Did God Create the World?

Dr. Zacherias Ursinus writes: We must first define and understand what is meant by the terms here used.

To create is to produce something out of nothing.

The term world is used in the Scriptures in four different significations. It means: 1. The structure or frame of the whole universe, comprising heaven, earth, and all things which are in them. “The world was made by Him.” (John 1:10)  2. Worldly sexual desire; lust.  3. The ungodly, or unregenerate, who are in the world (John 17:9).  4. Those who are chosen out of the world. “That the world may believe that You have sent Me.” “God so loved the world.” (John 17:21; 3:16)

line-upThat God created the world, we know: First, from the testimony of the holy Scripture, as for instance, from the history of the creation as written by Moses. Also from other passages of Scripture, and especially the following: “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of His mouth.” “He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Psalm 33:6, 9

There are other places also, in the Psalms and elsewhere, where the wonderful works of God are more largely spoken of, and where the principal parts of the world, which God created, are dwelt upon, in order that we may, by a proper consideration of them, be led to trust in God.

“How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free.” Psalm 146:5-7  (See also Psalm 104, 124, 136)

Zacharias Ursinus

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