief in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance from our sins. What a beautiful truth to ponder.
Genesis 1:3 (ESV)
3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Our last consideration today is the action of God’s speaking light into existence. God said. The conduit God used for Creation was his very own Word. However, what God says here is every bit as important as the fact that he said it. “Let there be light!” This also speaks to the salvation of sinners. God’s word is effectual to make us knowledgeable unto salvation. (2 Timothy 3:15)
There is a principle that came out of the Protestant Reformation that fits here. Post Tenebras Lux, After Darkness, Light. This is God’s norm. He creates light out of the darkness all around because that is what brings him the most glory.
Lastly, let’s look at the Trinitarian nature of Creation. God (The Father) created the heavens and the earth by his Spirit (The Holy Spirit) who effected his Word (The Son). The Father’s Creation was created equally by each of the three Persons of the Trinity. We see that the Father planned everything, the Spirit waited for the Word and then carried it out, and the Word declared the purpose of God in all things. What a beautiful, inter-Trinitarian work God has allowed us a sneak-peak into in this passage. Soli Deo Gloria.