In the Gospel of John, the Bible says that, "In the beginning was Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." The Bible explains through John's prologue that God existed in at least two forms "in the beginning." The word used to describe "the beginning" in John 1:1 is different than the word used in Genesis 1:1. The word in John's Gospel references a time even before time existed. Thus, the Word of God existed "with God" and "as God" before creation and before time itself. Later in John's prologue, the Bible declared that the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst the disciples, who beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. In this way, the Bible testifies that there were people who witnessed the manifestation of God's Word in flesh. Credible witnesses documented their experience and relationship with He who first existed as the Word of God before time began, then changed His form into the flesh of a human being, possessing the grace and truth of the Living God! These truths are important to acknowledge when examining the creation account in Genesis since, the two portions of scripture work beautifully together to describe the work processes and habits of the Living God! In Genesis 1:3-5 the Bible documents the creation of the first day. The Bible states that God said, "Let there be light." The response to God's Word was that there was light! This is an incredible reality to fathom (or at least try to fathom). This phrase shows the triune God working collectively to create the universe that we can examine today.
Genesis 1:2 stated that the Spirit of God hovered over the formless waters of the earth as the breath of God. Genesis 1:3-5 shows that God spoke in order to execute His will to form light. When the scriptures declare that "God said," the Bible provides evidence of the Word of God being functional in creation. Colossians 1:16 states that all things were made "by Jesus" and "for Jesus." Genesis 1:3-5 supports this claim. Since God spoke the world into existence, it was the work of Jesus Christ, who first existed as "the Word of God" that made manifest the things that the Father desired. Therefore, the work process of the triune God is made evident in the first 3 verses of the Bible. In the beginning was Elohim. God the Father had the will to create and had a specific vision in mind as He did so. Since the scriptures show God speaking creation into existence, the scriptures show that God the Son was the method by which God's will was actually accomplished. Then, as the scriptures show that the Spirit of God hovered over the earth, the scriptures show that the Spirit of God serves to be the presence of God in His creation to accomplish more detailed works of functionality that the Father desires. It is important to recognize how God made light. The Bible teaches that before there was light, there was only darkness. When God made light He spoke it. When we want light, we need to flip a switch or light a candle, or turn on our cell phones. We rely on the work of another object to give us the light that we desire.
God does not operate as mankind does. According to the Bible, God did not rely on previously existing matter, or a substance of any kind in order to form light. There is a Latin phrase called, "ex nihilo" that is used to describe the manner in which God created all things, which means "out of nothing." People can create to a certain degree. However, people cannot create out of nothing. There must be a starting point of resources. If one desires to plant a flower, one must first start with a seed. In order for a person to draw a picture, one must first possess a canvas of some sort and the tools to illustrate. God - as God - was not dependent on anything but Himself. This is what makes Him God and worthy of all praise and glory! There are even some Jewish rabbis that state when the scriptures reference the creation of light, that is the first mention of Messiah! Since Jesus proclaimed to be "the Light of the world (John 8:12)," one could even say that God did not so much "create" light as much as He simply revealed the Son of God as light in a form that it could be recognized. Genesis 1:3-5 also states that God separated, or divided light from darkness. It is interesting to examine this phrase. The Bible shows that God created, or revealed light before He created the sun or any other object in space. One must then wonder, how did He separate light from dark if the objects that create light in the midst of darkness weren't formed yet? The answer to this question is really quite simple - He is God.
The prophet Isaiah dictated the words of the Living God in the 46th chapter of his book, which read, "Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me." When one examines the creation account and marvels at the claims that are made, the statement of Isaiah 46:9 and the many others like it become very real and very powerful! The God we serve is unique and holy in every way! He is not like us and we are most certainly not like Him. He is beyond figuring out. In Isaiah 9:6 the prophet wrote that one of the identity traits of the Messiah would be that He is "wonderful," which means "full of wonder." God is impossible to figure out and incomprehensible. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thought. The Bible that His ways are as far from our ways as far as the heavens are from the earth. Such is why God choose to do things in a way that seems backwards to mankind. God did not create the tool that would provide a result first. Instead, because He is God, He produced the result before the formation of the tool. There are things that we can observe today in the physical world that help explain some of the work that God does, but one must consider that God is in charge of it all and often works outside of those rules and principals to remind His creation about who is really in charge. Science says that you can't walk on water, and can't walk in a storm without getting wet, and can't multiply food from itself, and that bushes should be consumed when they burn and shouldn't talk, that donkeys don't talk, and that the dead don't come back to life. Yet the scriptures reveal that God did all of these things to prove that He is God and there is no other like Him. He didn't need the sun to produce light. He did not need various gasses and molecular elements to produce light. Based on what the Bible says, God only needed Himself. The things we observe today are simply the tools that God uses to sustain His creation. Yet history has shown that God can work outside of those tools any time He pleases.
Speaking of time, Genesis 1:3-5 states that when God created light, that "evening came, and then the morning: the first day." The Hebrew word used to define a "day" is the word "yowm." This word is used 2,287 times in the Old Testament. It is most often used to describe a literal 24-hour day - especially when one considers that this same word is used in the genealogies to describe the ages of the people. This word is used to describe the Sabbath day in the 10 commandments showing that its usage refers to a literal 24 hours since God did not desire the Jews to rest for millions of years worth of time before getting back to work. The English word refers to a 24-hour time period because the Hebrew word usage most often refers to 24-hour time period. Thus, there is no reason to believe that God took any more time to do the work that He did in that short of a time period. Once again, He is God and there is no other. He could have done the work He accomplished in a second if He wanted to. If God wanted to refer to a longer period of time, scripture shows that He would have used a different word to describe that period of time. God says what He means and means what He says. The fact that God did this magnificent work in such a short period of time is part of what makes His work in creation so amazing! Thus, the Bible plainly states in Genesis 1:3-5 that as God separated the light from the day, without the use of anything but His own sovereign power, He created time and formed a literal day. Our God is so great and so powerful, that He can create time from eternity, before He creates the tools mankind uses to keep track of time! Thus, one should be willing to entrust one's life into God's hands who can accomplish such things. If God can do these things, He can certainly remove sins from the repentant and grant eternal life to those who believe. Praise God!