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of Creation

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In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 1 for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, 2 wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good. 3

(1) John 1:2–3; Heb. 1:2; Job 26:13, (2) Rom. 1:20, (3) Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:31

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After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female, 4 with reasonable and immortal souls, 5 rendering them fit unto that life to God for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness; 6 having the law of God written in their hearts, 7 and power to fulfill it, and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change. 8

(4) Gen. 1:27, (5) Gen. 2:7, (6) Eccles. 7:29; Gen. 1:26, (7) Rom. 2:14–15, (8) Gen. 3:6

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Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, 9 which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures. 10

(9) Gen. 2:17, (10) Gen. 1:26,28

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