Chapter 4: Of Creation

  1. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,1 in order to demonstrate the glory of his eternal power,2 wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world, and all things in it, whether visible or invisible, in a period of six days, and all very good.3

1 Jn 1.2-3; Heb 1.2; Jb 26.13 2 Rom 1.20 3 Col 1.16; Gen 2.1-2

  1. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female,4 with rational and immortal souls,5 making them suitable for that life to God for which they were created. They were made in the image of God,6 in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. They had the law of God written in their hearts,7 and power to fulfil it. At the same time, they had a possibility of transgressing that law, being left to the freedom of their own will, which was subject to change.8

4 Gen 1.27 5 Gen 2.7 6 Ecc 7.29; Gen 1.26 7 Rom 2.14-15 8 Gen 3.6

  1. Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.9 While they kept this commandment, they were happy in their communion [fellowship] with God, and had dominion over the creatures.10

9 Gen 2.17; 3.8-10 10 Gen 1.26, 28