Series 2 - Lesson 3 - Annotation 2
What phase of creation is described in the first chapter of Genesis?
2. The first chapter of Genesis is considered to be an allegorical description of the ideal or spiritual phase of creation—the blueprint stage. It is a record of the creation of spiritual man (the Jehovah, the I AM, the Christ, the Lord God, the only-begotten Son, the man created in God's image and after His likeness, the direct offspring of Divine Mind). It is considered to be a statement of the ideas upon which evolution is based. This description does not include manifest, objective, or evolutional man, the human being. Rather it deals with involution—ideas involved in creation. This creation takes place in the one creative Mind, Spirit, where God (Elohim) acts in His capacity as creative power.
We are to understand that God (Elohim) created the substance that produces the appearance (matter). God (Elohim), Spirit, creates the spiritual idea which is afterward made manifest through Jehovah God, spiritual man, the created. God created the ideas that produced creation, including ideal man, and He pronounced this creation "good" and "very good." That perfect or ideal man is the essential spiritual image in every individual, with the potential to come forth into manifestation in compliance with spiritual law.
Preceding Entry: Give reasons for considering the Scriptures allegorical.
Following Entry: What evidence have we in the Bible that this is an ideal and not a manifest creation?