Confession excerpts and study questions from last Sunday night:
Scripture: Genesis 1
Confession Chapter 4: Creation
1 1In the beginning it pleased the Triune God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit-to create the world and all things in it in six days. 2All was very good. 3In this way God glorified His eternal power, wisdom and goodness.
Gen. 1:31; Job 26:13; John 1:2,3; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2
2 1All creatures were made by God, the last to be fashioned being man and woman who received dominion over all other creatures on the earth. 2God gave man and woman rational and immortal souls, and in all respects fitted them for a life in harmony with Himself. 3They were created in His image, possessing knowledge, righteousness and true holiness. 4The divine law was written in their hearts and they had power to obey it fully. 5Yet, being left to the liberty of their own mutable wills, transgression of the law was a possibility.
Gen. 1:26,27; 2:7; 3:6; Eccles. 7:29; Rom. 2:14,15
3 1The law of God in general was written in the hearts of the first human pair, but at the same time they were placed under a special prohibition not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 2Their happiness and fellowship with God depended upon their yielding obedience to His will, as also did the continuance of their dominion over the creatures.
Gen. 1:26,28; Gen. 2:17
- In 12 the Confession declares that “All was very good.” Using the Scripture references tray to come to a group view of what it meant for creation to be very good. Reading Genesis 1:31 and Hebrews 1: 1 – 3 together may be helpful.
- How do Colossians 1: 15 and 16 help us to understand Confession 13?
- Confession 22 says that Adam and Eve were “in all respects fitted for a life in harmony with God.” What light does Ecclesiastes 7:29 shed on how this was damaged?
- How has the Lord Jesus Christ fitted us for a life in harmony with God and what does this mean to you?
- Making use of the Scripture texts as well as Jeremiah 31: 31 -34, discuss what it might mean to have “the divine law written in our hearts” (Confession 24).
- Confession 32 says that “their happiness and fellowship with God depended on their yielding obedience to His will.” Follow through the consequences of their not doing so using Genesis 3:14 – 19 both for Adam and Eve and for us, their descendants.
- In light of your discussions and thoughts, go back to Hebrews 1: 1 -3 and use this to praise God for His salvation and to reflect upon His glory, grace and mercy.